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our guide. We poured a lot of time and re­sources into this.”

Hutto em­pha­sized the im­por­tance of the dis­trict stick­ing to the plan. Board mem­ber Keith Coble ex­pressed a sim­i­lar sen­ti­ment.

“I've been through th­ese ex­er­cises many times in many places, and the vast ma­jor­ity I've been in­volved in got put on the shelf,” Coble said.

The dis­trict de­ter­mined its need for a new strate­gic plan fol­low­ing con­sol­i­da­tion and the hire of Peas­ant as su­per­in­ten­dent. The board also ap­proved an ad­min­is­tra­tive change. Ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately, Over­street El­e­men­tary School Prin­ci­pal Tim Bourne will serve as the dis­trict's direc­tor of ac­count­abil­ity, ac­cred­i­ta­tion and as­sess­ment. Starkville High School Lead Teacher Cyn­thia Milons will serve as in­terim prin­ci­pal of Over­street. Bourne has worked in the dis­trict since 2001, first serv­ing as a science teacher. In ad­di­tion to be­ing prin­ci­pal of Over­street, Bourne has also led Arm­strong Mid­dle School. Milons joined the dis­trict in 2009, first as an English teacher.

“Their strengths as ad­min­is­tra­tors make them uniquely qual­i­fied for th­ese po­si­tions,” Peas­ant said.

The board also took no ac­tion on the ap­proval of fundrais­ing for a new sta­dium jum­botron. The de­ci­sion fol­lowed a pre­sen­ta­tion by Dak­troinics rep­re­sen­ta­tives. A sim­i­lar mea­sure was tabled at the board's June 19 meet­ing.

The board also heard a pre­sen­ta­tion from Ap­ple rep­re­sen­ta­tives on the dis­trict mov­ing to­wards the rental of sev­eral Ap­ple de­vices to be used by stu­dents and teach­ers.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the board set Aug. 7 as the date for the re­quired pub­lic bud­get hear­ing. The dis­trict's 2018-2019 bud­get is sched­uled to be ap­proved at the board's reg­u­lar Au­gust meet­ing on Aug. 14.

(Photo by Char­lie Ben­ton, SDN)

Starkville-Ok­tibbeha Con­sol­i­dated School Dis­trict Board of Trustees mem­bers De­bra Prince, left, and Sum­ner Davis work dur­ing the school board meet­ing Tues­day night. The board ap­proved the dis­trict's new five-year strate­gic plan.

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