Renovation work is getting off the ground at the old East Corinth Elementary School campus in preparation for launching new programs at the campus.

Asbestos abatement is currently in progress with the removal of old flooring. The Corinth School District has advertised for bids this past week for window replacement in the second-grade building and will receive bids in December. Windows have been ordered for what was the fourth-grade building.

The gym has been secured and the doors all replaced in the fourth-grade building in preparation for interior work to begin at the school, which closed in 2010.

The district’s board of trustees received an update on work at the campus during a meeting of the board Wednesday evening. The board also heard from Corinth High School Principal Dana Bullard, who presented an update on the new school year at CHS.

With many students having spent a long time away from the classroom, the new year got off to a bit of a bumpy start.

“At the beginning of the year, we had high numbers of discipline referrals, high numbers of students being absent,” with much of that stemming from the pandemic, said Bullard.

“The whole idea of being in an organized social setting is a little bit difficult for some of them,” she said. “We’ve had a really big swing this last nine weeks, this term. Attendance is better, discipline is down.”

Students are more engaged, she said, and the school has been able to divert students’ attention from their mobile phones.

“Cell phone use at the beginning of the year was unbelievably bad,” said Bullard.

In staffing actions, the board approved the following hiring recommendations:

Corinth High School: Volante Hill, choreography for dance competition; Jonathan Riddell, counselor; Darla Nash, supply teacher

Corinth Middle School: Louanne Butler, interventionist; Kimberly Cooksey, Christy Patterson and Allison Crowell, cafeteria

Corinth Elementary School: Misty Picard and Anna Paige Westbrooks, teacher assistants; Rebekah Rodgers, fall intersession certified teacher; Carl Swartz, behavioral specialist; Clarice Chill, cafeteria manager; Ishalyn Tensley and Teresa Pepper, cafeteria

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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