School district prepares for merger
by Paisley Boston
Feb 25, 2014 | 1548 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Attendees were few at a special meeting for the new North Bolivar Consolidated School District.

According to Glenn Scott, chairman of the North Bolivar Consolidated School District, members of the board have a lot of ground to cover in a short amount of time.

Members of the board must submit a list of guidelines and for the new superintendent by March 15.

"This new consolidated board has been put under some guidelines that must be accomplished in a certain time period. We are asking the community to give their input on how they would like us to interview the new superintendent that is going to be hired," said Scott.

The board must decide upon a criterion for hiring a new superintendent for the district or use a professional hiring agency.

After establishing guidelines and criteria, members of the board must submit the information to the Mississippi State Board of Education for further review.

Once the information is approved, members of the board must then submit a list of the guidelines and a contract to the newly hired superintendent by May 15.

"We would like to get input on the characteristics that our new superintendent should have. We are currently in the process of trying to figure out whether or not we are going to have an agency find and hire the new superintendent and if not, we will interview the person," he added.

"The Mississippi School Board Association has given us specific guidance in following proper procedures for establishing guidelines and the first step was to call this meeting. We are also in the process of approving the 2014-2015 teacher pay scale for the North Bolivar Consolidated School District," continued Scott.

After Scott explained the purpose of the meeting to members of the community, he then allowed each person three minutes to render suggestions.

A few parents in the North Bolivar School District suggested that the board use the professional agency to hire the new superindent because that would eliminate bias decision-making.

The parents agreed that if members of the board choose to hire someone from Mound Bayou, then the person will primarily focus on schools in Mound Bayou and if they hire someone from Shelby, then that person will only be concerned with Shelby

President of the Mound Bayou Public Schools Alumni Association Dr. Elaine Baker said she and members of her organization were alerted about the meeting at a very short notice.

"I am sure that there are other community members that would have loved to have been here and have the opportunity to provide additional input. I just found out about the meeting yesterday," she said.

"We plan to host a workshop to clarify some information that we have gathered and we will be holding the meeting before March 15," said Scott.

"If any one community member has suggestions for establishing some guidelines for the board, they are welcome to send them to the secretary of the board and then she will e-mail it to each member of the board for further review," he continued.

According to Scott, members of the board will hold another meeting.

"Every meeting that we host as a new consolidated district is welcomed to Shelby and Mound Bayou."

Scott said if the board decides to use a professional agency to hire the superintendent then the agency would have its own set of guidelines.

A job description or a list of guidelines has not been be together as of yet for the superintendent.