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Trustees get special education, maintenance project updates

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The McComb faculty board acquired info Tuesday in regards to the special schooling program and three maintenance tasks.

During the board’s work session, special ed director Theresa Harrell stated this system is working with 331 college students. There are 28 full-time lecturers, together with 4 speech and language instructors, and one part-time instructor.

She stated the special ed lecturers have a complete of 419 years of expertise. Eighteen of them have at the least 10 years of expertise in special ed. The program has 11 new lecturers this yr, she added.

Harrell stated she is happy that no formal complaints about special schooling have been filed with the state Department of Education within the final three years.

“Any complaints we’ve had, we have handled at the district level,” she stated.

Maintenance director Germayne Nash gave an replace on repairs to the observe at C.C. Moore Stadium, together with latest harm to the home-field bleachers. She additionally mentioned a “sinkhole project” at Higgins Middle School.

Nash stated a soil guide has taken samples from underneath the observe. That will decide whether or not the district replaces your entire observe or only a section of it behind the south finish zone, close to Hollywood Cemetery, that was broken a few years in the past by three giant branches of a fallen tree.

The bleacher harm was brought on by Hurricane Ida. A tree fell and broken “quite a few seats” together with a security fence, Nash stated.

Regarding the sinkhole within the Higgins pavement, she stated she quickly will meet with an engineering agency to get an thought of when repairs will start.

In one other matter, trustee Lynn Martin, taking part by cellphone, requested a couple of $75,000 cost to the Internal Revenue Service that’s within the month-to-month claims docket for approval at subsequent week’s assembly.

Finance Director Courtney Bershell stated the cash is the settlement of a penalty for under-reporting payroll info in June 2018.

Bershell, who joined McComb this summer time, stated the district’s quarterly tax cost for wages, Social Security and Medicare was $133,000 lower than it ought to have been. Officials noticed the error just a few days later, in July 2018, and paid the stability at the moment. But they didn’t file paperwork with the IRS to acknowledge the error in a well timed method.

The IRS initially sought a penalty of $251,000 — nearly twice the quantity of the cost error.