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Forum Allows Public Input In Search For Superintendent

By Jack Gurner

WATER VALLEY – School officials will be conspicuously absent from next Tuesday’s community forum being held as part of the search for a new Superintendent.

Retiring Superintendent Sammy Higdon told School Board members at their regular session Monday night that the Mississippi School Board Association (MSBA) recommended that administrators and board members not be present at the public meeting.

“It’s strictly for Dr. Fisher and the community,” Higdon said, referring to Dr. E. Harold Fisher of the MSBA.

Teachers are not excluded since many are parents and part of the community, he added.

Board President Ray Hawkins will escort Fisher to the Civic Auditorium for the 7 p.m. forum where he will introduce Fisher to the community. Fisher will then conduct the forum designed to solicit input as part of the hiring process.

“I’ve been encouraging as many people as I can to participate,” said Board Member Cayce Washington. “It’s really important to get their input.”

Other business conducted at the Nov. 2 meeting included:

• Accepting a $750 donation from ExxonMobil for the Elementary School activity fund. “They do it every year, but this year it is enough to require board approval,” said Business Manager Randy Goodwin.

• Approving a partnership with Yalobusha General Hospital to administer the H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine at no cost to the School District. The program will be voluntary and parents will have to give permission, Higdon said.

• Hearing Superinten-dent Higdon report that the Blue Devil Cheerleaders won in the region and will advance to the state competition. He also noted that the football team took second place in the region and will host M. S. Palmer Friday night at Clark Field.

• Entering executive session at at 6:36 p.m. after meeting for just over eight minutes in regular session. Board President Hawkins said the executive session was to discuss “a personnel issue, personnel recommendations and termination, and the audit report which will have some discussion of personnel.”

The executive session lasted approximately two hours.

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