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County school board recognizes honorees

The Lincoln County School District board of trustees began their meeting Monday night with a ceremony recognizing district retirees, teachers of the year and parents of the year.

Five retiring staff members were honored for their years spent with the district.

One parent and one teacher from each district school were recognized in addition to the overall district parent and teacher of the year.

Anita J. Wilson of West Lincoln was awarded the title of Lincoln County Teacher of the Year, and Sherri Hodges of Loyd Star earned the title of Lincoln County Parent of the Year.

District Superintendent Terri Brister applauded the merits of both the recognized retirees as well as the honored current teachers but was especially beholden towards district parents.

“If we ever lose parent involvement, we lose our school district,” Brister said during the ceremony. “You all have been strong and determined to make sure our district is successful.”

On a similar note, the board approved a revised parent involvement policy presented by Assistant Superintendent Letha Presley.

The revisions were a result of a report from a state monitor visit in April requesting that the district initiate specific parent involvement policies for each school rather than one for the entire district.

The new policies address issues distinct to the four individual schools in the district.

In other news, Brister displayed a certificate he received from State Auditor Stacey E. Pickering acknowledging the district’s high standards of financial reporting based on the 2012 fiscal year audit.

“You can be proud of your district as far as the money is concerned,” Brister said while addressing board members. “We have been prompt, on time and we have done what was asked of us.”

The board also approved a request for central office staff (Letha Presley and Superintendent Secretary Regina East) to attend the Mississippi Student Information System conference in July.

MSIS is used for the electronic collection and storage of detailed data regarding students, teachers, staff and school board members such as grades and attendance.

In addition, the board approved a request for the Enterprise Future Business Leaders of America to attend the national convention June 27 through July 1 in Anaheim, Calif.

The event will host those students who won at the state competitions, including 10 from Enterprise, to contend at the national level.

In his customary report at the end of the board meeting, Brister remarked on the approaching end to the school year.

“It’s been a long year but a good one,” he said.