Ro'Shaun Bailey, Jackie Cooper-Lewis

Dr. Ro’Shaun Bailey, left, and Jackie Cooper-Lewis, new members of the Greenwood Leflore Consolidated School Board, are shown at Tuesday’s meeting.

At its first regular meeting of 2020, the Greenwood Leflore Consolidated School Board officially welcomed two new members Tuesday.

Dr. Ro’Shaun Bailey of District 4  and Jackie Cooper-Lewis of District 5 were elected in November. They replaced Randy Clark and Anthony Gilmore.

Board officers also were chosen at the meeting. Samantha Milton was reinstated as president, Dr. Kalanya Moore as vice president and Kelvin Pulley as board attorney.

In other business, it was announced that the district has been awarded a $40,000 Mississippi Community Oriented Policing Services in Schools grant from the Mississippi Department of Education.

“The purpose of this grant is to increase the number of school resource officers (SROs), and these funds will be used to purchase supplies needed for our SROs,” Superintendent Mary Brown said.

Guaranty Bank has also made a one-time donation of $50,000 to the Greenwood Leflore Early Learning Collaborative. The funds will be utilized for supplies for pre-kindergarten children in the early learning collaborative.

According to Assistant Superintendent Likisha Coleman, the total estimated cost of completing the early learning collaborative project is $66,000, which will be covered by this donation as well as another grant previously received.

Another topic discussed Tuesday was the board’s new policy on taking public comments at meetings.

Comments will be limited to three minutes per individual or group, and the first 10 people to sign in prior to the meeting will be eligible to speak.

No one signed up to speak Tuesday.

In a statement given to the Commonwealth, the district said, “It is a time that the public may use to make the board aware of matters related to student achievement and school operations.”

The statement also said that “it is not a forum for in-depth discussion of issues with the board, nor is it a public discussion.”

The board stressed that issues covered by privacy laws, such as speaking poorly of a student or school personnel, are not to be discussed in open session and are not suitable for public discussion.

“Remarks of this nature and personal remarks will be ruled out of order by the board chair,” Pulley said.

Contact Kerrigan Herret at 581-7233 or kherret@gwcommonwealth.com.

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