NBCSD board prepares for September meetings
by Anne Hart Preus
Aug 27, 2014 | 1544 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The North Bolivar Consolidated School Board met Monday night in the Shelby Broad Street High School cafeteria to conduct the monthly business of the district.

Superintendent Johnnie Vick reported that preliminary test scores have been released by the Mississippi State Department of Education and they are still under embargo; however they will be released to the public in September.

The district is looking at the data to develop plans for what needs to be done regarding instruction.

School will be out on Monday to celebrate Labor Day and teachers will return on the second for a districtwide common core workshop at Broad Street.

Students will return on Sept. 3.

"We will have many more common core workshops throughout the year with a special one for parents coming up," said Vick.

"Progress reports will be issued on Sept. 4," said Vick.

To complete his report, Vick yielded to each principal to report on individual schools.

J.F.K. Principal Dr. Wanda Stringer reported the counselor was working on schedules so that all students are taking the necessary courses. Textbooks have been issued to most of the students.

""We have, for the first time, all highly qualified teachers with the exception of one who will get a license next week, " said Stringer. "We are using the M-Star for evaluation and teacher rating and are holding a workshop with our new teachers."

Stringer said, "We are hosting after school tutorials for those students who have to re-test in the state subject area tests. Eighteen are taking the algebra I test, three are taking the biology test, 23 are taking the English II and 12 are re-taking the U.S. History exam."

Brooks Elementary Principal Doris Hall reported on the efforts being made regarding the literacy based promotion act to assure that all third graders are reading on grade level.

The Mississippi State Department of Education has provided literacy coach Marie McGowan to observe teachers and provide feedback, to model effective lessons, and to give professional development sessions.

"Student enrollment is at 267," said Hall.

"We are assessing students with the STAR assessment," said Hall.

Sonya DeBose, principal at Shelby Broad Street, reported an enrollment of 168 students. "We will have open house on Sept. 4," said DeBose.

"Our new teachers have had training on use of the library and Coahoma Community College has done literacy training for remediation in math or biology," said DeBose.

"(Shelby) Police Chief Patrick Johnson provided information on legal issues and is partnering with us for a safe school," said DeBose.

I.T. Montgomery Principal Montresia Cain said," We have 340 students and our teachers have resources. Our Saxon phonics program is here, and we are in the process of the M-Star walk through."

"Our 21st Century program will start on Sept. 8," said Cain.

Shelby Middle School Principal Kevin Carter invited the public to open house on Sept. 3. "I am providing instructional support by modeling lessons," said Carter.

The board approved the rental of three dishwashers to replace those at Brooks Elementary, Broad Street and Shelby Middle School at a cost of $225 per dishwasher per month for nine months.

Cafeteria supervisor Rose Tate reported that she has applied for an equipment grant to purchase dishwashers.

"Right now, we are spending $8,000 on disposable plates and that is not counting all the garbage bags we need to take care of the disposable items, " said Tate. "The cost of a dishwasher is between $12-15,000 each."

There was discussion on the wisest use of fuel and options for dispensing it. The cost of the transportation consortium was also a topic.