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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Staff photo by Chris Kaiser Members of the Holcomb Board of Education go over reports during their meeting on Thursday.
HOLCOMB, Mo. -- On Thursday, September 13, the Holcomb Board of Education met as usual for the monthly meeting.

Following the approval of the minutes from the previous meeting and the monthly bills, a report was given from Superintendent, Ashley McMillian, on behalf of Secondary Principal, Matt Hodges, who was unable to attend the first portion of the meeting. In the report, it was told that the Senior composite picture were held Thursday, September 13, with regular school pictures set to be held Friday, September 21. The FFA conference is expected to take place at 4:30 p.m., on Wednesday, September 19. In Hodges' notes, it also spoke of a mid-term report being released on Friday, September 21.

The HJHS and HHS marching band along with the FCCLA, are expected to participate in the Delta Fair Parade, being held in Kennett on Tuesday, September 25, with a possibility of the Holcomb High School Cheerleaders participating. McMillian also read from Hodges' notes that a volleyball game is scheduled to take place on Thursday September 20, however has been rescheduled to take place at 4:30 p.m., instead of 6 p.m., by the request of the Caruthersville school, who they will be playing against. The Junior High School basketball team will begin on Monday, October 1. They will be playing against Qulin.

The current High School enrollment was reported to be 254.

In the Elementary Principal, Jason Skelton's report, he reported that the current enrollment is 346 students, a 14 student increase from the 2011-2012 school year. Skelton also mentioned that the new faculty members were doing well.

In attendance of the meeting were two new faculty members, both Holcomb School District Alumni, Rachel Murdock and Autum McCurry.

In the Special Education Director, Lisa Buchanan's report, she announced that the second annual Disability Awareness Week will take place from October 9 through October 15. She also reported that she is expected to start tutoring on October 16.

The Curriculum Director, Shea Hillis reported that the Parent MAP meeting would be held Monday, September 24, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., in the high school auditorium.

In the CTA report, it was told that they have had a great start to the year. When asked about the recycling project, Kenna Skelton said that it has been doing great, and that the trailer has to be emptied regularly. It is also expected to add smaller containers to the offices for recycling. The high school BETA club is wanting to do the Back-pack Program for their community service, expected to begin in January.

McMillian spoke on the budget with the first two payments being 90 percent and 91 percent. The superintendent also touched on the idea of getting a new auditorium, with no decisions being made. McMillian also brought up that in the Superintendents meeting, held Wednesday, September 12, Kennett High School has requested to "pull out of the Bootheel Conference, leaving spots open." This decision left the other superintendents looking at Holcomb and Campbell schools, asking Holcomb if they would be interested. He also told the board that it was nothing to decide during last nights meeting, and that it was something to think about.

School Board Member, Brandon Wallace, discussed the he was wanting to begin K-6 grade basketball. The grades would be expected to be kindergarten through the first grade, second and third, and fourth through sixth. "It will give fifth graders an idea of what's going on." The idea is to have a parent as a coach and a basketball player as an assistant, "they're like rockstars to them." Wallace plans for the teams to play the month of October this year when the gym is free and on Saturdays. He continued with saying, "It's always hard, if you don't get the DDD News, you don't ever hear about it."

The other matters the board approved, was the sale of the #7 school bus, the board also approved the Board Policy GBEBC also known as the bus driving qualifications, and a list of substitute teachers to be hired.

In the executive session, the board made the decision to hire Rebecca Raspberry as a personal aide. For the part time position for Title 1C position, funded through the Title 1C Migrant fund, Linda Rickman was approved for hire by the board.

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