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4 Ii ~l iiiii I i I I i II ii [ Ji " I'I d :'i:iiln'W :":'hh J l,'Jlll :' ...... hull:h J,Li I ll:~l l lh,i ,, i! ;:'i r) NEWSPAPER- Established 1824 '# Volume 190 USPS 462-260 50 per copy Woodville, Mississippi 39669 Thursday, September 18, 2014 Number 20 .t uests 1.52 The Wilkinson County Board of Supervisors met on Thursday, September 11, with the main purpose being to approve the Fiscal Year 2015 budget and to set the ad valorem millage rate to raise the required funds. After weeks of work and discussion the supervisors worked on the budget re- quests from all the various departments, and by cutting some and increasing sever- al, the supervisors balanced the budge~ without raising taxes for county needs. The Wilkinson County School District declared that they had a shortfall of over $85,000 from antici- pated income from ad va- lorem taxes last year which necessitated a millage in- crease of 1.52 to re-coup the shortage, A mill will bring in $55,000, so this increase will result in an income of $83,600 for the school dis- trict. Last year for Fiscal Year 2014 the county had a mill- age level of 111.75, and ; based on the assessed value of real and personal prop- erty in the county, a mill brought in $56,000. This means that the 111.75 mills last year brought in a total of $6,258,000. The new millage rate for Fiscal Year 2015 is 113.27. This figure is formulated by taking the FY 2014 mill- age rate of 111.75 and add- ing the WCSD requested increase of 1.52 to arrive at the millage rate for the coming fiscal year. Due to a decreaSe in the assessed value of real and personal property in the county, a mill is expected to bring in $55,000. Anticipated rev- enue for fiscal year 2015 is estimated at $6,229,850 or a decrease of $28,150 from revenuesanticipated for last year. Only three board mem- bers were present and vot- ing at the meeting last Thursday. On motion by Supervisor Kenyon Jackson and a second by Supervisor Wil Seal, Supervisor Bill Bankston joined the other two in voting to approve the budget and millage as presented. Supervisors Jen- uings Nettles and Richard Hollins were absent from the meeting and not voting. Also dealing with the budget and millage, on mo- tion by Seal and a second by Jackson, the board voted 3-0 to publish this informa- tion in The Woodville Re- publican as required by law. For a complete synopsis of the approved budget, see the legal notice printed elsewhere in this issue. The supervisors handled one other piece of business on September 11 in vot- ing 3-0 to authorize Board President Bankston to sign a contract for the county to purchase the building and land owned by the Fort Ad- ams Volunteer Fire Depart- ment located on Hwy. 24 west of Woodville. After the county and the FAVFD have signed the purchase agreement, the county will be authorized to send a check to the cur- rent owners in the amount of $2,500 for a release of the right of re-entry into the property. The board adjourned un- til their next regular board meeting which will be held on Monday, September 29, at 9:30 a.m. in the board room of the Wilkinson County Courthouse. "PIGMAN" QUACA FEATURED GUEST AT DEER FESTIVAL The 7th Annual WoodviUe Deer & Wildlife Festival sched- uled for Saturday, O~ber 11 will be highlighted by an ap- pearance of a special guest, Bri- an ' igman" Quac an expert juns and two local groups, the Donnell Sullivan Band and the Veal Brothers Gospel Group. Other attra~ons will be Terry '~e Snake Man" Vandeventer from Mississippi's Natural Sci- ence Museum and the ever- popular Wild Game Cook Off Joe M~c Hudspeth, Jr., wildlife photographer, and Paul Meek of on the subject of the wild hog M~k Calls ~ll be at the event as an invasive spoeies. He con- with informative seminars. ducts hunts of wild hogs which This yea~s Children's Vll- their best fare. Trade, cra~ and juried artists ~ also show and sell their work. Join the fun on Saturday,. October ll, in downtown Wood- ville! Admission is $5 per person. Children's WrUage requires ad- ditional f~ Wlsit www.deerandwildlife- festival.com and Like us Facebook for current festival news. Te be a spcmsor, er to be have become popular sport in Mississippi, Lo "ulsiana and ~x- as. Pigman will conduct a"Meet & Greef'in addition to personal appearances throughout the festival day which ~ run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. around the courthouse square In addition to Pigman, the festival will host Jason Be~emn and the Kicldn' Ca- lage will include Face Painting, a volunteer, contact alidaran- Pumpldn Deeomfing, Block dall03@yahoo.com, or call the Painting, Jumpies, Archery festival office at 601.888.3998. Target Shoot~ Water Balloon Wars and Marble Art. There ~1 be demonstrations of wood- en bowl carving, hand quilt- ing and clay hand building all around the Courthouse Square in addition to local restaurants and food vendors who will serve This project is supported in part by a grant from the Mis- sissippi Arts Commission, a state agency, by the National Endowment for the Arts, a fed- eral agency, and by Mississippi Development Authority's Divi- sion of Tourkm~. WCCA To Hold Homecoming This Friday Officials at Wilkinson County Christian Acad- emy in Woodville have an- nounced that the school will celebrate their annual homecoming festivities this Friday, September 19. The school will have a will be presented culminat- homecoming parade in the ing with the crowning of the downtown area of Woodville homecoming queen. starting at 11 a.m. on Fri- At 7 p.m. the WCCA day. Rams will take the field Later in the day at 6 p.m. against Porter's Chapel, for the 2014 homecoming court their first district game. PATCHING SLIGO STREET -- Wilkinson County's new Dura Patcher road repairing machine is shown be- ing operated by First District employ- ee Andrew Williams on Sligo Street near Cedar Rest Cemetery in Wood- ville. The machine is designed to re- pair pot holes. The two-step process starts by putting down a sticky tar mix in a pot hole, as Williams is do- ing above. The second step is to apply small limestone rocks on top of the tar. If the pothole is more than a couple of inches deep, the process is repeated until the tar and gravel mix is level with the ground, as can be seen in the light area in the bottom-center of this photo. The unit will be used 'on roads all over the county. -- Woodville Re- publican Photo by Andy J. Lewis Upcomin At ~e Wednesday, Sep- number of employees paytheir budget." temb~ 10, meeting of the raises at our last meeting. On motion by board Wilkinson County Board Though I agree with the member Johnny Small- of Education the group an- raise, we should have done wood and a second by nounced a date change for evaluations on each and the October meeting andevery district employee the date of a district wide before handing out pay meeting, for parents and raises. We should have in- student~: ~": " Cluded the superintendent Superintendent of Edu- in the evaluation process." cation Timothy T. Scott told the board that there was a conflict for their next month's regular meeting date. "Due to this we will move our meeting from Wednesday, October 8, to Wednesday, October '15. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m.," said Supt. Scott. "The move to the third Wednesday of the month is a one-time thing. No- vember's meeting will move back to the second Wednesday." Supt. Scott announced that a district wide meet- ing for all parents and students will be held on Tuesday, September 16, at 6 p.m. "The main rea- son for the meeting will be to provide parents with information on their chil- dren and to hand out prog- ress reports," Supt. Scott stated. Supt. Scott also an- nounced that Circuit Clerk Lynn Delaney had contacted him to announce that interim First District board member Fannie Bateaste was facing an election in November to fill the unexpired term of the late Stella J. Andrews. "However, Mrs. Delaney has informed me that Mrs. Bateaste is the only one who qualified to run, and therefore has no opposi- tion in November," said Scott. "I want to congratu- late her." Finch Principal Sharon Robinson asked the board for approval to have Casey Dental come to the school to provide free dental care for her students. She was told that this was fine, and that board approval was not required. Mr. Scott announced that he had recently spo- ken with Wilkinson Coun- ty Board of Supervisors' Attorney Bruce Lewis who stated that the mandated redistricting to follow the 2010 Census count had been approved by the su- pervisors. "Mr. Lewis said that the lines have changed in several areas which could mean a district change for some school board mem- bers. I caution this board to make sure where they live before they run for re- election," said Supt. Scott. Board President Charlie Floyd stated, "We gave a Wilkinson County For- ester Charles Wellborn opened three bids for tree planting work on three school sections as follows: Section 16, T2N/RlW Section 16, T3N/RIE Section 22, T1N/R3W The bid calls for plant- ing trees on a combined total of 235 acres in the three sections. Three bids were re- ceived and examined by Forester Wellborn. He recommended that the low bid of Barreto Co. of Gloster for $99.39/acre be accepted. This bid was accepted by a 4-0 board vote. Board member Linda Boyd was absent and not voting. Supt. Scott announced the results of bids for the following contractual ser- vices: Occupational Thera- pist, Physical Therapist, Professional Development and Psychometrist Ser- vices. Supt. Scott reported that Key Rehab, the cur- rent provider for occupa- tional therapist and physi- cal therapist, was the lone bidder this year. And that Southwest Educational Program was the lone bid- der for psychometrist ser- vices. No bid was received for professional develop- ment. The board voted 4-0 to approve the three bid offers as presented. A 4-0 board vote autho- rized the amending of the following fund applica- tions: Title I FY 2015 Feder- al Programs Preliminary Application amended from $931,754.00 to the FY Fi- nal Allocation amount of $983,517.00. Title 2 FY 2015 Pre- liminary Application for Federal Programs amend- ed from $141,032.00 to FY 2015 Final Allocation total of $156,898.00. Supt. Scott informed the board that there has been some question from the Wilkinson County Board of Supervisors about the millage request from the WCSD. "We have asked the county for more money than the county has avail- able," Supt. Scott stated. "I am requesting that the board approve a different funding request at this time which will allow the supervisors to balance board member Billy Spill- er, the board voted 4-0 to approve the revised mill- age request. The board approved a request by Supt. Scott to allow Board Attorney Mi- chael Winfield to examine ....... all school policies and pro- cedures to make sure they all are up to date with district, state and federal guidelines. The board announced that they were in favor of Supt. Scott's request for the review of the district's policies, but wanted to ne- gotiate a price with Mr. Winfield before allowing him to proceed with the project. Supt. Scott announced a number of recommenda- tions for hire by the school district at three of the county's four schools. The matter received board ap- proval. Supt. Scott told the board that he sometimes loses a chance to hire a prospective employee for the district because he has to wait until a board meet- ing to get approval. "I am requesting that in certain instances that I be allowed to hire someone by polling the board by phone," said Supt. Scott. "Sometimes someone shows up, and I feel that they are qualified for what we need. But, by having to wait until the board meets, this person might find another job." On motion by Spiller and a second by Bateaste, the board voted 4-0 to al- low Supt. Scott to hire individuals in special or emergency situations via a phone poll of board members. Supt. Scott asked the board to approve an emer- gency purchase of soft- ware for the district's Distance Learning Class which provides classes in Spanish, art and writing. "We must update our software or face losing ac- cess to these classes," said the superintendent. On motion by Spiller and a second by Bateaste, the board voted 4-0 to ap- prove the emergency pur- chase at an estimated cost of $10,999. The board went into ex- ecutive session to discuss personnel matters. No in- formation was available on any action taken be- hind closed doors. The next meeting of the school board will be at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Octo- ber 15.