Wednesday, May 27, 2015

News from Today's School Board Meeting

If you are concerned about the Rankin County School District and are not following Kate Royals of the Clarion Ledger's Twitterfeed, you are missing out.  Some of her jewels from this morning's School Board Meeting:

Jacob McEwen of Northwest Rankin Middle School was hired to replace Asst. Superintendent William Huskey.

OK, so we've ended executive session and now $3 million for Brandon HS' new football and $2.7 million for Northwest's projects are coming up.

Northwest Rankin is looking at improvements to its home stadium, for what I understand.

Board approved the funds unanimously.

Here is Kate's subsequent article on the meeting.


Anonymous said...

I find this kind of tomfoolery ridiculous. This is Rankin not Jackson. They put all of this horse hockey in a bond issue, the people spoke and said "We the People of Rankin think it is dumb to pay for stadiums and artificial turf during a recession". Did the board get the message?? NO! They have been voting individually for all the things in the 169 million dollar bond issue that the people voted against. Now I get word they are thinking about another bond issue after paying for all the crap(football turf, stadiums) "We the people" did not want. I think it is time to start voting against some of these fools. We have kids in portables in this county and a high school that is falling apart (NWR HS), what is the board's answer? Build football fields because that matters 10 years after you graduate.

Anonymous said...

Makes sense right?

Project Cost Estimates
These estimates are very preliminary and are based on
current construction costs.
Brandon Zone $35,458,630
Current Student Enrollment: 5,286
*New Brandon High School built with 2001 Bond Issue funds.
Brandon High School
• 16 new classrooms $4,226,346
• New Football Stadium, field house, girls softball and
soccer practice field
Brandon Middle School
• 12 new classrooms $3,370,717
• Renovate gym, replace elevator and repair canopy $1,992,567
Brandon Elementary
• New Elementary School $15,000,000
Florence Zone $15,824,195
Current Student Enrollment: 2,440
* Steen’s Creek Elementary built with 2001 Bond Issue funds.
Florence High School
• 13 new classrooms including science lab $3,785,375
• Band Hall $849,789
• Add baseball and softball dressing rooms, renovate locker
rooms and lighting in the gym and upgrade football stadium
Florence Middle School
• 6 new classrooms including 3 science labs, classroom renovations, build a
practice football field, demolish old gym and old classroom building
Florence Elementary School
• 6 new classrooms, renovate restrooms, add covered walkway for car
riders and reroof building
Steen’s Creek Elementary
• 5 new classrooms, new playground and add a frontage road for car riders
McLaurin Zone $24,939,377
Current Student Enrollment: 1,287
McLaurin High School
• Build a new High School for grades 9‐12, including a new girls softball
field, concession stand with restrooms at the football stadium
Northwest Rankin Zone $52,069,814
Current Student Enrollment: 5,747
* Northshore and Oakdale Elementary built with 2001 Bond Issue funds.
Northwest Rankin High School
• Build a new High School for grades 10‐12
• Renovate existing Northwest Rankin High School for grades 8‐9
Northwest Rankin Zone Elementary Schools
• Reroof Northwest Rankin Elementary, Flowood Elementary
and Vine Street Elementary
Pelahatchie Zone $4,619,662
Current Student Enrollment: 755
Pelahatchie High School
• 4 new classrooms $1,308,993
• Renovate Auditorium $534,064
• Renovate Gym $1,360,634
Pelahatchie Elementary School
• 4 new classrooms and relocate playground $1,415,971
Pisgah Zone $3,548,498
Current Student Enrollment: 776
Pisgah High School
• 9 new classrooms including 1 Science Lab $2,796,662
• Renovate 11 High School classrooms $580,425
Pisgah Elementary School
• Renovate Library $171,410
Puckett Zone $1,098,395
Current Student Enrollment: 711
Puckett High School
• New Agricultural Science/JROTC Building $1,098,395
Richland Zone $6,847,272
Current Student Enrollment: 1,969
*New High School built with 2001 Bond Issue funds.
Richland High School
• 2 new classrooms $487,789
• Renovate 10 classrooms $358,386
• Add bleachers, press box and lights to football field and
renovate baseball dugouts
• Purchase property for a vocational facility and future additions $1,300,000
Richland Upper Elementary
• Renovations to existing building $4,298,226
District Wide Improvements $2,390,000
• Upgrade existing T‐12 lighting to T‐8 $1,500,000
• Upgrade existing hardware to District standards $400,000
• Install entry card system to all schools $850,000
Contingency (reserve fund for unexpected increases in construction costs)
Professional Fees $3,325,722
Total Estimated Cost $169,500,000

Anonymous said...

Can we get a comment form the Superintendent Candidates regarding the vote today and their positions.

Morrison -


The other Guy

Please tell us voters how you feel?

Anonymous said...

Morrison - "Football is awesome"

Townsend- "Gridiron is where we play foosball"

The other Guy "Momma said alligators are mad because they have all them teeth and no tooth brush"

Anonymous said...

Judging by the FACT that Mississippi consistently rates in the bottom 10, bottom 5 or even dead last in nearly every U.S. educational statistic undoubtedly proves the educational funding is being spent properly (YES, I'm being facetious!) The following was extracted from the article:
4. Mississippi
> State score: 71.0 (tied-4th highest)
> State grade: C-
> High school graduation rate: 62.2% (4th lowest)
> Per pupil expenditure: $9,756 (14th lowest)

Mississippi was one of three states, along with Louisiana and West Virginia, to receive a failing grade for K-12 achievement. Only about a quarter fourth-graders in the state were deemed proficient in math in 2011, with less than 20% of eighth graders given the same distinction. Less than 4% of students in grades 11 or 12 received a 3 or above on an advanced placement exam during the year. This is the lowest rate of all states and much worse than the 21.9% across the U.S. In addition to having one of the worst set of public schools overall, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools rated Mississippi as having the worst charter school laws in the country.

Read more: States With the Best and Worst School Systems - 24/7 Wall St.

Anonymous said...

I am blown away that the school board is allocating money to extra curricular activities at NWR when the middle school and high school are overcrowded to nearly a crisis point. I plan to vote for anyone who will work to get a new high school before Rankin County is no longer the "good" school district.

Anonymous said...

The voters (well,those that bothered) voted "NO" to the school bond that would have covered everything needed for RCSD. Why **tch about it now? Football is the only important activity in an public school. If the leaky and smelly buildings, broken desks, and lack of supplies was as important as football then the kids and teachers would have everything they need. As it stands, our kids could go to school on tree stumps as long as football is adequately funded.

The voters also hurt their own property values because our school district and it's success has a direct impact on home values.

Anonymous said...

I think anyone who reads this should know the board has voted for individual things from the bond issue so we can compete with surrounding areas. That is their logic. Competition. Our board of education is focused on how we look(stadiums) and how we perform on a field rather than how we perform in a classroom.

This is madness. THIS IS SPARTA!