Schools plan makeup days following Isaac

Published 8:00 pm Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Lincoln County School District officials have scheduled three makeup days to account for school days lost to Hurricane Isaac last month.

     Superintendent Terry Brister informed school board members at Monday’s meeting that the Mississippi Department of Education is not going to give the district any waivers for the days missed.

     “I was hoping we’d get some waivers for days, but we didn’t,” he said.

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     Instead, the school system will make up the three days missed by being open on three days during the fall semester.

     The first makeup day will be Oct. 10, which was originally part of fall break. The next two makeup days will be Nov. 19 and 20, which were part of the Thanksgiving holidays.

     Brister said he wanted to catch up on the missed days before Christmas break because he knew there was a possibility of ice after Christmas and he did not want to be even further behind.

     In other board activities Monday, members heard a report from Sharon Payn of Lowery, Payn and Leggett, which performed an audit of the school system for the fiscal year ending in 2011. Her report said the system was in very good shape with sufficient cash reserves available.

     Brister said the credit for the solid audit goes to the board.

     “The board is to be commended for the job we’ve done over the past four years,” he said. “It’s been really good for our district.”

     Brister also gave an update on the progress of the new gyms under construction at Bogue Chitto and Enterprise attendance centers.

     He said the foundations and plumbing had been put in at both sites and the contractors said they were moving along faster than they thought with the projects. Both gyms are scheduled for completion during the summer of 2013.

     Brister also said some paving work at Loyd Star Attendance Center should begin any time now to improve parking there.

     Looking further into the future, Brister told the board that if possible, he’d like to have a “buffer zone” around their campuses in case they’d want to expand in the future.

     “If we have the opportunity to purchase land around our campuses in the future, we will,” he said. “We don’t’ want to be landlocked and unable to expand if we need to.”