Simpson County School Board

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The first order of business for the January regular School Board meeting was to approve the agenda and elect new officers.

New officers elected for 2020 are:

  • Danny Cowart – President
  • Lilly Hardy – Vice President
  • Patrice Boykin – Secretary


Three students were recognized by Superintendent Greg Paes and Coach Teddy Dyess for achieving 3A All State Team. Paes also commended these young men for not only their athletic ability but for their grades in the classroom.  All three students are honor students.

  • Sam Rials  
  • Chandler Pittman . 
  • Josh Sanders .  


Andrew Bush, with Estes Group from Ridgeland, met before the board to discuss the Pioneer Building located in Magee and the possibility of the school district obtaining the property for future school building projects. The board agreed to entertain the idea and invest further in the suggestion.


Mendenhall High School requested permission to accept a $750.00 donation from Bancorp South Bank to be used in the Economics class. Permission was granted from the board to accept the donation.


Principals from each school met before the board to give an update on how pretesting results and preparation for upcoming testing was coming.


The following travel was approved:

·       Stephanie Hubbard, Debbie Davis, Misty Hanna and Deia Sanders request permission to attend SE Blended Learning Symposium, Feb 3-5, 2020 in Orlando, FL
District and Federal Funds for (2) registrations and travel to and from airport.  Flight, hotel and meals will be paid by Curriculum Associates.  Deia Sanders and Stephanie Hubbard will be presenting at the conference.  Their registrations has been paid by CA.
·       Angela Mullins requested permission to attend the MEGA Resource School Librarian Workshop, February 13-14, 2020 in Starkville, MS.
Trip is funded by District funds.
·       Kim Holloway requested permission to attend the MS School Counselor Association Spring Workshop, February 20-21, 2020 in Oxford, MS.
The conference will be paid for with Federal Funds.
·       Crystal Brewer requested permission to attend ASCA Gala, January 30-31, 2020 in Washington, DC.  The trip is no cost to District

·       Monroe Allen, Jeffrey Crosby, Derrick Jenkins & Cyril Fisher requested permission to attend Gulf Coast Coaching Clinic, February 12-14, 2020 in Biloxi, MS. The trip is paid  with Athletic Funds


Board adjourned to go into executive session to discuss student discipline.


In an earlier special called board meeting, the school board met to discuss the next steps with the Bailey Group and their study. The board agreed to asked Bailey to return data information concerning testing for grades K-6, 7-9, and 10th -12th. The board needs this information to determine the next steps concerning restructuring within the district.

The board also met during a special called meeting to discuss the possibility of a land trade (Washington Park) with the City of Magee.  The school board will exchange land with an agreement to play ball on city fields.

Two options were presented by the City of Magee.

Option -1 School shall convey Washington Park to City, School may use the high school sized baseball field and girls’ softball field 5 at the Jimmy Clyde Sportsplex for a period of fifteen (15) years free of charge beginning January 1, 2020.


Option #2 – City and School shall enter into an Interlocal Agreement whereby School my use the high School sized baseball field and girls’ softball field 5 at the Jimmy Clyde Sportsplex for a period of ten (10) years at a cost of $15,000 per year beginning January 1, 2020.


Under either proposal it shall be the responsibility of the School to maintain the baseball field, dugouts, bleachers, batting cage, press box, etc. Associated with the field during the entirety of the pre-season, regular season, and playoffs. School shall repair any damage to the facility caused by its use of the facility. School shall repair any damage to the facility caused by normal wear and tear or any other reason if the cost of repair is less that $2,500.00. City of Magee will maintain softball field 5. School shall have priority use of the fields during their respective seasons.


The board voted to accept option #1 with a better understanding of liability and legal wording of contract concerning property.





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