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SSD to discuss residency issue payment

February 7, 2011

The Starkville School District Board of Trustees will consider a compensation request in old business during the regularly schedule meeting tonight.
During the January board meeting, the board heard from parent Jessie Collier and American Civil Liberties Union attorney Bear Atwood regarding a request for the district to pay Collier a sum of $2,366.20 for the six-month period he transported his children to and from school while residency issues were being resolved.
Collier’s residency come into question when a request came to Assistant Supt. Dr. Walter Gonsoulin to repair the turn-around at the end of Collier’s street to make it easier for the buses to maneuver. That was when Gonsoulin realized a portion of Collier’s property — namely his actual house — was not within the Starkville School District limits.
Collier reported to the board in January that the Oktibbeha County School District “refused to enroll” his children, therefore, from November 2009 to May 2010, Collier transported his children to and from school while the residency issue was resolved.
Atwood reported that Collier uncured expenses up to $5,000 during that time, but is only asking the board for a reasonable $2,366.20.
The board will vote tonight to determine if compensation will be awarded to Collier.
In new business, the board will hear from Starkville High School Drama Director Mandy Kinney regarding the cost to attend the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Atlanta March 2–6. The students were awarded a pass to the Southeastern Theatre Conference due to their performance at the Mississippi Theatre Association over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. This is the first time in more than six years that the thespians have been passed on to the next level; however, the trip will cost $13,426.78.
Kinney and the thespians are only asking for one-third ($4,475.59) from the board. Noted in the agenda, Comptroller Rob Logan reports that there is $13,710 left in the travel budget for the year.
The board will decide tonight how much funding they will provide the drama group for their trip.
Prior to the board meeting, the district will host a reception for out-going board president Bill Weeks at 5 p.m. in the mezzanines of the Greensboro Center. Weeks has served on the board for 20 years.
The board will also vote to approve the following staffing recommendations, resignations, terminations and changes of status.
• Verlean Akins to be a SPED teacher assistant at Sudduth effective Feb. 9.
• Dianne Barnett to be a bus monitor effective Jan. 6.
• Emily Clark to be a teacher assistant at Emerson effective Feb. 9.
• Haley Dixon to be a childcare provider substitute for Family-Centered Programs Project TAB effective Feb. 9.
• Crystal Tomecek to be a teacher assistant floater at Sudduth effective Feb. 9.
• Part-time Armstrong janitor Ronnie Dawkins was terminated effective Sept. 2, 2010; however, notification failed to come to the Central Office to be put on the agenda until now.
• Emerson teacher assistant Denitra Glenn resigned effective Jan. 27.
• Child Nutrition bookkeeper Molly Jackson will resign effective June 15.
• Starkville High Schol JROTC senior instructor Charlese Webb’s salary will change to reflect the minimum required by the US Army.
• Central Office clerk Cindy Wilbourn will transfer to child nutrition bookkeeping effective April 1.
• Transportation shop worker Carlton Patrick’s salary will change to $18,367 effective July 1.

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