Simpson County School Board

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Simpson County School Board approved making Magee Elementary a K-5 beginning with school year 2020 at their regular schedule board meeting Thursday, February 13, 2020. All fourth graders attending Magee now will stay an additional year with the new school year.


The board amended a previous motion of the facility needs assessments that will be presented by The Bailey Group at community meeting to include option 5.0. The Bailey Group has 60 days to have community meetings and present these options.


February 3-7 was National School Counseling week and the some of the Counselors from each school met before the board and gave an overview of what is happening in each school.


A motion was presented to the board to move public comments from the end of the meetings to the beginning the meetings. On a two to two vote, Boykin and Cowart for and Herrin and Bulger against.  The motion died and no action was taken.


The board voted to move the March 12, 2020 meeting to March 19th due to Spring Break falling during the week of the 12th.


The following consent agenda was approved:

·       Permission for Joanna Maddox to attend the School Nutrition Association Conference, July 12-14, 2020 in Nashville, TN
Funding paid with Federal Programs.
b. Permission for Misty Hanna to attend 2020 NAFEPA Conference, March 16-18, 2020 in Washington, DC.
Paid for with Federal Funds.
c. Permission for Amanda Sumrall and band students to attend University of MS Honor Band Clinic, February 20-22, 2020 in Oxford, MS.
Paid for by Parents.
d. Permission for Misty Hanna to attend the ESSA and IDEA Collaborative Fiscal Conference, March 4-5, 2020 in Vicksburg, MS.
Trip is covered with Federal Funds.
e. Crystal Brewer requested permission to attend the ETS School Counselor National Advisor Committee meeting, February 26-28, 2020 in Princeton, NJ
All expenses covered by ETS
f. Mendenhall Jr High Beta Club and sponsors, Jada Deal and Gwynn James requested permission to attend the Jr Beta Convention, March 17-19, 2020 in Biloxi, MS.
Trip is funded by Beta Club
g. Magee High Beta Club and sponsors, Jada Deal and Katrina Sims requested permission to attend the Sr Beta Convention, March 1-3, 2020 in Biloxi, MS.
Trip is paid for with Beta Club funds.




Permission for Teddy Dyess to attend the Gulf Coast Coaching Clinic. February 12-14, 2020 in Biloxi, MS was requested.
Trip is paid for with Athletic Funds




The following HR Report was approved:


Hire Courtney Devrow as a teacher at Magee Middle School, and Brianne Kelly as a teacher at the Career and Technical Center. Permission was granted by the board to hire Michael Keith as a Cafeteria worker at Magee High and Dorothy McClendon as an Instructional Assistant at Mendenhall Jr. High.


The flowing Administrative positions were approved for the 2020-2021 School year.

Dr. Roberts Sanders, Assistant Superintendent;  Mrs. Debbie Davis Deputy Superintendent; Mrs. Misty Hanna as Associate Superintendent; Ms. Jeanie Pigg, Associate Superintendent; Duane Fewell Director Finance; Joanna Maddox Director Child Nutrition; Jeffery Walker Director; Dr. Kay Berry Director Technology; Dr. Antionette Woodall Principal Simpson Central; Rhonda Berry Principal Mendenhall Elementary; Sydney Magee Principal Mendenhall Junior High; Romonica Feazell Principal Mendenhall High School; Dr. Paul Lawrence Principal Magee Elementary; Tracey Pierre Principal Magee Junior High; Terrell Luckey Principal Achievement Center; and Dr, George Huffman Principal Career and Technical Center.


The following retirements were approved by the board.

Sharon Smith Magee Elementary, Carla Lawrence Magee Elementary, Angela Monk Magee Elementary, Dr. Tom Duncan Magee High School, Holly Grantham Simpson Central, Teresa Bynum Mendenhall High School, James Dampeer Mendenhall High School, Tina Benton Magee Elementary, Tim Jordan Magee Middle School, andTim White Magee Middle.


The following resignations were approved.

Stephanie Chisolm Magee Middle, Phillip Shelton Mendenhall Jr. High, Tiffany Gordon Simpson Central, Donna Pace Magee Elementary, Jamie Cosby Simpson Central, Ashleigh Cheatham Mendenhall Elementary, Jordan Faler Mendenhall Elementary, Heather Miller Magee Middle, and Christopher Alford Mendenhall Junior High.



JH & H Architects met before the board and presented a blueprint design for a baseball and softball field project at Mendenhall  An additional 75 feet of land is needed on the north side of the baseball field to save on expensive dirt work on the south end. JH & H Architects advised this could be a costly project of around 3.2 million dollars (This is not a bid the price is only an estimate of what something like this could cost).  No action has been taken by the board at this time other than to acquire bids for a cost estimate.  If the fields are even a project to move forward with, negotiation for land that surrounds the northern end of the property are required.



With no further business the meeting went into executive session to discuss student discipline.









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