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.