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Volume 41, No. 2 / September 2012

MSBA Fall Leadership Conference spotlights achievement childhood education research project designed to strengthen the quality of pre-K experience for Mississippi’s children. Dr. Smith previously worked with the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) where she served in the Commissioner’s Office. She also has held various positions at Mississippi State University n early childhood specialist, the state’s adjutant general, and education committee (MSU), including serving as Director of State Initiatives for chairmen of both houses of the MissisMSU’s Early Childhood Institute sippi Legislature are among MSBA Fall Leadership Conference presenters who will provide their and as an adjunct faculty member in the College of Education. Other perspectives for guiding student achievement to new heights in Mississippi. The November 12-13 highlights of the Fall Leadership Dr. Smith MSBA Fall Leadership Conference will be held at Conference: J Leadership Perspectives of: the Hilton Hotel in Jackson. • Dr. Wayne Gann, State Board of Education Achieving Success, the theme emphasizing a Chairman leadership focus for high student achievement, • Dr. Lynn House, Interim State Superintendent will carry throughout the MSBA’s Fall Leadership J Dialogue Sessions with Conference and the 41st Annual Conference in • John Moore, Chairman, House Education February. Committee The MSBA Fall Leadership Conference will • Gray Tollison, Chairman, Senate Education begin with an Early Bird Seminar covering the Committee issues of school finance, and superintendent • MSBA Executive Director Michael Waldrop evaluation under the new law passed by state about MSBA’s new Grassroots Advocacy Plan lawmakers in the 2012 session of the Mississippi J Recognition of Lighthouse School Leaders Legislature. J Recognition of Board Member of the Year On Tuesday, November 13, State Adjutant J Delegates Assembly: Officer/Director Election, General Augustus Leon Collins will provide Consideration of 2013 Legislative Agenda, and other leadership tips for guiding school districts to Association Business achieve success in the classroom. Commanding Register online at or General of the Mississippi Army and Air National use the Fall Leadership Conference registration Guard, General Collins served on active duty brochure. Remember to make hotel reservations in Operation Desert Shield/ by Friday, October 12 to take advantage of special Storm as well as commanded room rates at the Hilton Hotel. Mention that you the 155th Armored Brigade are attending the MSBA meeting when making Combat Team during combat reservations. operations in Operation Iraqi Need more information? Contact MSBA toll Freedom. Another speaker, free, 888-367-6722. Dr. Laurie Smith, is executive Gen. Collins director of Mississippi Building Blocks — an early


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The official release of state accountability results September 14 brought good news of a continued upward trend in student achievement. Meet the Center for Board Development’s 2012-13 faculty! Trainers reviewed course modules in-depth earlier this month in preparation for conducting the 3-hour workshops regionally this year. Honorees in the 2012 MSBA Lighthouse School Leader Awards Program are listed beginning on this page. Please let MSBA know immediately if you believe your district also should be among the award recipients. Sheryle Coaker hs been hired as MASBO’s first executive director. Find out the details.

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MASBO hires first executive director The Update is published bimonthly as a resource for school board members and administrators throughout Mississippi. Comments and suggestions are welcomed. Michael W. Waldrop, Ph.D. Executive Director Denotris Jackson Director of Policy / Advocacy Linda Buford-Burks Director of Communications Darla J. Warren Business Manager Anissa Young, CSRM Insurance Program Manager Paul Chamblee Risk Management Specialist Jenni Owen Technology Manager B. Anne Lovelady Coordinator of Board Development Rose Regina Coordinator of Workers’ Compensation April Mills Executive Assistant Alexis Cole Marketing Representative / Receptionist Jim Keith, J.D. General Counsel John T. Mandeville Business Development / Marketing 225-953-1124 /


ongratulations to Sheryle Coaker, the new Executive
Director of the Mississippi Association of School Business Officials (MASBO). She is a former faculty member of the MSBA Center for Board Development, providing financial insight to school board members enrolled in MSBA’s financial course module. Affectionately known as the “Queen of School Business” in Mississippi, Coaker earned the 2010 State of Mississippi “Outstanding School Business Official” designation and is the 2010 recipient of the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) “Distinguished Professional Eagle Award.” Both awards hallmark and highlight Coaker’s career in service to professionalism and leadership in the field of school business management. Coaker, a member of MASBO for more than 24 years, has served in every major office of the organization, including president and has chaired / served on several important MASBO and Mississippi government agency committees. For the past five years, Coaker has been the face and chief instructor of the MASBO Academy, a training program designed for new school business officials. In addition to her service to MASBO, Coaker has represented MASBO regionally as a board member of SASBO and internationally as a member of ASBO. Coaker has had an extensive and accomplished career in school business in the state of Mississippi, having worked as a state auditor and in several school districts. She ended her professional career recently, retiring from the Petal Public School
District after 22 years of service. “Sheryle brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and professionalism to her new position and we are excited about her fresh role with MASBO,” said MASBO President Earl P. Burke.

Some news items in this issue may have been taken in part or in whole from resources outside MSBA’s organization. Regular columns in this newsletter from outside resources include: • Technicalities, compiled from a newsletter of the same name published by State Auditor Stacey Pickering’s Office; • AG’s Opinions, from Attorney General Jim Hood’s Office; and,

• Ethics Opinions, from the Mississippi Ethics Commission - Tom Hood, Executive Director. Additionally, information in this issue about school district honors not presented by MSBA or about exemplary school district programs is likely from the districts or from the Mississippi Department of Education.

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May a school board member be employed by the county? Yes. A county and school district are separate governmental entities, and Section 25-4-105(3)(a) will not prohibit a school board member from being employed by a county.  (Miss. Ethics Commission Advisory Opinion No. 12-047-E, dated June 1, 2012)   In an executive session of the school board, may a board member bring up for discussion matters of which he or she may be aware concerning the performance of a teacher or principal?  If so what would be the superintendent’s role, what consideration should be given to an employee’s rights, and who should or should not be present? A school board may discuss personnel matters in executive session.  The superintendent is not a member of the board, but the board may choose to invite him or her to attend an executive session.  The employee may request a hearing should the board decide to provide notice of dismissal or suspension as required in Section 379-59, and executive sessions are open to members of the public body and to those persons whose presence is necessary for the conduct of the business under discussion.  (Attorney General’s Opinion to Mitchell, July 20, 2012) BCBK, CGM, GBK, GAB, GBN   Does the school district have the authority to hire an investment broker? Under the authority of Section 37-7-301(w), the board may hire an investment advisor to advise the district as to the investment of funds and to assist in the implementation of the district’s investment plan by purchasing and selling legally authorized securities and other investments, on the condition that each and every transaction is approved in writing, in advance, by the district’s designated school official, pursuant to the investment plan.  In addition, a financial consultant may be employed to advise the board regarding sixteenth section investments which are consistent with the requirements of Section 29-3-113.  (Attorney General’s Opinion to Montgomery, August 3, 2012) BCAB, BCAC When must the board of supervisors set the tax levy to support the adopted budget for the next fiscal year? Section 27-39-317 states “The board of supervisors of each county shall, at its regular meeting in September of each year, levy the county ad valorem taxes for the fiscal year, and shall, by order, fix the tax rate, or levy, for the county, for road districts, if any, and for the school districts, if any, and for any other taxing districts…” The levy should be adopted by September 15. DFA, DCC, DFEA

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What is the deadline for publishing the approved budget? Section 19-11-7 provides that the approved budget must be published one time in August or September, but not later than September 30. DC, DCC, DCCA, DCH

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by Dr. Wayne Gann, President, State Board of Education he Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) was developed to provide more equitable funding for Mississippi’s public schools and funding necessary to provide a mid-level accreditation rating. It replaced the old Minimum Foundation Program (MFP) that served the state for years. Even then, at times the state had difficulty fully funding MFP. Finally, the MFP evolved to the point that funding was not equitable across the state and MAEP was developed and approved for equity and mid-level accreditation. Full funding of MAEP is the number one priority of the Mississippi Board of Education (MBE). The state has not fully funded MAEP nine out of the past 11 years. However, two of those years, MAEP was fully funded when funds were appropriated but funding was subsequently cut during those fiscal years. Now, with a struggling economy it would be extremely difficult to fully fund the formula. This does not mean the formula should be scrapped or that public education should not be adequately funded. Just as with any program that has been in place for a number of years it should be re-evaluated periodically to determine if improvements are necessary. MDE Staff at the request of the legislature has been working to identify potential adjustments to the formula. Education stake holders can work collaboratively to make improvements and provide a reasonable, fair and adequate formula for Mississippi’s public schools. Many good school boards and administrators have done an effective job maintaining quality schools with a continued reduction in funds. However, longterm underfunding of our schools will become counter-productive.


MSBA’s School Health Module gets natonal spotlight

MSBA’s continuing education course on “The Board’s Role in School Health” will be the focus of an October 3 webinar hosted by the National School Boards Association. The course, which underscores the link between a Coordinated School Health Program (CSHP) and improved student achievement, was developed by MSBA in cooperation with the Mississippi Department of Education. Discussion topics during the webinar will include how the course was created, major content area, Mississippi board training requirements, and course evaluations. Participating in the webinar will be three of the persons who taught the course: B. Anne Lovelady, MSBA Coordinator of Board Development; Christine Philley, MDE School Health Administrator, and Sheila B. Grogan, Executive Director of the Blue Cross & Blue Shield Foundation of Mississippi. James Bodgen of NSBA’s School Health Programs will serve as moderator.

New Board Members: Basic Course Dec. 7-8

of the Superintendent The passage of House Bill 447 during the 2012 Session of the Mississippi Legislature and signed into law on April 26 by Gov. Phil Bryant requires local school boards to conduct an annual comprehensive evaluation of the school district superintendent consistent with the “assessment components established by law and the assessment benchmarks established by the Mississippi School Boards Association.” The bill was effective on July 1. To read the full 16-page bill, visit history/HB/HB0447.xml. A copy of the MSBA Superintendent Evaluation Instrument is located on the association’s website,, under “publications.” For more information, contact MSBA Executive Director Michael W. Waldrop, or call toll free 888.367-6722.

New board members are reminded to enroll in the December 7-8 Basic Course. Two more opportunities will be provided this school year to take the 12-hour Basic Course of Instruction, mandated by state law for all newly appointed and elected school board members. State law gives board members six (6) months from their election / appointment to take the Basic Course, conducted by MSBA. The training, free for board members and superintendents, is at the Eagle Ridge Conference Center in Raymond. Register online at


3 Districts pilot Excellence for All Program

Clarksdale, Corinth, and Gulfport school districts are piloting the State Board of Education (SBE)-approved Excellence for All curriculum model, allowing them to use an optional more rigorous curriculum and assessment process. Excellence for All gives students more than one path to graduation, and in some cases, allows students to begin college level courses to get a head start on their postsecondary education. Of the three districts, Gulfport implemented Excellence for All using the ACT Quality Core curriculum in grades K-12, Corinth piloted the Cambridge International Exams curriculum in grades 9-12, and Clarksdale is using a sample of 40 ninth grade students in implementing the Cambridge curriculum. MDE anticipates more districts will implement the optional Excellence for All program for the next school year.

MPE to host sessions on Common Core Standards

Mississippi Professional Educators (MPE) is offering professional development in eight districts around the state this fall. The training is designed to increase the understanding of teachers about Common Core State Standards and provide strategies for planning and delivering best practice instruction to improve student achievement on MCT2 and/or SATP, while using learning activities aligned with the standards. For more information, contact Kelly Riley, MPE Executive Director, 601-355-5517.


BLUE RIBBON SCHOOLS: The principals of Mississippi’s three schools named among 269 Blue Ribbon Schools nationally are: (left to right) Principal Joe Nelson, Pass Christian Middle School, Pass Christian School District; Principal Cindy Grimes, Saucier Elementary School, Harrision County School District; and, Principal Jason Case, West Lincoln Attendance Center, Lincoln County School District. PHOTO CREDITS: Many thanks to the school districts for providing photos of their award-winning principals.

3 Miss. schools among 269 national Blue Ribbon Schools


ississippi has three schools among the 269 recognized September 7 by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools based on their overall academic excellence, or for making progress in improving student academic achievement levels. The Mississippi schools are Pass Christian Middle School – Pass Christian School District; Saucier Elementary School – Harrison County School District; and, West Lincoln Attendance Center – Lincoln County School District. These schools will be among 219 public and 50 private schools that will be honored at a recognition ceremony Nov. 12-13 in Washington. In its 30-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has presented the award to nearly 7,000 of America’s schools. The National Blue Ribbon Schools award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students’ levels of achievement. The “Exemplary High Performing” category acknowledges schools as being among their state’s highest performing schools, as measured by state assessments or nationallynormed tests. The “Exemplary Improving” category applauds schools with at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that demonstrate the most progress in improving student achievement levels as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. Congratulations to Mississippi’s Blue Ribbon schools and their districts! School district leaders include: PASS CHRISTIAN - Board members Randy DeWitt, president, Margaret Jean Kalif, Dr. Philip Terrel, Walter “Skip” King, Portia Stewart, and Interim Superintendent Beth John; HARRISON COUNTY - Board members John Johnson, president, Bill Bradley, Tom Daniels, David Ladner, Rena Wiggins and Superintendent Henry Arledge; LINCOLN COUNTY - Board members Jack Case, president, Kay Coon, Stacey Newell, Michael Posey, Ricky Welch, and Superintendent Terry Brister. A complete list of the 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools is available at www.

Nominating Committee Report (for the Consideration of the Delegates Assembly, Convening at the MSBA Fall Leadership Conference on November 13, 2012) The MSBA Nominating Committee, chaired by Marian Barksdale of Oxford, met on September 17. The committee’s recommendations for officers and directors of the association for the 2012-13 school year are below. Other Nominating Committee members were: Lygunnah Bean, South Panola; Bobby Gault, New Albany; Sondra Odom, Pearl; Lucius Lampton, South Pike; and, Etta Taplin, North Pike. MSBA Executive Director Michael W. Waldrop served as an ex-officio member of the committee. RECOMMENDATIONS:

OFFICERS President Bobby Gault New Albany School District Vice President James Stubbs Long Beach School District Secretary-Treasurer Etta Taplin North Pike School District Immediate Past President Miranda Beard Laurel School District DIRECTORS* CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 2 Jerome Hafter Greenville Municipal School District Demetric Warren Hollandale Consolidated School District William Kinard Coahoma County School District

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 3 Von Norwood** Jefferson Davis County School District CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 4 Marie Shepard Columbia School District Annie Chapman Hattiesburg School District Bobbie Whitfield East Jasper Consolidated School District

*Terms of Directors in Congressional Districts 2 and 4 expire in November 2014 **Recommended to fill unexpired one-year term ending November 2013


The following is from Mississippi Ethics Commission Advisory Opinion 06-097-E: An employee of a school district may not continue to be employed by the district after the employee’s spouse becomes a member of the school board. The spouse should resign her position with the school district before the board member takes office. See Mississippi Code Section 109 and Section 25-4105(2). Section 25-4-105(5) – Insider Information Prohibition: (5) No person may intentionally use or disclose information gained in the course of or by reason of his official position or employment as a public servant in any way that could result in pecuniary benefit for himself, any relative, or any other person, if the information has not been communicated to the public or is not public information. SOURCE: Mississippi Ethics Commission - Tom Hood, Executive Director

EDITOR’S NOTE: From time to time, MSBA will publish brief “nuggets” of information involving school board ethics to help clarify areas of potential ethics violations.

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Pascagoula schools named among 100 best places for Young People

For the third year, the Pascagoula School District is among the 100 Best Communities for Young People — a national recognition program that identifies cities throughout the country that have made the well-being of children and youth a priority. The initiative is sponsored by the America’s Promise Alliance, in partnership with ING, US – a Netherlands-based financial products company. The annual program celebrates 100 communities that work strategically to increase high school graduation and meet America’s Promise Alliance’s five promises to youth: caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, effective education and opportunities to help others. More than 320 nominees from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands submitted nominations. The Pascagoula School District’s focus on youth includes the award-winning Destination Graduation! program, providing students access to resources such as tutoring, wellness and alternative education pathways to entice them to stay in school through graduation; the district’s Early Beginnings program, which addresses the dropout crisis for pregnant high school students and has a 100 percent high school graduation rate; the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which targets reading skills by giving every child up to age five a free book every month; GEAR UP, which provides tutoring and mentoring to entire grade levels to help students prepare continued on page 9


2012 Lighthouse School Leader Awards Recipients The following school districts will receive individual and district awards in the 2012 MSBA Lighthouse School Leader Awards Program at the Annual Lighthouse School Leader Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, November 13 during the MSBA Fall Leadership Conference. Please notify MSBA immediately if you believe your district qualifies for a Lighthouse School Leader Award and is NOT LISTED on these pages. Call toll free at 888-367-6722 or email Denotris Jackson,

Beacon Award

CRITERIA: Letter Grade A / Star School District Clinton Public Schools Ingrid Williams, Board President Dr. Phillip Burchfield, Superintendent

Pass Christian Schools Randall DeWitt, Board President Beth John, Interim Superintendent

Enterprise Schools Andrew Kersh, Board President Rita Windham, Superintendent

Lantern Award

CRITERIA: Letter Grade B / High Performing School District, with no schools below Successful / C Amory Schools William Rogers, Board President Tony Cook, Superintendent Bay St. Louis-Waveland Schools Sherry Ponder, Board President Dr. Rebecca Ladner, Superintendent Biloxi Public Schools Kenny Holloway, Board President Arthur McMillan, Superintendent Booneville Schools Marshall Dickerson, Board President Todd English, Superintendent Choctaw County Linda McDaniel, Board President Glen Beard, Superintendent Clay County Schools Annie Johnson, Board President Mae Brewer, Superintendent

Corinth Schools Mildred Ann Walker, Board President Dr. Edward Lee Childress, Superintendent Forrest County AHS James Grimsley, Board President Dr. Jerry Morgan, Superintendent George County Schools Barkley Henderson, Board President Debbie Harrell, Superintendent Grenada Schools James Hughes, Board President Dr. David Daigneault, Superintendent Itawamba County Schools Tony Wallace, Board President Michael Nanney, Superintendent Jackson County Schools Kenneth Fountain, Board President Dr. Barry Amacker, Superintendent

Lantern Award (continued)

Kosciusko Schools Kenny Dungan, Board President Tony McGee, Superintendent

Pontotoc County Schools Randy Tutor, Board President Kenneth Roye, Superintendent

Lauderdale County Schools Pam Frazier, Board President Randy Hodges, Superintendent

Poplarville Schools Violine Jordan, Board President Carl Merritt, Superintendent

Long Beach Schools Angela Johnson, Board President Carrolyn Hamilton, Superintendent

Senatobia Schools Dr. Brant Kairit, Board President Jay Foster, Superintendent

Monroe County Schools Linda Bickerstaff, Board President Scott Cantrell, Superintendent

Stone County Schools Jonathan Bond, Board President Dr. Gwen Miller, Superintendent

New Albany Schools Jerry Tate, Board President Jackie Ford, Superintendent

Tishomingo County Schools Michael Puckett, Board President Ben McClung, Superintendent

Newton County Schools James Laird, Board President J. O. Amis, Superintendent

Tupelo Schools Eddie Prather, Board President Dr. Gearl Loden, Superintendent

Ocean Springs Schools Dr. Sharon Walker, Board President Dr. Bonita Coleman-Potter, Superintendent

Union County Schools Terry Cook, Board President Ken Basil, Superintendent

Oxford Public Schools Marian Barksdale, Board President Brian Harvey, Superintendent Pearl Public Schools Sondra Odom, Board President Raymond Morgigno, Superintendent Petal Public Schools Bruce Magee, Board President Dr. John Buchanan, Superintendent Pontotoc City Schools Gary Golden, Board President Karen Tutor, Superintendent

Union Public Schools Kay Smith, Board President Dr. Michael McInnis, Superintendent

Torch Award

CRITERIA: Successful District, 90% or more students participating in the federal Free/Reduced Lunch Program, no schools graded F, with at least one High Performing / B School MSBA is awaiting data identifying districts that meet the criteria. Please contact MSBA immediately if you can provide information qualifying your district for this award.

Pascagoula...continued for college and remain in school; the Family Interactive Center, providing hands-on learning for children and their families; and, Volunteers in Medicine, where a group of retired doctors provide free medical care to low income families. In addition, each school in the district requires students to participate in 150 minutes of exercise each week. MSBA congratulates the Pascagoula School District on this prestigious honor. School leaders in the district include board members Dan Marks, president, Sonny Backs, Jennifer Colmer, Mike Concannon, Mike Phillips and Superintendent Wayne Rodolfich.

Youth Volunteer Program Accepting Applications

November 6 is the deadline for student applications in the 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program, the largest youth recognition program in the nation based exclusively on volunteer community service. The program was created in 1995 by Prudential Financial, Inc. in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) to honor middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state, and national level. The program applauds young people who already are making a positive difference in their towns and neighborhoods and seeks to inspire others to think about how they might contribute to their communities. School districts and officially designated organizations have until November 13 to select and certify local youth honorees for state-level judging, with results announced February 5 by NASSP and Prudential.


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Denotris Jackson (photo at left), MSBA Director of Policy / Advocacy, provided insight about the roles and responsibilities of school boards to school business officials attending the September 20 MASBO Academy, a day-long training session sponsored by the Mississippi Association of School Business Officials (MASBO). She answered participants’ questions, including strategies for working more effectively with boards. Jackson and other key MSBA staff members routinely make presentations to groups to promote understanding of the governance role of school board members. Groups interested in such presentations should contact Jackson, 601-924-2001, 888-367-6722

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Training the Trainers...

CBD Faculty 2012-13 - The faculty members who will be conducting continuing education training this school year for the three-hour modules offered through MSBA’s Center for Board Development participated in a comprehensive session earlier this month reviewing the course manuals. FRONT ROW, left to right: South Panola Supt. Keith Shaffer, Retired Supt. Joyce McNair, Former NSBA President / School Board Member E. Harold Fisher, Long Beach Board Member / MSBA Director James Stubbs, Tom Clark; BACK ROW, left to right: MSBA Director of Policy / Advocacy Denotris Jackson, Retired Supt. Greg Ladner, MDE Accreditation Division Director Susan Andrews, MSBA Executive Director Mike Waldrop, and MSBA Coordinator of Board Development B. Anne Lovelady. MSBA Center for Board Development

Schedule Through December 8, 2012

DATE Mon Sep 24

TIME 5-8 pm

COURSE The Board’s Role in State Accreditation

(3 Credit Hours) LOCATION BATESVILLE / South Panola High School

Tue Sep 25

5-8 pm

Determining Success

BATESVILLE / South Panola High School

Sat Oct 20 Sat Oct 20 Mon Nov 5 Tue Nov 6 Sat Nov 10 Sat Nov 10

9 am-12 n 1-4 pm 5-8 pm 5-8 pm 9 am-12 n 1-4 pm

The Board’s Role in State Accreditation Determining Success The Board’s Role in State Accreditation Determining Success The Board’s Role in State Accreditation Determining Success

GULFPORT / Central Office GULFPORT / Central Office LOUISVILLE / Lake Tiak O’Khata LOUISVILLE / Lake Tiak O’Khata HATTIESBURG / Hattiesburg School District Board Room HATTIESBURG / Hattiesburg School District Board Room

Basic Course of Instruction for New School Board Members (12 Credit Hours for Board Members)

DATE Fri Dec 7 & Sat Dec 8 DATE Nov 12 Nov 13

LOCATION RAYMOND / Eagle Ridge Conference Center

MSBA Statewide Events

EVENT Early Bird Session: MSBA Fall Leadership Conference MSBA Fall Leadership Conference

DATE Oct 3

TIME 8 am-5:30 pm Fri; 8 am-12:30 pm Sat

TIME 10 am – 2 pm

LOCATION JACKSON / Jackson Hilton Hotel JACKSON / Jackson Hilton Hotel

Legal Hot Topics

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linton, Enterprise, and Pass Christian school districts ranked at the top of the performance scale in the latest release of results in the statewide Mississippi Accountability Program. The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) officially released the results September 14 for schools and districts throughout the state, using letter grades for the first time. The accountability model measures student performance on increasingly more rigorous curriculum and assessments. Schools and districts received performance ratings in letter grades of “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” and “F.” The new performance labels replace the formerly used ratings of Star, High Performing, Successful, Academic Watch, Low Performing, At-Risk of Failing and Failing.  MDE reports that the 2012 accountability results reflect a four-year trend of increasing numbers of top-performing schools and decreasing numbers of lower performing schools. According to MDE, the letter grading system will provide communities clear understanding of how their schools and districts are performing as the rigorous Common Core Standards, approved by the state board in 2010, are implemented in 2014-15. Common Core, a state-led initiative adopted by 44 states to date, outlines standards for proficiency in English language arts and mathematics in grades K-12.


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The initiative provides consistency across states, helps students prepare to compete globally and allows for the development of a common assessment. To view the complete 2012 Accountability results for schools and districts visit and click on Reports, Public Reports and then Accountability.


Tunica County needed more than just data. It needed results. Tunica County was an “at-risk-of-failing” district. Thankfully, Dr. Debra Dace knows a thing or two about using data to drive improvement. As the District Curriculum Director of the Tunica County School District in Mississippi, she chose STAR Enterprise™ assessments after using DIBELS, AIMSweb™, and MAP™. Why? STAR computer-based assessments provide fast, easyto-use information on students’ math and reading progress— and then tie that feedback to specific resources, tools, and activities to meet the needs of every student. Now, teachers in Tunica County not only have the data they need, they also have an actual plan to help students meet state standards and Common Core Standards. We’re happy to report, Tunica County is no longer “at risk”. Looks like Dr. Dace has the right plan. Watch Dr. Dace tell her story in a short video at or scan the code.



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Secretary-Treasurer James Stubbs Long Beach Immediate Past President Marian Barksdale Oxford

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Patricia Stennet Hancock County

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