School Board receives Excel By 5 information

By Joseph McCain The Winston County Journal

The Louisville Municipal Board of Trustess in the Sept. 11 meeting covered several items including information on Excel By 5. The Trustees were encouraged to play a role in the Winston County Partners for Community Living in order to help push forward the Excel By 5 program.

Excel By 5 is a designated to boost crucial early-childhood learning in a community. Excel By 5 certification program is designed to encourage and assist communities in active support of young children and their families. The program has 35 communities in Mississippi with the designation or seeking the designation.

“This program is a community-driven effort to help children birth to age 5.” said Rosie Harris of the WCPCL, She also noted the importance of getting city leaders involved as well as parents of children in the community.

“This program emphasis the importance of parents involvement,” said Harris.

In other business, the trustees: • Entered executive session for student discipline, personnel and possible litigation on Sixteenth Section land (See Executive Session boils over for full article.) • Approved Claims Docket, bank balances and financial reports. Board President Bobby Moody questioned the Forestry Commissions expenses for Sixteenth Section land maintenance. Hal Overstreet, Sixteenth Section land manager, explained that the Board of Trustees had approved the Forestry Commission Maintenance plan prior to its implementation. Moody also asked if the move to direct deposit was saving the district any money. Tracy Luke, LMSD business manager, noted the savings was very minimal since still provided a paper statement and the work involved in getting everyone setup for the direct deposit. • Approved CAPPS program teachers and assistants. • Approved MSBA Worker’s Compensation Trust payment of $82,525 which was up from the previous year due to a claim. • In Sixteenth Section items, approved a 157 acre hunting lease to the highest bidder; approved assigning a lease from June Fox to the purchaser of her home. • Approved moving all graduation dates back one week on the school calendar to insure all students met the required days in school. Revised dates are May 21, May 23 and May 24.

The trustees set the next LMSD Board meeting for October 9 at 5:30 pm..