By Ida Brown / firstname.lastname@example.org
The Meridian Star
Monday's regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of Meridian Public School District included several reports and numerous approvals.
However, concerns expressed in two separate presentations during the meeting's public forum were closely related: Security at Meridian High School.
The public forum is an opportunity for the community to have informal dialogue with the board. It is not meant to circumvent the existing process of presenting issues to the board through the regular meeting agenda.
Concerned parent Cynthia Griffin asked the board to consider increasing security on the MHS campus.
"With a school the size of Meridian High, I wish the board would revisit and take a look at the amount of security (guards) as well as the staff presence on campus," Griffin said. "These are preventive measures that we can actually take to eliminate tragedies and other incidents on campus."
The student asked the board to consider fencing in the campus to prevent outsiders from coming on campus and into buildings.
The following were approved by the board:
• Approval of financial statements for the district for September 2012
• Approval of Activity Funds balances, receipts and checks for September 2012
• Approval of Use of Facility Request for: 1) The American Cancer Society to use Ray Stadium to hold "Relay For Life" on May 2-4, 2013
• Approval of gifts/donations: 1) a $500 check from Trustmark National Bank to Oakland Heights School to use for student incentives; 2) a $1,000 check from
Community Bank of Ellisville to MHS to use for ACT Preparation Studies
• Approval of field trip requests for: 1) MHS Girl's Basketball team to attend a tournament at Jackson Public Schools Dec. 26-28; 2) MHS students to
travel to Italy/Rome, Venice, and Florence March 7-14, 2013 (Spring Break)
• Approval of field trip requests for: 3) West Hills Elementary School fifth graders to travel to Washington,
D.C. and Virginia May 17-21, 2013; and, 4) Magnolia Middle School students to travel to Atlanta, Ga., to attend the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site, Federal Reserve Bank, CNN Studio, & World of Coca-Cola May 19-20, 2013
• Approval to remove items from the Fixed Assets Inventory valued at $2,487.80; and, to add items to the Fixed Assets Inventory with a value amount of $29,722.78
• Approval to remove items from the assets inventory list that have been reported lost or stolen.
• Approval of renewal agreement with SAFARI Montage for SAFARI Montage software,
total cost $14,400 (Sole Source)
• Approval of agreement with Renaissance Learning Inc. to provide a two-day professional development workshop targeted specifically at Title I teachers that work with struggling students, cost $6,255
• Approval of agreement with EMCED for Dr. Royal Toy, coordinator of Gifted Education at Mississippi University for Women, to present information/strategies for working with underachieving gifted students, total cost $920
• Approval of renewal agreement with Heartland NutriKids for Technical Phone Support and Software Update, cost $5,256.58 (Sole Source)
• Approval of agreement with Kimberly Alford, CPA, to provide services that will assist with the district's audit preparation, fee for services to range between $2,100 and $2,400
• Approval of Consultant agreements: 1) for Tammy Stanford-Williams to present a dance workshop for sixth-eighth grade students at Northwest, integrating math and science in the curriculum, cost $800, by Whole School Initiative; 2) for Terrence Roberts to
present The Art of Storytelling workshop for sixth-eighth grade students integrating literacy, math, social skills in the curriculum, cost $600, funded by Whole School Initiative
Approval of Consultant agreements: 3) for Derrick Martiin to provide a workshop for students at Northwest focusing on the history of the drum set in American music, cost $1,000, funded by Whole School Initiative; 4) for Charlie Busler to work with students grades third-fifth at Poplar Springs, teaching the elements in abstract art, cost $2,700 funded by Poplar Springs Arts Initiative fund
• Approval of Campus Police Operational Procedures Manual for 2012-13
• Approval of District Test Security Plan for 2012-13
The board also approved a bid from Timber Investment Managers to spray 600 acres of 16-Section Land located on Highway 11 South.
Due to three upcoming holidays, the board approved revising their meeting scheduled for 2012-13.
And the board approved hiring for all personnel (temporary and full-time).