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The Alcorn School District is benefiting from a local organization’s sad disbanding.

For over 20 years the community-based initiative known as LINK has created a safer and healthier community for children and youth by partnering with local schools. Their mission was in their name – Lead, Inspire and Nurture Kids. With the help of more than $174,000 in grants, LINK has brought quality arts and history programs to local schools each year.

Now their achievements will be remembered through a large donation to the Alcorn School District to support the arts programs at Alcorn Central, Biggersville and Kossuth.

Last month the Alcorn School District Board of Education accepted a donation from LINK totaling $15,467.58.

“The Alcorn School District is extremely grateful for this wonderful gift from LINK,” said Superintendent Brandon Quinn. “Schools are currently discussing the possibility of a collaborative arts program that could be available to the community. Theatre performances and art galleries are just a few things being mentioned.”

LINK also donated around $15,000 to the Corinth School District to support the arts.

In other district news:

The district received other large grants and donations over the last month.

The Alcorn Central High School Football team received $1,000 from Ferrell’s and the school’s Cross Country team received $1,000 from Walmart.

Biggersville Elementary School received donations from Darlene Nelms, $100; Joe Nelms, $100; Tracy Gardner, $100; Lindsey Vuncannon, $15; Lori Nash, $30; Amy Lambert, $15 and Paul and Lenora McNair, $100.

The board also accepted $299.61 sent to Kossuth Elementary School collected from the Kroger Community Rewards.

Employee hires include Ray Nash, BHS assistant principal; Myrtle Bishop, KES cafeteria; Randy Carmon, ACHS cafeteria; Angela Childers, ACMS Special Ed Assistant; Karla Childers, ACES cafeteria; John D. Cousar III, ACMS ATS Interventionist; Briceson Donahue, Biggersville Custodian; Mary Dooley, KMS ATSI Interventionist; Amanda Page, BHS Cafeteria Worker; Maggie Smith, BHS Special Ed Assistant; Jessica Pittman, KHS Academic supplement; Regena Pruett, BHS Sped Bus Monitor; Andy Reeves, BHS Bus Driver Substitute; and Lisa Wigginton, substitute teacher.

Bus driver hires approved were Joshua Harrison, ACHS; Melanie Lee, BHS; Bitsy Nash, BHS; Ray Nash, BHS; Nathan Pitney, ACHS; David Robbins, BHS; Daniel Rowsey, BHS; and bus drivers hired for the vocational bus routes due to overcrowding were Tonya Hodum and Georgia Combee.

Resignations and retirements approved were ACES teacher Lianne Trammel; ACMS Special Ed Assistant Cassandra Teague; and BHS secretary Christy Harris.

The next school board meeting is Thursday, Oct. 14 at 5:30 p.m. Board members voted to move the meeting up a few days due to the district’s scheduled Fall Break on Oct. 8 and 11.

Staff Writer

Zack Steen was first hired in 1999 as a junior in high school to work in the Daily Corinthian design department. After several years away, he returned in 2014 as staff writer. He's married to the love of his life Brandy and they have 5 wonderful fur-kids.

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