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School board OKs new meeting dates

September 4, 2012

By CARL SMITH
sdnnews@bellsouth.net

The Starkville School District Board of Trustees unanimously passed a policy amendment which will move its normal monthly meeting to the second Tuesday of every month beginning in January.

By moving their monthly meeting, school board officials are able to avoid hosting a meeting which conflicts with the Starkville Board of Aldermen’s first meeting of the month. Aldermen meetings are held 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of every month, while the school board meets 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month.

Since the board amended its meeting policy instead of developing new rules, trustees did not have to conduct first and second reads of the policy. School board policy still states special meetings shall be held upon the call of the president or upon the call of a majority of board members.

The board passed the amendment with little discussion.

In other business, Superintendent Lewis Holloway presented a list of district maintenance and repair needs which could be covered by a zero-interest, 15-year bond.

The school board approved an application for a Qualified School Construction Bond Tuesday which highlights district needs including new roofs at Overstreet, the Millsaps Career and Technical Center and the Armstrong Middle School Gymnasium; turf and track issues at Starkville High School’s football field; and renovations to the Greensboro Center’s auditorium. Roof repairs combined would total almost $1.5 million, while the district projects the two football field projects would cost approximately $1 million.

Holloway said the district could hear back about its application in at least 30 days.

“On top of this is a sea of little items — general maintenance issues — that we are working hard to get caught up with,” Holloway said. “Think of this as applying for a grant. If the grant is approved, then we’ll decide how to pursue (with district needs).”

The board also authorized the district to pursue a lease-purchase plan for computers which will give each district teacher his or her own work-based laptop. The addition of these computers, Holloway said, will set a technology standard for the district. After three years, the district will return the laptops for newer units, thereby keeping the district up-to-date with computing needs.

“This will put state-of-the-art technology in our teachers’ hands for a very, very long time,” Holloway said. “(Home access to the laptops) gives (teachers) the ability to do lesson plans, grade — whatever they need to do to improve their education.”

Holloway said he’s previously utilized similar programs and could only recall losing a district computer once.

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