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NEWSPAPER - Established 1824 i:;  ii I. L T i:l l R P A P F. R S I i",! I: .. I/] \\;   b ,I!L/LI E:[:ll, Sf "   295g "/'-][ IMhillil,l,hllhMIllihllMIMihlllllhl,UlU,i00l00, - Volume 191 USPS 462-260 50 per copy Woodville, Mississippi 39669 Thursday, May 21,2015 Number 3 CITIZEN TRIES TO KEEP LAKE MARY ROAD OPEN -- Sonny Huey is shown using a small tractor and box blade on loan from Kirk Smith of Erosion Control last week as he tries to keep the Lake Mary Road open to traffic. Also working on the road was Seal Tractor Company of Woodville, who supplied several pieces of road equipment. The heavily trav- eled county road is in dangerous condition due to being eroded by Percy Creek and floodwaters from the Mississippi River. At the Tuesday, May 19, meeting of the Wilkinosn County Board of Supervisors, Second District Supervisor Richard Hollins del- cared the Lake Mary Road tempo- rarily closed to all traffic except four-wheeler, side'by'sides and other types of ATV's The road will remain closed until it dries up enough for repairs to be made. Photo Submitted Woodville Man Found Dead At His Sligo Street Residence The body of a 31-year old Ken Canova, a resident Sharp."There wasno visible Woodville man was discov- of Sligo Street just south of ered by a family member Woodville, was found lying just before noon on Monday, on the floor of his home at May 18, reported Wilkin- hbou t 11:30 a:m. Monday. son County Coroner Travis "I pronounced him dead Sharp. at the scene," said Coroner trauma to the body or any indication of the cause of death. I havsent his body to Jackson for an autopsy." No other details were available. "000000Lake Mary Road Closed To All Traffic Except For ATV's At the conclusion of the Due to recent erosion by is too wet to repair and get- Tuesday, May 19, meeting Percy Creek and by flood of the Wilkinson County waters from the Mississippi Board of Supervisors, an River, the road is now in a announcement was made to very dangerous condition. temporarily close the Lake Second District Super- Mary Road to all vehicle visor Richard HollinS, in traffic except f or four wheel- whose district the road is ers and similar ATV's. located, stated, "The road ting worse because of traffic causing additional damage." The road was closed effec- tive with the Monday meet- ing until a later time when the road dries out and re- pairs can be made, Hollins stated. BOE Discusses Poor 3rd Grade Reading Test Scores The Wilkinson County Board of Education met for their regular monthly meet- ing at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, and after handling routine business they discussed the recently re- leased Mississippi Reading Assessment Test results for the third grade students in the Wilkinson County School District .... The report from the Mis- sissippi Department of Ed- ucation shows that the local district's pass/fail ratewas the second lowest in the en- tire state with 57% ojthe third grade students pass- hag the test and 43% failing. Finch Elementary School's pass]fail rate was 55% and 45%, while Wilkinson Coun- ty Elementary School's was slightly better at 58% and 42%. WCSD Reading Special- ist Carol Williams stated that the district uses the Renaissance Program for preparing the students for the test. This is the same program that was used to give the x4est to students statewide. Williams said, "We had practice tests two times a month. Data from these practice tests was almost exactly what the actual test scores showed. Most students in the district showed great improvement during the preparation for the state test. There was phenomenal growth as a whole. We hope to improve from where we are. Things aren't as bad as The Wood- ville Republican reported in this week's paper." Williams told the school board that the students who failed the test will receive intensive remediation and will be re-tested on May 21. Willizns,, reported, "I have met with teachers and principals of both Finch and WCES. We have a plan, and are doing everything we can to improve the district's test scores. WCES has a total of about 60 third graders, and Finch approximately 45 who took the recent state reading as- sessment test. For those who do not pass the re-test on May 21, the WCSD will have a summer remediation reading pro- gram. Students attending this session will be tested again on June 8." The new state education plan requires that third grade students pass the reading assessment test. Those who do not pass will not be allowed to move to the fourth grade. Failing students must repeat the third grade again. Board President Char- lie Floyd responded with, "I see on Facebook where teachers in our district are downing our schools. This is very disturbing to me. These teachers need to be kicked out of the district for disrespecting the schools and students." Superintendent Timothy T. Scott stated, "I also have seen the posts on Facebook. We need to put something in the teacher handbook to prevent this type of thing. We have people in our school district who want to make us look bad. This isn't good." Board member Billy Spiller added, "This is a bad reflection on our school dis- trict. This really hurts us." Supt. Scott stated, "I be- lieve these posts are all po- litically motivated. It is an attack on students. This is going too far." Board member Johnny Smallwood commented, "This goes way past ethics when you attack our chil- dren. I want to ask Board Attorney Michael Winfield to look and see if there is anything we can legally do about public attacks." At no time during the discussion did anyone actu- ally say what the Facebook posts stated. Board Attorney Winfield opened two bid offers for a thinning cut on 46 acres of mixed timber in Section 22, T1N/R3W from Charles Donald Pulpwood of Vicks- burg and Goodhope Timber of Natchez. County Forester Charles Wellborn examined the bid and recommended that the board accept the high offer from Goodhope. On motion by Smallwood and a second by Spiller, the board voted 5-0 to accept the high offer from Good- hope. On motion by board member Linda Boyd and a second from board member Fannie Bateaste, the board voted unanimously to ap- prove Forester Wellborn's request for authorization to conduct a damage assess- ment appraisal for a well site on School Section 15, T3N/RIW. The estimated project cost is $500. The board approved the drafting of two resolutions to commend the faithful service of former WCSD employees Nora Mae Hol- land and Cleo Henyard who both passed away recently. On motion by Boyd and second by Bateaste, the board voted 5-0 to approve the transfer of one student to the Natchez-Adams County School District and three to Franklin County. The parents of these four children work in the school districts where transfer was requested. Supt. Scott announced that there will be a summer feeding program at WCES for several reasons he listed as follows.  Extended school year program Basketball and football camps 3rd Grade Remediation for reading. On motion by Boyd and second by Bateaste, the feeding program was ap- proved. The board approved the establishment of a Caf- eteria Change Fund for the Summer Feeding 2015. Two retirements and a long list of recommenda- tions for employment at various schools, cafeterias, main office and transporta- tion departments were ap- proved by unanimous board vote. The superintendent and school board held a long dis- cussion on the need for the following: Hire a qualified band director to re-build a band at WCHS Re-start a baseball pro- gram in the school district Find and hire a quali- fied baseball coach Start up a softball pro- gram for females in the dis- trict The board went into ex- ecutive session to discuss personnel matters. In closed door session the board interviewed three ap- plications for the position of WCSD transportation de- partment mechanic. Appli- cants were Ricario Weath- erspoon, Burnell Bell and Jeffrey Knight. The board took no action on this mat- ter. The next regular school board meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 10, at 5 p.m. at the district main of- fice on Main Street in Wood- ville. POLITICAL ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM WILKINSON COUNTY CANDIDATES Current Issues Affecting Your Child's Education In WCSD Shemekia Lacey-Bailey Passed during the 2013 legislative session, the Literacy-Based Pro- motion Act places an emphasis on grade-level reading skills for stu- dents, particularly as they progress through grades K-3. Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, a student scoring at the lowest achievement level in reading on the established state assess- ment for 3rd grade will not be promoted to 4th grade unless the student meets the good cause ex- emptions for promotion. The results from the 3rd Grade Reading Summative Assessment that was given to all 3rd graders across the state were released publicly on Friday, May 8, 2015. The state average of students who passed this assessment is 85% leaving 15% of students who failed. The results showed that only 57% of 3rd graders in Wilkinson County are reading at or above grade level leaving an alarming 43% of students who are reading below grade level. Those students who failed will have 2 more opportu- nities to test. The results can be viewed at www.mde.k communications -library/ mkas2-statewide-final-re- sults.pdf?sfvrsn=2. This is a problem that requires a solution to en- sure the quality educa- tion of ALL students in Wilkinson County. Saving one child at a time can- not move this district to- wards high achievement levels. The data is reflec- tive of ALL 3rd graders, not just one. The Missis- sippi Department of Edu- cation raised the bar in education with the adop- tion and implementation of Common Core State Standards. Something has to be done to close the ex- isting achievement gap to prevent our students from falling behind. Some of my goals di- rectly address this issue. One is to make sure ev- ery teacher receives the necessary training and professional development that will allow them to teach reading standards to those students using best practices and strategies to read at or above grade level. Another is to use a universal screener that will assess students, diag- nosis reading deficiencies, and provide interventions for students. Other goals include making sure all stakeholders are aware of legislation regarding reforms in education and involving all stakehold- ers in the planning pro- cess regarding educational changes in the district. I encourage you to think about the children when you go to the polls to vote on November 3, 2015. It's time to put the RIGHT person in the RIGHT place to do the job the RIGHT way! Vote to Elect Shemekia Lacey-Bailey as your next Superintendent of Educa- tion .... "Placing Children at the Core of 21st Century Edu- cation." Shemekia Lacey-Bailey (Article submitted and paid for by Shemekia Lac- ey-Bailey) JOHNSON RELEASES POLITICAL STATEMENT TO THE VOTERS OF WILKINSON COUNTY I am running for the Of. rice of Superintendent of Education because I truly love children and I want to help provide the best educa- tional opportunities for all of our students. I am in this race to win it for the sake of our children. My platform is based on the triple A's as follow ACADEMICS We will work to provide excellent and meaningful edu- cational instructions to meet the needs of all of our stu- dents because I truly believe that all children can learn. We will provide meaningfifl professional development for teachers and staff which will better prepare them to teach our children the skills that are necessary to be successful in their future endeavors. We will upgrade and utilize the science labs which will provide our students with better op- portunities to appreciate the sciences. We will install Wi-Fi and other advanced technolo- gy systems in all of our schools, upgrade our computer labs, provide updated textbooks, upgrade all of our school li- braries, provide SMART Boards and other educations] tools to assist and enhance our students' desires to be the best they can be because we have high expections. We will also seek suggestions from all stakeholders on ways to teach children and to help make the teaching-learning process fun and attainable. We will re- cruit more students for our gifted dasses and at the same time provide quality instruc- tional programs to meet the needs of all students. We will work to upgrade our Vocation- al programs and apply for new ones. We will provide our first grade students with assistant teachers and provide our third graders with part time assis- tant teachers to assist them with their reading skills since the State of Mississippi has mandated that all third grad- ers must pass a reading as- sessment before they can be promoted to the fourth grade. We will employ the services of substitute teachers be- cause principals and other staff members should not have to serve as substitute teachers. We will offer ACT preparation classes which should enable students to do better on the ACT assess- ment. We will visit universi- ties and other job sites to recnnt highly qualified and certified teachers to fill va- cancies when they occur. (Continued on Page 3) Calvin Gaines Candidate For County Sheriff Wilkinson County resi- dent Calvin Gaines has announced that he has qualified to seek election to the office of Sheriff of Wilkinson County, and he will be a candidate in the Wilkinson County Demo- cratic First Primary Elec- tion which will be held Tuesday, August 4, 2015. "I am running for the very important position of Sheriff of this county, and will be asking you for your vote on Tuesday, Au- gust 4. "I will publish my state- ment to the voters as time nears election day. "I want to thank you in advance and ask for your vote and support." Respectfully, Calvin Gaines