By STEVEN NALLEY
Oktibbeha County School District Conservator Margie Pulley discussed prior meetings with faculty and staff and plans for supervision of those employees at her first regular monthly meeting Thursday.
Most of the items on the district agenda, provided before the meeting, were consent agenda and regular agenda items Pulley approved in short order, including land management service recommendations, the claims docket, forestry recommendations and prior meetings’ minutes. Pulley also gave a conservator’s report discussing her various activities in her first week as conservator, including a staff meeting with employees from all four OCSD schools on Monday.
“We had a very good meeting with faculty and staff on Monday,” Pulley said. “At that meeting, the goals and expectations for the district were set. The principals’ meeting was held on Wednesday. Lesson planning, pacing guides, supervision of instruction, classroom observation and the Mississippi curriculum frameworks were the focus in that meeting of all four principals. Later, an administrators’ meeting was also held. That meeting focused on district management and the process standards.”
Pulley said she plans to meet with principals and administrators every week, and she plans to also visit each school on a weekly basis. She said she believes the OCSD has the potential to become a strong school district.
“We will work to ensure teaching and learning is the priority at each school in this district,” Pulley said. “I look forward to working with administrators, teachers, students, parents and the community as we improve the Oktibbeha County School District.”
Pulley also announced a new after-school program scheduled to begin at all schools later in January. She said this program is funded by 21st Century Community Learning Centers.
“All schools will participate in the program four days per week for at least two hours per day,” Pulley said.
Finally, Pulley announced that West Oktibbeha County Elementary School has earned the Value Added Award from Mississippi State University’s Program of Research and Evaluation for Public Schools (PREPS) for its high-performing QDI of 176 and its strong performance on the math section of the Mississippi Curriculum Test Version 2 (MCT2). She said WOCES will receive the award at a PREPS conference Feb. 20-21 in Jackson. The Value Added Awards recognize schools performing significantly better than others with comparable socioeconomic circumstances, according to the PREPS website.
Concerning the meeting agenda that was not released Wednesday, Pulley said she had completed the agenda Wednesday but had not given it to her secretary, Robin Barnes, who had said the agenda was not ready when the school district offices closed Wednesday afternoon. From now on, Pulley said, agendas for monthly OCSD meetings on Mondays will be available on the Friday before the meeting. The next board meeting is scheduled for Feb. 4, she said.