The principals’ reports at the Quitman School Board meeting on August 28 were upbeat and reflective of the preparations the schools have undertaken in anticipation of the new school year. High School Principal Michael Stacks and Elementary School Principal Julie Wallace shared photos of upgrades to their facilities with the school board in addition to discussing changes that have been implemented for the 2018-2019 school year.

Stacks stated that starting school on a Wednesday this year was new, but worked out well by using the first three days for handing schedule changes and other business that is typical for the beginning of the year. Stacks also reported to the board that the cheerleaders will be selling score box ads to scroll across the display during ballgames this year as a source of fundraising. He added that while the score box has always had the ability to this, it will be the first time it will be used.

Wallace reported to the board that she has received positive feedback regarding the beginning of the year open house. Also, as an educator, it is her intentions to model lessons for her teachers to increase effectiveness in the classroom. Wallace has also created a Top Dog Award to be shared among her teachers in recognition of their outstanding work.

Both principals presented updates on current and upcoming athletic activities. Principal Stacks reported a Meet the Bulldogs event is in the planning stages and that the senior athletes recently had their photos taken for their senior banners. Principal Wallace shared her plans to assist with coaching a Little Dribblers basketball team this year. The Dribblers will perform at some of the high school basketball games during halftime in hopes of increasing interest in the sport among younger students.

The principals and board members discussed the impact of Acts of Kindness as a theme throughout the school year. Some board members shared how they have witnessed the lessons of kindness being implemented at home as well.

Other business covered at the board meeting included the acceptance of resignations and extending a part-time position into a full-time position. The board also approved the transfer of seven students from other school districts into the Quitman school district and moved to join a food service consortium in anticipation that it will save the district some money.

The next school board meeting will be held on September 11 at 6:00 p.m.