Members of the Oktibbeha County School District Board of Trustees learned of several needed athletic facility repairs when they conducted their annual site tour of East Oktibbeha High before their regularly scheduled meeting Monday night.
Each school year, the board conducts its monthly board meetings at each of the four county schools so that the board members can remain in contact with school administrators.
During public comment, East High’s Booster Club President Tommy Robinson addressed the board with some concerns he had regarding the school’s athletic facilities.
Robinson said the football field has improper lighting, and a damaged lighting pole is still on the property from last year’s storms that rendered it broken.
He commented that the softball fields are in need of a face lift, and that visiting teams are making comments about its disrepair.
The last issue he address is that of the concession stand, which is also in need of attention.
“It seems like we’re going in the right direction, and the principal is doing a real good job,” Robinson said. “We’ll be included doing as much as we can do as part of the Booster Club,” Robinson added of the work needing to be done.
Board President Curtis Snell thanked Robinson for his input, but explained that the board is not obligated to respond to public comment, but that his concerns had been noted.
In other business, Supt. James Covington asked for approval for the OCSD to use Overstreet School as the alternative school.
The alternative school was previously housed at Quad-County Alternative School on Industrial Road in Starkville; however, when the Starkville School District completed its construction projects for a district realignment, Overstreet, which was previously the third grade school, was left without housing students so the SSD decided to move the alternative school there.
The board’s approval on the matter to reflect to the contact between the SSD and OCSD for the alternative school, the agreement for which was reworded to reflect the new location and name, though nothing else was changed.
Board member Yvette Rice revisited the notion of what would be involved in creating an alternative solely for OCSD children. Covington explained that it was not a cost-effective option for the district to create its own alternative school.
“Maybe over the long-run, yeah, but the start-up cost would be enormous,” Covington explained.
During new business, Covington asked the board to discuss the quarterly report on student achieve goals during executive session rather than during the open meeting “due to the sensitive nature” of the matter, Covington said.
Also under new business, the agenda called for discussion of the budget from the 2009-2010 school year, but Covington asked for a special meeting for Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. to give administrators time to gather the information.
The board must have this information ready for the State Dept. of Education by Oct. 15.
The last item in new business was the announcement of the second portion of Improving Student Outcomes and Academic Success training that will take place at Northwest Rankin High School on Oct. 26.
Covington asked East Elementary Principal Yolanda Magee and East High Principal Broderwick Cochran to attend the meeting with the school board.
The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be held Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. at East Oktibbeha County Elementary.