Board zips through routine agenda list

Published 2:00 pm Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Brookhaven School District Board of Trustees ran through their agenda quickly last night, approving a number of fundraisers and contracts for the district.

Interim Superintendent Stephanie Henderson presented the board with a majority of the agenda items, including three contracts for review.

The board approved a number of fundraisers for the school district at Tuesday night’s meeting. The Hardwood Club, the booster organization that represents the Brookhaven High School basketball team, received approval for a variety of upcoming events, including a half-court shootout, basketball T-shirt sale, a chicken/fish/gumbo plate and chicken on a stick fundraiser and a kindergarten-through-sixth grade basketball camp and tournament. The board approved a Panther garage sale, cookie dough sale and a series of raffles for the club as well.

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The board also approved fundraising events for the Make-a-Wish Foundation and the high school cross country and tennis teams.

After approving the fundraisers, Henderson presented the board with three separate contracts for the board’s consideration.

The first contract under review concerned Pleasant Hill Forestry and the application of liquid herbicide on district property, which the board approved unanimously.

A tree-planting contract with Diversified Forestree Management on school district property was temporarily put on hold, due in part to the objection of county board attorney Bob Allen, who advised including an indemnity provision.

The initial contract, which Allen did not draft, did not include this specification. The board is likely to consider a revised contract at the next school board meeting.

Board member Pat Lowery cited his business ties with Diversified Forestree Management as a reason to abstain from a vote to approve the tree-planting contract. Besides serving as a board member for the school board, Lowery is a CPA for Lowery, Payn and Leggett in Brookhaven.

Members of the Brookhaven High School choir will be traveling to New Orleans to participate in a National Choral Competition, which the board approved, as well as approving funds for two students to attend the Audubon Zoo and Pharmacy Museum, also in New Orleans.

The board then passed three board policies aimed at promoting staff development, program management and promotion and retention of school staff.

Brookhaven School Director of Finance Susan Cochran wrapped up the official meeting with a review of finances for the month of August and a list of items totaling close to $452,000 to remove from the school district’s inventory.

Cochran said a new superintendent for the school district will be determined at some point between January and June 2014. Henderson has been serving as interim superintendent since June.

After clearing the agenda Tuesday night, the board went into an executive session for another hour to deal with a disciplinary issue.

The school board will meet again on Tuesday, Oct. 8.