Headlines Cont. – 4/3/2007

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 3, 2007

The Panolian: INSIDE STORIES – April 3, 2007


Pope Clean-up Day
     The Pope Women’s Club sponsored Pope Clean-up Day Saturday in an effort to keep Pope beautiful. Those who participated were (in front) Carol Bullard and JoAnna Patton; (standing) Don Golden, Patsy Wilder, Victoria Prince, Emma Pittman, Frances Ashcraft, Jimmie Cole and Louise Phillips.
North Panola school trustees will submit redistricting plan to Justice Department
By Jason C. Mattox

The North Panola School District Board of Trustees will send their redistricting plan based on the 2000 census back to the Department of Justice after making requested additions.

"We had previously submitted the plan, and the Department of Justice sent it back to us," board attorney Alix Sanders told the board during a meeting last Thursday afternoon.

The problem stemmed from voting percentages in the sub-districts.

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"They asked that we include the voting percentages of white and black voting-aged citizens," Sanders said.

Georgia Wilson, a regular attendee of board meetings, asked if that change was going to affect the district lines.

"Does that mean we are all going to be put into new districts?" she asked.

Sanders told Wilson and the rest of those attending the meeting that the change was simple and had no implications on the sub-district lines
"This is not going to have any impact on where people will vote or who your trustee is on the board," he said. "This is just something they asked us to send them."

In other board business:
Trustees discussed pay for bus drivers and possibly hiring a salaried substitute driver.
     "Right now we have drivers that are paid by the route, but we need to do something in case we need some substitutes," trustee Cecil Dowden said.
Certified district personnel including teachers, coaches and lead teachers were approved for the upcoming school year.

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