Oktibbeha County School District Conservator Margie Pulley held a called meeting Feb. 13 to bring a new principal into East Oktibbeha County High School, and she plans to hold the OCSD’s regular monthly meeting at noon Monday in the OCSD’s offices, discussing routine financial issues and East Oktibbeha County Elementary School’s HealthWorks program.
The new EOCHS principal, Sharon Bonner, will be the third principal EOCHS has had in the past academic year, and the fifth the school has had in the past three years. Pulley said she was confident that Bonner was the right fit for EOCHS.
“East High needed an energetic principal, and she fits the mold,” Pulley said. “She had been teaching at East Elementary and had done an excellent job as a teacher.”
Bonner said she had enjoyed the past few weeks at EOCHS, and students and faculty alike are treating her well. She spent 12 years teaching fifth grade at EOCES, she said, and she was in her second year of teaching third grade when she transferred to the principal position.
“Most of the students (at EOCHS) are students I’ve taught,” Bonner said. “They know me. They respect me. We get along perfect. Everything I ask them to do, they do it. I think they’re going to be fine this year.”
The agenda for Pulley’s regular March meeting is the second in a row to make no mention of Rep. Toby Barker’s bill to consolidate the SSD and the OCSD in 2015. Three Oktibbeha County supervisors — Marvell Howard, Orlando Trainer and Joe Williams — held a special meeting Feb. 12 to enable county residents to voice their concerns about the bill. Pulley said she had not planned a similar meeting with OCSD stakeholders, but she would consider it.
“The (Mississippi Department of Education) and the conservator take the position that consolidation is a legislative issue,” Pulley said. “We will have our meetings with the parents of the appropriate schools at the appropriate time. I have talked to supervisors, not necessarily about consolidation, though. I’m working to improve student achievement. I will continue to do that.”
Other items on the agenda OCSD released Friday include claims docket and financial information, approval of land management service recommendation, declaration of April 1 as a snow make-up day, approval of the 2013-14 calendar and naming of students and employees of the month. EOCES is also slated to present on its HealthWorks program.
“The Wellness Council from East Elementary will talk about their activities for the year,” Pulley said. “It’s not necessarily a new program, but just the activities (are new).”