BWSD mulls band problem, $6M FEMA reimbursement
By Cassandra Favre
Aug 13, 2013, 19:29
At Monday's Bay-Waveland School District School Board meeting, the board recognized the community's support for the Bay High band booster club and discussed the controversy over a FEMA audit for a $6 million dollar project worksheet.
Mike Bell of Bell Electric told the board Monday that he had collected more than $6,000 since Saturday for the Bay High band.
"I read Saturday's Sea Coast Echo and Catchie Crider's editorial and knew I had to do something." Bell said. "We raised $2,111 at Sunday's boot shake at the Waveland Wal-Mart.
"I'm proud of my community, and was surprised at the community's anger that a parent in a position of trust with money would've done something like this in our community." said Bell.
"I think we will pass the amount taken from the band." said Bell.
"Thank you so much," said board President Dr. Sherry Ponder. "Truly you tell us that one person can make a difference and it is causing a ripple effect.
"If board members want to personally donate that would be up to them," said Ponder. "I don't think we will be amending the budget."
In other action Monday, the board noted that FEMA is still conducting an audit of the $6 million Yates project.
"Yates did repairs, renovations and construction at all the campuses and athletics fields right after Hurricane Katrina," said board attorney Ronald Artigues. "Until FEMA has reviewed all the invoices for the project, and until we know what they are approving, we don't know how much money we will have."
"We've been constantly asking FEMA for eight years and they're still not finished with it," Ladner said. "I'm frustrated in that regard too."
According to finance director Lynelle Necaise, the estimated fund balance is $12.4 million.
"Currently, $8.2 million in total is loaned out to FEMA. If FEMA doesn't reimburse then that 12 would drop to 4," said Necaise.
Also n on Monday:
• Ladner said the new school year launched last week without a hitch.
"It was a great start to the school year, still had students registering on Monday" said Ladner. "No enrollment numbers yet, but hope to have them soon."
Many parents complimented the school's new online registration, she said.
"It saved a lot of time for the parents and school staff," said Ladner.
• Ladner said Bay High School will host an open house today, Wednesday, at 5:30 p.m. and "Meet the Team" at 7 p.m. at Bay High stadium.
• Ladner said The school district was selected to participate in the "Move to Learn" initiative, which is designed to help teachers raise student fitness levels and, in turn, raise student achievement, according to Move to Learn's website. Students in third and sixth grade will take part in a videotaping on August 17 from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ladner said that parental consent forms will need to be signed and the video will be shown nationwide.
• Bay-Waveland Middle School will hold open house on Aug. 22.
• The school's benchmark testing will be conducted on On Aug. 26-30, .
• The first Bay High football home game will be on Sept. 6.
• The board authorized Ladner to sign contracts this week and contractors will begin work next week on the 200 N. Second St. Bay-Waveland central office and alternative school.
• Ladner acknowledged the receipt of a letter from the Mississippi Dept. of Education recommending the school district be fully accredited with no findings for the 2013-14 school year.