School Board holds monthly meeting

By Amanda McBride
The Choctaw Plaindealer

District Science Fair winners from Ackerman High school were
recognized for their outstanding achievement.

Superintendent Glen Beard said the district is “really proud” of
theses “outstanding individuals from our district.”

Each student was recognized individually for their hard work and what
place they won in the previous district science fair.

International Science Fair Finalist – Jennifer Bigley
International Science Fair Alternate – Katalin Jones
Special Award – $250 – International Society for Optics and
Phontonics – Katalin Jones

Category Awards:
Behavioral and Social Science – 1st – Jennifer Bigley
Biochemistry – 1st Dakota Deaton
Botany – 1st Alex Parish
Chemistry – 2nd Robert Woods
Earth/Environmental Science – 1st Brantley Barksdale, 2nd Katalin Jones
Medicine & Health – 1st Elizabeth Wilson
Physics – 1st Christian Pruitt

Jo Anne Reid, AHS science teacher, said each student has been working
hard to get ready for the state competition. She also thanked AHS
Principal Corey Blaylock, Anthony McGee-AHS science teacher and all
the students’ parents for their help and assistance.

District 5 School Board Member Mike Thomas, also board president,
wished them good luck and thanked their parents for support.
The School Board discussed the instrument required to use in their
annual evaluation of the superintendent. Thomas said the board is not
ready to evaluate Beard during this meeting because they need to
adopt a policy and identify goals before evaluating him.

He added that they board needs to have a special work session to
establish the goals, objectives, to review strategies and more in the

The board agreed to have a work session March 25 at 6 p.m. to
establish those goals.

The board also approved the Special Education Transition policy after
reviewing for one month.

At the end of the meeting, the board went into executive session to
discuss a student matter and pending litigation.

After one hour in executive session, the board came back into open
meeting. Thomas stated, “Action was taken to present the most current
plan and go to the hearing on March 20 in a 4-1 vote.”

This action means that the Choctaw County School District has filed a
motion to modify the desegregation plan. The CCSD must have approval
from the Department of Justice or a court order allowing any changes
or modifications to the school district, attendance zones or schools.

The Choctaw County School District approved the following in the
consent agenda: