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OCSD hears Johnson Controls update

February 7, 2011

The Oktibbeha County School District Board of Trustees had their questions answered during the regularly scheduled meeting regarding the heating and cooling system recently installed in the schools.
Johnson Controls Energy Solution Engineer Walter Furman spoke to the board answering questions they had regarding the lack of saving the company promised them once the new system was installed.
Furman explained that though the thermostats are locked and set on a control temperature, every time he visits the schools, the temperatures have been modified, which results in inefficient heating and cooling.
He also explained that the location of the thermostats could affect how the systems heat and cool, especially if they are located close to main doors or electronics that emit heat.
The board agreed to let Supt. James Covington accompany Furman on his next walk-through to determine the beat course of action to remedy the problems.
In new business, the board voted on a new parent involvement policy.
Covington explained that the new policy reflects everything the district is currently doing, but that they had no put in a concise policy that spelled out all the efforts.
“We’re already doing these things, we just need to spell them out,” he said. “We feel this policy will increase parental participation to increase academic success.”
Covington added that the new policy is more in line with the No Child Left Behind Act, and touches on eight different components of parental involvement. The previous policy was two paragraphs long, Covington said, whereas the new policy is four pages.
The board also heard from Assistant Supt. Dr. Jerome Smith regarding district goals with student achievement. The district administers state practice tests three times a year to help familiarize students with test content.
Smith reported that the goal for the last practice test was for all students to score a Quality Distribution Index of 100 or higher, which would equate to a minimum score district wide.
Smith explained that the goal was met with East High School seeing the most gains and all schools scoring better than they did on the first practice test.
Covington then reported on the average daily attendance, which is roughly the same as last year at this time. There was a higher level of absentees at East Elementary for the month of December as they had a higher than usual occurrence of flu and other illnesses.
Under information, the board announced that East High student Marjada Tucker has had a poem published in the book “The Gold Edition,” which is circulated nationally.
The board decided to invite Tucker to the next regularly scheduled meeting, which will be held Monday, March 7 at 6 p.m. at West Oktibbeha County Elementary.

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