by Hunter Dawkins

Before the Pass Christian Board of Trustees began their monthly meeting in the middle school gymnasium last Tuesday, the undefeated football conference champions were celebrated by the school district for their athletic achievement.  Pass Christian School District Superintendent; Dr. Carla Evers, presented each student-athlete with a certificate and delivered an appreciation to the players, coaches, and staff for winning this championship.

Once this accomplishment was recognized, the Pass Christian School District Special Services Director Rob French delivered a brief display of the state performance plan (SPP) and the annual performance report (APR).  According to the figures presented, the school district is meeting the state goal of being above both measures.  Based on the compliance indications, the Pass Christian School District has an 85% rating, which are the highest results on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Following the delivery, Dr. Evers gave a brief introduction to the creator and president of The LAD Project; Tammie Dedeaux Gray.  Gray addressed the school board, administrators, faculty, and audience mentioning the goals of The LAD project, as bridging the gap between parents and the school.  Additionally, Gray stated that 100% of 3rd graders that go through The LAD Project have passed the state’s third grade reading test.

Subsequently, the Pass Christian School Board began conducting business, as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Paige Bromen distributed a financial report, speaking about local tax collections under the current budget and a statement of revenues.

After accepting donations from band boosters, Chemours, The Peoples Bank and Davis Crump law firm for the annual Pirate Palooza, Bromen addressed a recent financial audit report.  The CFO stated this was an unmodified report with no material weakness, but an identity clause needed to be amended under the advice of School Board Attorney Mark Alexander.

Dr. Evers clarified two items that didn’t match the guidelines in the audit report were:  one hire outside of the timeline set and one payment for a bond over $25,000.  The payment was the final money for the baseball/softball field, according to Evers.

Before recess, Evers expressed a since gratitude for the month’s report of having a 95.6% attendance rate, which is above the school district’s goal.

Prior to the next regular meeting on December 10th at the school district’s central office, a workshop is scheduled for 3:30pm.