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North Panola district students heading to Saturday classes

By Rupert Howell
Students at North Panola are expected to attend makeup classes this Saturday and again on Saturday, April 26 following Monday night’s meeting of the North Panola School trustees who again amended the current school calendar.

The calendar was amended earlier for classes to be held adding two days, but a third makeup day has since been needed causing Monday’s decision to add April 26.

No makeup days were included in the current school calendar.Trustees had already approved amending the school calendar to include this Saturday, March 29 and Monday, April 21 — the day after Easter, as make up days.

Another day missed caused Conservator Robert King to add Saturday, April 26 to the calendar. King said the makeup Saturdays would be short days, or the minimum 330 minutes which would end at approximately 2:30 p.m.

Trustee board president Chris Fairlee presided at his first meeting Monday night since being elected to the position as he had asked conservator Robert King to lead the first two official meetings of the year until he could learn procedures traditionally used to preside at the meetings.

During the open meeting trustees heard reports from conservator Robert King and SWIFT coordinator Verda Taylor.

During a closed meeting and executive session, trustees took no official action behind closed doors concerning a personnel matter, a student discipline issue and a lawsuit.

King’s earlier report included mention of the possibility of fingerprint identification for board consideration in the future for use in the cafeteria.

Taylor’s presentation included information about an initiative involving grant money to enhance education involving all students in grades K-8, allowing all staff to have access to quality training and allowing all communities to work with schools to increase community and school involvement.

During the public comment session, Julius Harris asked the board to support the upcoming Marvin Hayes Scholarship Banquet to assist with local scholarships.

The event is scheduled for Saturday May 3, at 7 p.m. at Como School Cafeteria.

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