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The Oktibbeha County School Board will introduce a new assistant superintendent at its meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the districtâs main office.
James Covington, OCSD superintendent, said Kathi Wilson will start as assistant superintendent on Monday and will appear at Monday nightâs meeting. Previously, Wilson was assistant superintendent for the Holmes County School District based in Lexington, he said, and before that, she was principal of Starkville High School.
âShe comes to us with a lot of experience, on the school level as well as at the central office level,â Covington said. âWhen she was at SHS, she consistently made that school a high level 4 ... for several years. Sheâll bring a wealth of experience as well as knowledge to the OCSD.â
Wilson replaces Jerome Smith, who retired as assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment this year after 41 years in education.
Covington said one item not on the boardâs agenda is the Oktibbeha County Lake. At its June meeting, the OCSD board voted unanimously to re-advertise for proposals for the lake with a new deadline of July 31, and as a result, Covington said further lake discussion will likely wait until the August meeting.
Another significant item Covington said will not come until August is the schoolâs budget.
âWeâre needing numbers from the tax assessorâs office so we can complete the budget process,â Covington said. âThat probably wonât be available until after July, I think. Weâre not quite ready to deal with the budget issue just yet. â
Covington said the board will also approve a professional development handbook for the upcoming school year, which teachers will use to prepare before students arrive. Other items he said the board will address include propane bids, an insurance bid, an agreement between Institute of Community Services, Inc. and the OCSD, and other general school business.