Richard Bowen of Iuka returned as board attorney at Monday’s regular meeting, taking the seat previously held by Bill Smith of Booneville.
Bowen served as attorney for the board for several years until stepping down in June 2012 to take a position as an assistant district attorney. He has since returned to private practice.
The board voted Monday to create a policy allowing principals to recommend to the superintendent a qualified instructor on their campus to serve as assistant principal. The superintendent would then make a formal recommendation to the board which must approve the appointment.
Board member Sheila Johnson said she believes the procedure is necessary because only the superintendent is legally allowed to make a recommendation for a promotion or change in job requirements.
The board agreed naming an assistant principal on each campus is needed in order to have a designated person to lead the school if an emergency were to arise while the principal is absent as well as to assist the principal with their regular duties as needed.
The board accepted a Perkins Reserve Fund grant award of $19,300 for the Prentiss County Vocational School. Vo-Tech Director Kim English said the funds will be used to purchase several large and expensive pieces of equipment for the automotive program to allow students to work toward earning the nationally recognized ASE certification.