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Southside Elementary School
Site-Based Decision Making Council
 Next Meeting Monday, Spetember 19 @ 4:00

Steven Fowler   Chairperson
Terri Whitaker   Secretary
  Teacher Representatives  
  Ashley Hunt
Brooke Moore
Katelyn Smith
Mara Gant
Parent Representatives
  Pam Coleman  
  Mary Beth Midden  

Southside Elementary School
Site-Based Decision Making Council
Meeting Minutes
March 20, 2017

Southside Elementary School’s Site-Based Decision Making Council met in regular session on Monday, March 20, 2017, beginning at 4:00 p.m. in the library. Principal/ chairperson Steven Fowler called the meeting to order at 4:02 p.m.. Council members in attendance were: Maribeth Midden, Brooke Moore, Katelyn Smith, Pam Coleman, and Mara Gant. The council welcomed one adult guest, Tabitha Carr. Also present was recording secretary Terri Whitaker.

Council members reviewed the agenda for the March 20, 2017 meeting, reaching consensus to approve it as written. Move to approve was made by Ms. Gant, with a second from Ms. Midden.

Council members reviewed minutes from the February 20, 2017 regular session, reaching consensus to approve those as written. Motion for approval was made by Ms. Moore, with a second provided by Ms. Smith.

Budget Report: The council examined the General Ledger Report for February 2017, as submitted by Southside bookkeeper Kristin Marsh. Mr. Fowler stated that the $605 addition to the 5th grade account represents profit from the Valentines’ dance. This year, dances have been open to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. Next month, council members should see income in the library account, proceeds from the recent Scholastic Book Fair.
Finding the budget report in order, the council reached consensus to approve it as submitted. Move to approve was made by Ms. Gant, with a second from Ms. Moore.

2017-2018 5th Grade Fundraiser: Ms. Carr was onhand to answer questions about a proposed 5th grade fundraiser for 2017-2018. Her family is offering chrysanthemums at a cost of $9.00 each. Southside would decide on the sale price. If approved, the mum sales would probably take place in late August, with delivery in September. Ms. Coleman moved to approve the mum sales as a 5th grade fundraiser for next school year, with a second provided by Ms. Gant. The fundraiser request was approved by consensus.

Principal’s Report:
Estimated Ending Enrollment: 320, up five from last month’s report.

Upcoming Events: On 3/28, all grade levels will enjoy a Draw-Along Art Assembly, featuring a guest artist from California. 3/30, primary and intermediate teams will represent Southside during the annual Battle of the Books. On 3/31, high school seniors who formerly attended Southside will return for a visit during Senior Flashback. Harrison County schools will be closed for Spring Break 4/3-7. On 4/12, 4th grade students and staff will attend an overnight 4-H trip. A Career Fair is planned for 4/14. Organizers for that event are Sheila Price, Mia Vaughn, and Jason Crisp. It is expected that some classes will schedule Easter egg hunts and/or parties for that day also. K-PREP testing will take place May 8-12. One change to the testing this year is that 4th grade students will not test on science.

Request for Executive Session: There was none.

Emergency and Miscellaneous Items:
Read To Achieve Grant: Mr. Fowler stated that Southside is one of two Harrison County schools to receive a $50,000 Read to Achieve grant. Reading intervention teachers will be hired at both schools. The positions are being interviewed at a district level, with involvement from curriculum coaches. Mr. Fowler expressed thanks to Southside teachers Mary Marshall, Ashley Hunt, Lou Ann Boyers, and Stacey Smiley for their work in securing the grant for Southside. Debbie Kendall and Melissa Miles are also thanked for their help.

Determine Date, Time, and Agenda Items for Next Regular Session: The council’s next regular meeting will be held on Monday, April 17, beginning at 4:00 p.m.. Any council member knowing of items to be included on the agenda should notify Mr. Fowler.

Adjournment: Hearing no further business, Mr. Fowler entertained a motion for adjournment. The motion was heard from Ms. Coleman, with a second from Ms. Smith. The council reached consensus to approve, and the meeting was adjourned at 4:29 p.m..

Respectfully submitted,

Terri Whitaker
Recording Secretary

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