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Davidson Elementary School Gets New Administrators

Brad Parker

WATER VALLEY – Davidson Elementary School is getting a new principal and assistant principal for the coming school year.
Brad Parker is the new principal and Sharron Lipsey is the new assistant principal, Superintendent Kim Chrestman announced to school board members at their first of the month meeting Monday night.
Parker comes to DES with five years of administrative experience in the Desoto County School System and Lipsey was an elementary school teacher for 1993-2008 and then an interventionist with Lafayette Upper Elementary until 2013. She has also worked as a literacy coach, according to the superintendent.
The two new administrators will meet with faculty and staff at the end of this month and a public “meet and greet” is being planned at a later date and time to be announced.  
Continuing his superintendent’s report, Chrestman said that construction is in progress at Water Valley High School with the replacement of window air conditioning units with new HVAC systems.  He added that old windows were being replaced with more energy efficient windows and panels.  
“Tri-Star Construction is completing the mechanical part with the HVAC and Hill’s Construction is completing the window replacements,” he said. “Construction is planned to be completed by August 1.”
Other construction projects being undertaken this summer included replacing the roof on the fifth and sixth grade building at DES and replacement of the covered walkway between the K-4 building and the gym/fifth and sixth grade building.  Plans are to accept bids/quotes on June 17 at the WVSD Central Office.  “We hope to have this project completed prior to school starting in August,” Chrestman added.
Among other actions at the June 9 meeting, trustees:
• Voted for the acceptance of assurances for the fiscal year 2015 consolidated federal programs application (CFPA).
• Appointed purchasing agents for fiscal year 2015.
• Accepted the one bid received to be the school district’s depository.
Mechanics Bank of-feredthe district .52 percent annual percentage yield.
• Granted the authority to assign extra work and overtime to Superintendent Chrestman.
• Approved the GED option program. Trustees discussed the matter and agreed to take a close look at the program each year to make sure the district is not losing money by offering the GED option.
• Disposed of cumulative records for the 2008-2009 school year.
• Took no action on letterhead for Davidson Elementary School.
The next meeting of the board is scheduled for June 23 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the district office board room.

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