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Lewis 90-YEAR OLD VETERAN U.S. Congressman Thad Town of Woodville from 1981 SEES ACTIONIN Cochran,(R-Ms),requestinga to 1993. He served on the TWO MAJOR WARS flag to honor CSM James. beard for one term under the They were also the ones who late Mayor George Gonda, Turning 90-years-old is an set up the reception on April and two terms under former accomplishment by itself, but 12 and made the presenta- Mayor Ron Senko. Mr. James for a man who gave 30 years tions, was also appointed to a tern- of his life in the service of his Mr. James was bern in the porary position as a member country in the United States Whitestown community ofof the Wilkinson County Army, this fact adds a little Wilkinson County on April 3, Board of Supervisors from more to this accomplishment. 1923. December, 1993, until No- When you add in combat du- After finishing school, Mr. vember, 1994. ty in World War II and in the James entered military serv- The letter to Sen. Cochran Vietnam war, then it makes ice on February 3, 1943, and stated, Mr. James has been this milestone birthday a lit- was honorably discharged as an unselfish servant for his tle more of an amazing feat. an E-9 Command Sergeantcommunity and our country." A number of his friends Major from the U. S.Armyon During the reception CSM gathered at the law office of February 28, 1973, from his James made a number of in- Wilkerson and Crawford in station in Germany. teresting statements. Woodville on Friday, April 12, During his honorable mili- When asked what was the to congratulate Command tary career he was stationed most important medal you re- Sergeant Major Charles all over the world, sawcombat ceived, he replied, "The James, United States Army, dutyinWorldWarIIandinthe Bronze Star with V which sig- (Ret), on the occasion of his Vietnam War. Even though he nifies combat service. I have 90th birthday, was in the Army during the four or five of these." In addition to receiving a Korean War, he never saw ac- He followed with, "I also birthday cake, Mr. James and tion and spent this time frame have the Good Conduct Metal his friends also enjoyed soft stationed in Germany. which is presented every drinks at the reception. That same year Mr. James three years to long-term sol- But the big surprise of the entered Alcorn State Univer- diem. The one I have denotes event was the presentation of sity and graduated in May, that I received this honor a a U.S. flag along with a 1978, with a degree in Ele- total of 10 times. This is very framed certificate stating mentary Education. He important to me." that the nation's symbol was taught in the Adams County He added, "One medal I flown over the U. S. Capitolin Public School System until didn't receive was a Purple Washington, D. C in CSM his retirement in 1989.Heart which is presented for James' honor. Other accomplishments injuries received during serv- Two dose friends, Gene during his long life include ice. I was in the Army for 30 Loi~on and Shep Crawford, serving as a member of the years without receiving a took the initiative and wrote Board of Aldermen of the scratch." CATCHINGS CLINIC EARNS CLEAN policy to protect its patients and AIR AWARD -- Catchings Clinic in staff from the exposure of second- Woodville was recently recognized ashand smoke. The award was present- being voluntarily smoke-free by the ed to Chad Netterville, right, Admin- Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition istrator of Field Memorial Communi- of Pike, Amite, and Wilkinson Coun- ty Hospital & Clinics, by George ties. Being part of a city that does not Dixon, left, President of the Missis- have a comprehensive smoke-free or- sippi Tobacco Free Coalition of Pike, dinance in place, Catchings Clinic Amite, and Wilkinson Counties. -- chose to enforce its own smoke-free Submitted Photo Wflkins County Superin- tendent of Education Timothy T Scott announced at the Wednesday, April 10, mee g of the Wilkinson County Board of Education that the re nfly awarded hunting leases on school section lands would have to be resdnded due to the fact that no advertisement ap- peared in The Woodvd/e Re- publican. "We did not get a proper ad- verti~ xnent in the local paper, so the bids we awarded are not valid. We must declare these bids null and void because we did not properly advertiso ac- cording to state law. We now must advertise for new bids fur hunting and fishing rights on all our school secfico s," said Supt. Scott last week On motion by board mem- ber Linda Beyd and a sec~d by board member Billy Spiller, the beard voted 5-0 to rescind the current hunting lease bids received en March 20. On mo- tion by board member Fannie Batoaste and a seared by Boyd, the board unanimously author- ized the re-adveri~ment for hunting and fishing bid offer These new bids will be opened and examined at the board's Wednesday, May 8, meetir]g, Board member Johnny Smallwood commented about the "Public Comments" entry on the meeting agend~ "When we added this item to the agenda, it was not put in The Woodvg/e Repub//am. This means the public doesn't know that they can come to our meet- ing and make valid comments about the school district We want parents and supporters to come to our beard meetings and act in a pax ssional man- ner." Supt. Scott replied, "We l? age a sdmol district policy gives parents and sup- porters an avenue to take to make comment They can fill out paperwork and then meet with the superintendent to file complaints or if they have prob- lems at one of our schools? Board member Soyd said, "It is my understanding that the public comments portion of the agenda is for updates and for infonnatien about what is going on in our school district" The beard voted unani- mously to approve a resolution to be included in the school dis- trict minutes in memory of for- mer district employee Henry Smith, who was a teacher and adminisWator in the Wflkinsen County School District. The longfime educator died recent- lyinAdams COunV Supt Scott announced that he and Federal Pregrams Coor- dinator Resie Wilson were headed to Wasbingt~ D.C at which time Mr~ Wilson will be for her excellence and dedication to the sdmol district and its ~Ment~ Three representatives of the Educational Planning Group of Jackson appeared be- fore the school board at the April 10 meeting to offer their services in "targeting school im- provement for student suc- cess." EPG representative Dr. I slie Johnson stated, "The vision of Educational Plan- ning Group is to be the pre- mier provider of school im- provement services in the country." EPG seeks to provide cre- ative and practical solutions to many of the challenges faced by schools and school districts. Areas include fadli- flee and school improvement plaun . "We guarantee test score improvement~ but not a mon- ey-back guarantee," said Dr. Johnson. "To make this work teachers must buy into our plan, and if they don't, we will report these t~adlers to the prindpals and/~ the board of education? Board member stated, "As a board member I am serious a ut academic ed- ucation in our distnct We are spending money on education, our wheels are spinning and our grades are not improving. We need to do what we can to improve our district's test scores." Johnson followed,"ifyou don't have support of your teachers, you cannot impmve education in your district," Smallwood asked Dr. John- sc~"Have you been to a school district where you have found teachers who won't work with yore We have teachers who aren't doing their job, and we can't let them go? D~. Johnson stated, 'Te~ I c not lie, we have seen this in other districts? No action was taken follow- ing the presentation. EtN] representatives were invited to the meeiing because in past months several v~rflkin- sen County school board mere- have expressed displeas- ure with the poor results with student education and low test scores. For a n~ of years the school has retained the services of another education monitoring group JBHM. Board members have openly expressed concerns about the educational results being ob- tained under the guidance of JBI-I The school district adver- tised for a timber sale on 54 acres in Section 19, T4N/R2W. No bids were receive& County Forester Charles We]]hn~ stated, "-We have ad- vertised this area before, but due to the rough, hilly terrain, it is going to be tough to sell. Not many loggers use power saws any more. They use tree cutting machinery, and this limits them on where they can log with this equipment." The board voted to author- ize Supt. Scott to advertise for road work on Section 17, T2N/R1E estimated to cost about $3o0. The board also authorized the adv~ent for bids on several other school sections for timber sales for thinning and re-generation cuts on four oth- er school secfien The school board examined the 2013-2014 calendars for the operation of the school dis- trict and the central office. Board member Boyd ques- tiened why the school district got two days offfor Mardi Gra "The school gets two days olf for Mardi Gras, goes to school three days, then is off the next week for spring breal~ I don't like this. A lot of teachers and students take off for Mardi Gras. We need to do away with this holiday;", said Boyd. Mr Smallwood added,"Sev- eral students have informed me that ~achers have said that they don't have to come to school on Fridays because they aren't going to be doing any- thing any way?. SupL Scott asked the board to approve the calendars as presented. "These are due in to the state on Friday. We don't have time to make any change " On motion by Spiller and second by Bateaste, the board approved the school calendar as presented with a 5-0 vote. The central office calendar was also approved 5-0 on motion by Spiller and seconded by Boyd. Supt. Scott informed the board that a new state law re- quires that the school district have a survey on all school sec- tions with residential housing on thenL "we have to have a survey of the residential location to give us the exact amount of land being leased," said Supt. Scott. "we have one that is com- ing up at this time. The school district will have to pay the ex- pense for the survey?'. On motion by board mem- ber Billy Spiller and seconded by Mrs. Bateaste, the board ap- proved the survey on the lone lease pending at this time. On motien by Boyd and soc- coded by Spiller, fhe board ap- proved the hiring of an assis- tant teacher at Finch Elemen- tary and a substitute teacher at WCF ~ for the remainder ofthe current school year. The board voted to discuss the superintendents long list of DAVID OWENS, JR. SEEKS ELECTION CENTREVILLE MAYOR David Owens, Jr has an- nounced that he has qualified to run for election to the posi- tion of Mayor of the Town of Centreville in the Tuesday, May 7, 2013, Democratic Pri- mary Election. recommendations for hire for the 2013-2014 sohool year in executive session at the end of the meeting. At press time no information was made avail- able on this dosed door session. The hoard voted unani- mously to accept the retire- ment letter from a WCHS em- ployee and the retirement let- ter from a Finch employee. Supt. Scott reported that he had recently received a num- bor of complaints about drivers .not obeying the state law to stop for school buses. "Our buses are being driven around while they are stopped with warning arms out and lights on. This is against state law; said Supt. Scott. "Eae school district needs to sot a policy concmvfing this problem and give this to the Wilkinson County Sheriff's Department." The matter was approved with a 5-0 vote on motion by Boyd and seconded by Bateaste. Two long-standing polities of the Wilkinson County School District must be updated at the request of the state. These polides are as fol- lows: Wilkinson County School District Parental Involvement Policy/Plan Wilkinson County School District Fixed Asset Policy/Phn. Supt. Scott announced that the school district was experi- encing a "shortfall" in fimding. "we need to go to the Wilkinson County Board of Supervisors and ask for an allot~nent in- crease from the county?.' This matter was approved by a tmanimous board vote. Supt. Scott gave the board a report on student dropout rates. "We implemented a GED program in the district to cut down on dropouts. This is working. Current teachers are doing a great job, and have turned the program around." Scott continued, "Students who receive a GED cannot par- tidpate in graduation. We hold a special recognition pro- gram for GED recipients and present them with their certiii- cates. This will be the first time a student has received a GED directly from the WCSD." The board spent a short time discussing school district plans in place concerning emergendes, evacuations, fire, tornado and dangerous person on campu~ Supt. Scott then gave a re- port on student and teacher daily attendance. "Our students are coming to school. Our average absentee number is about 10 per day for the entire district; said Scott. Our kids are coming to school but the problem we have is what they do when they get here? When speaking on teacher attendance, Scott commented, "It is a different story for teach- er~ Their attendance numbers are not that good. Board member Boyd asked. "Are there teachers who have missed more days that our dis- trict policy allowsT Scott replied, %res, there are some" Scott added, '~ur biggest absenteeism problem is with our para-professional staff. They are not attending school like they shonl&" Board President Charlie Floyd asked Supt. Scott to pre- pare and present reports on the following areas: Budget Review Athletic Budget Review Teacher/Student Survey on the climate at county schools. The next regularly sched- uled board mesting will be held on WoJnesday, May 8, in the board room of the central office on Main Street in Woodville. "I want the voters of Cen- treville to know that I am the most qualified candidate for this office. I ask that you consider me when you go to the polls on May 7. "I will release my state- ment to the voters at a later date." Respectfully, David Owens, Jr.