The board of trustees this week set a deadline of noon on Friday, May 23, for prospects to submit a resume and a letter of interest outlining the candidate’s experience, expertise, expected fees and desire to serve. The position is being advertised in the newspaper and on the district’s website.
Superintendent Lee Childress said the district needs someone who “either is or will become well-versed in school law.”
Knowledge of general employment law, the Family Medical Leave Act and the functioning of governmental entities is desired. The board is looking for several years of experience and will prefer an Alcorn County resident.
The position has been vacant since the death of James E. Price Jr., who was the district’s longtime board attorney.
In other business:
• The board had a discussion of whether to impose an annual $50 technology fee for students in grades 6 through 12 with the upcoming deployment of laptop computers. Students will receive a book bag and case for use with the computers. A letter will be sent to parents next week about distribution of the computers.
• In Cambridge program updates, Childress said the district is planning some meetings for parents and students to talk about the program and have questions answered. The district will also send a number of teachers to Phoenix in June for some best practice sessions that will allow them to interact and share information with other Cambridge program teachers.
• The board approved discarding some old books from the CMS library. The books will be offered first to students and then to community agencies.
• Trustees approved the submission of a number of grant applications including the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) Grant; School Counseling Grant; Technology Enhancement Grant; IDEA Extended School Year Project; Homeless Grant; Engineering Robotics Grant; Grade Results Discretionary Grant; Target Early Childhood Education Reading Grant; and Target for Art Activities at Corinth Elementary School.
• The board approved the junior auxiliary’s request to use the handicap school bus for the Camp Hollywood program for special needs students on June 30-July 3.
• Trustees approved some tweaking and cleanup of the board policy manual, such as removing reference to the honors diploma, which is no longer given.
• The softball field is awaiting lights and some concrete finishing, Childress reported.
• The board approved softball summer concessions as a new fundraiser of the Softball Booster Club.