TYLERTOWN — Terra Williams, area director for the statewide Families First for Mississippi community services organization, offered its services to the Walthall County School Board on Nov. 16.
“I want to be part of your district,” Williams said. “I want to go into your schools and talk and share our materials. I want to make a positive impact on your students.”
Williams said Families First offers classes on such topics as nutrition, financial literacy, dealing with bullies and being a positive role model. “We want to make sure kids have the information they need,” Williams said.
A handout Williams gave to board members noted other classes offered to the public at various sites in her three-county district, including the Walthall County Library. There, members of the public can take classes in parenting, job readiness, life skills and finances.
In other business, trustees:
• Heard from business manager Marcy Hartzog, who said a reclassification of damage sustained during Hurricane Isaac in 2012 would bring some money to the district. The change from rising water to wind damage netted the district $25,200 in increased insurance payout.
“It’s taken all these years to get that straightened out,” Hartzog said.
She also noted that recognition grant money for schools that improved their accreditation had been paid to teachers at Tylertown Elementary School as decided by a committee of teachers there. Payments to eligible teachers were given roughly equally.
• Heard from Superintendent Wade Carney, who said the auto service program at the Career & Technology Center is being evaluated for national certification by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation.
• Noted that as of Nov. 16, there were 10 students in the district GED program. Three students were to take their final tests Nov. 28.
• Learned district enrollment was 1,866 students in mid-November, up five from October. Average daily attendance was 95.3 percent in November, down 0.2 percent.
• Learned discipline referrals for September included 77 at Tylertown High School, 29 at Salem Attendance Center and three at Dexter Elementary School.
• Noted that students with all A’s for the first nine weeks were to be treated to a pizza lunch with Carney at Pizza Inn on Nov. 28. There were 24 students on the Superintendent’s List.
• Hired substitute teachers Abron Smith, Todreka Ratliff and Maureen Fowler and special services teacher Humberto Futch.
• Approved travel for Dianna Ravencraft, Jessie Crain, Traci McDowell and Jocelyn McDavis to school-related events.
• Approved fundraisers for the Tylertown archery team and the Salem Beta Club.