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.
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.