Headlines Cont. – 10/31/2006

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The Panolian: INSIDE STORIES – October 31, 2006


NP trustees question extra pay for coaches
By Jason C. Mattox

A discussion of coaches’ salary supplements that began in the open meeting of the North Panola School District Board of Trustees October 23 ended up in executive session where no action was taken.

During a discussion of personnel, salary supplements for coaches became a heated topic of discussion.

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"The supplement for coaches seems high," board president Cecil Dowden said.

Dowden explained that the head coach was receiving a $5,000 supplement to coach and the assistants were receiving as much as $3,000.

"What kind of supplement was the head coach getting last year?" Dowden asked.

District finance manager Lavette Upshaw said the head coach’s supplement last year was $3,000 with assistant coaches receiving $2,000-$2,500.

"That’s a pretty good increase," trustee Rose Wilson said.

Dowden questioned who okayed the pay increase.

"I was asked if there was anything I could do to help them out," Upshaw said.

"Who asked?" Dowden replied.

"Ms. Carter," Upshaw said.

Carter appeared awestruck by the remark and said she did not recall that conversation.

After a few more minutes of debate, Dowden said the matter was something they needed to discuss further in executive session.

In other board business:
The district adopted a revised test security plan.
Board members approved mileage reimbursement for Gilda Thomas, principal at Crenshaw Elementary.
A medical leave for second grade teacher Sue Booth was approved pending proper documentation from her doctor.
Como Elementary was given permission to hold a fall festival on October 26.
The board went into executive session to discuss potential litigation. No action was taken.
Prior to the meeting, trustees conducted a disciplinary hearing to deal with student behavior.
Vandals cause damage to five vehicles
By Jason C. Mattox

The Batesville Police Department is looking for suspects in a vandalism that took place over the weekend.

According to Col. Tony Jones, five cars at Taylor’s Auto Clinic on Highway 35 were broken into, but nothing has been reported stolen.

"There were five cars at the business and each one of them had a window busted out," Jones said. "But there was nothing taken from any of the cars that we know of."

Jones said the department has no suspects at this time and is offering a reward for information.

"We are offering a reward for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this," he said.

Anyone with information can contact the Batesville Police Department at 563-5653.

No arrests have been made. The case remains under investigation.

Election commission releases poll workers for Nov. 7 vote
Poll Workers – District 1
November 7, 2006
West Sardis
  Earlene Freeman – receiving manager
Mattie Sandridge
Debra Johnson
Dorothy Wilbourn – return manager
Lydia Smith
East Sardis
  Charles Blakely – return manager
Harold Johnson – receiving manager
Edna Miles
Mary Paula Webb
  Ester Lewers – return manager
Brenda Gates – receiving manager
Charlene Bowden
Etta Conrad
Earnestine Carter
Ann Garrison
Pleasant Mount
  Franklin Bowden – receiving manager
Martha Garrison – returning manager
Bernice Lyons
Georgia Callicutt
Ida Porter
Cold Springs
  Mattie Spears – receiving manager
Annie B. Perry – return manager
Liddie Kimmons
Poll Workers – District 2
South Sardis Precinct
  Verna LaSha Hunter – receiving manager
Luella Wesley – returning manager
Naomi J. Pearson – manager
Christeen Jones – manager
Mattie Sandridge – manager
Pleasant Grove Precinct
  Rebekah Watson – receiving manager
Dorothy Polk – returning manager
Miriam Watson – manager
Damon Andrews – manager
Candace Armstrong – manager
Concord Macedonia Precinct
  Cheryl James – receiving manager
Arnetta M. Brown – returning manager
Christine Franklin – manager
Letha Bean – manager
Earnestine McCain – manager
Curtis Precinct
  James Cox – receiving manager
Barbara Duncan – returning manager
Alberta Bradley – manager
Freddie Sanders
Frances Dye – manager
Longtown Precinct
  Betty Tillman – returning manager
Vernice Avant – receiving manager
Dorothy Ruffin – manager
Frances Parks – manager
Jackie Miller – manager
Poll Workers – District 3
  Sandra Darby – receiving manager
Betty Hudson – returning manager
Sally Hubbard
Doris Morris
Janie Snider
  Linda Bean – receiving manager
Marion Kincade – returning manager
Lee Andrew Blackburn
Christine Blackburn
Harry Lee Pitcock
  Margaret Pope – receiving manager
Rebecca Pinkard – returning manager
Annie L. Johnson
Birda Pope
Phylis W. Johnson
  Mary L. Sanford – receiving manager
Frank Waycaster – returning manager
Joe Pearson
Margie Pearson
Teresa Thornton
Poll Workers – District 4
Coles Point
  Martha Chrestman – manager
Lonnie Chrestman – manager
Donald Skipper
Gail Shuford
Mark Shuford
  Perry Massey – manager
Martha Hubbard – manager
Dot Watson
Clara Henderson
Johnny Lou Ford
James Barnett
East Batesville
  Pat Whitehorn – manager
Lillian Nason – manager
Lorene Moore
Theresa Moore
Barbara Stevens
Marilyn Barbaro
North Sprintport
  Hilda Wilson – manager
Lonnie Ales – manager
Charles Slaughter
Annie Ruth Copeland
Betty Webb
South Sprintport
  Bonnie Thornton – manager
Betty Matthews – manager
Dorothy Means
Billye Smith
Mary Egerson
Poll Workers – District 5
East Batesville
  Mary Keating – receiving manager
Ricky Brown – returning manager
Ann Womble – manager
Cheryl Jackson – manager
Barbara Smith – manager
North Batesville "A"
  Barbara Bruce – receiving manager
Nell Baker – returning manager
Kay Daugherty – manager
Polly Tanksley – manager
LaTara Lawson – bailiff
North Batesville "B"
  Percy Bruce – receiving manager
Janie Womble – returning manager
Mary Lou Evans – manager
Annie Lou Curtis – manager
Deborah Gardner – manager
Aslen Lawson – bailiff
  Bennie Abson – receiving manager
Dorris Abson – returning manager
Rex Houston – bailiff manager
Harold Houston – manager

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