HOLCOMB, Mo. -- The Holcomb Board of Education will hold interviews for vacant seat of the former school board member, Keith Massey, after receiving Mr. Massey's letter of resignation in November. Those who are intended to be interviewed include; Michael Vance, Gary Brown, and Danny Broglin. The special meeting to interview and choose one of the three will take place Jan. 17, at approximately 7 p.m.
Massey was arrested on drug charges in May 2012, when law enforcement officials searched his home and found more than 320 grams of marijuana in his possession as well as to what appeared to be a personal marijuana cigarette, partially remaining, located in a storage room in the carport area of his home.
He was arrested on site and transported to the Dunklin County Justice Center where he was officially charged and booked on the two counts.
Massey posted a bond of $25,000 a few days later and was released.
In November 2012, Massey entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to five year in the Missouri Department of Adult Institutions. The sentence was suspended in favor of five years supervised probation with special conditions.
The board members also approved three new substitutes for the district. They include; Amanda Mauldin, Peggy Bulliner, and Rebecca Hickson.
Also in the meeting, the board approved the payment of the monthly bills and then were given the principal's reports. For the grades 7-12, Mr. Hodges reported that report card had been released on Jan. 8, and also spoke of Homecoming, which is expected to take place Feb. 9, 2013. The current enrollment for the grade levels of 7-12 is 246.
For the elementary school, Mr. Shelton reported that 319 students were enrolled. The board also received the information that Ms. Buchanan had began her tutoring.
In the Superintendent's report, Ashley McMillian told the board members about the SEMO Superintendent's meeting that he had attended, where they discussed school safety. McMillian also told of the staff dinner, expected to take place Jan. 26.
The board members approved a date of April 2, 2013 to hold a special bond election, for a No-Tax increase bond issue.
The board members also approved the McMillian to begin forming a steering committee., who will campaign for the bond issue.
In the executive portion of the meeting, board members made the decision to rehire McMillian, supported by all five board members in attendance.