Polkville wants new school
by Sherry Soelman
Sep 23, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Polkville citizens wait for the meeting to start in the new cafeteria at Mize.
Polkville citizens wait for the meeting to start in the new cafeteria at Mize.
The biggest surprise at the school board meeting in Smith County Tuesday night, September 6, 2011, was not the change in venue, but that about 50 residents of Polkville showed up at the Mize Cafeteria. They arrived on time and ready to plead their case for the opening of an elementary school in their town. None of the board members voiced any opposition to the new school. Both Reverend Hicks and Mark Roberts said they were not prepared to act on any move forward. The board members voted to take the matter under review.

This being her first board meeting since returning as Business Manager for the School District, Lisa Thompson did not hesitate to let everyone know she was not prepared to say what money was available for a new school. She said Duane Fewell was closing out the 2011 year and his final report was due to the state by October 15. Thompson said any findings she could present would be after the October 15 deadline.

Unlike the May 16, 2011, meeting held in Polkville, where about 140 people attended, the Polkville citizens did not stay for the remainder of the meeting. After trying to set a timeline on the progress, they took their seats on the bus they arrived in to return home. Although they were not listed on the agenda, their opportunity to speak and ask questions lasted about 30 minutes.

The board members proceeded down the remainder of the agenda voting four for, one absent on all of the motions. Randy Lowery was not at the meeting.

In personnel matters, Melissa Hough received a salary increase to $39,735 due to an upgrade in her license to AA. Magdalene McCraw resigned as Spanish/Science teacher at Taylorsville Attendance Center and Mize Attendance Center. Ashley Means was voted sponsor for the Raleigh High School Band Color Guard.

Amanda Jackson, Tasiha Turnage and Christopher D. Keyes will substitute at Mize Attendance Center and Jessica Kay will substitute teach at Taylorsville Attendance Center for the 2011-2012 school year. Sherry Carr was added to both the substitute teacher list and substitute bus driver list for Raleigh Elementary School.

Published in September 14, 2011 edition of the Reformer

Kyle Magee will receive $6883.00 as a bus driver, while William James will receive $7291. When Mark Roberts, board member, questioned the difference, Thompson explained bus drivers are paid on a scale based on the radius of miles on the route. Dean Polk was added as a substitute bus driver for Taylorsville High School pending receipt of a Smith County bus card.

The board members voted Resources for Educators as a sole source vendor.

Permission was given for the Mize High School seniors to attend High School Day at the Renaissance Festival in Hammond, LA on November 14 and 15.

Three students transferred from Smith to Jasper County and one went to Rankin County, with no funds to follow. Twelve school bus turnarounds were approved.

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