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School board pursues deal with executing arts, band consultants

Revealed 9:57 pm Saturday, December 17, 2022

NATCHEZ — All through a Friday assembly, the Natchez Adams College District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to start off agreement negotiations with two distinct consultants to set up a true undertaking arts plan in the district.

Natchez Significant Athletic and Programs Director Alphaka Moore introduced Zachary Harris as a potential consultant for the junior superior and substantial faculty band method and Gary McCullum as a choir, songs and Executing Arts expert to the Board of Trustees through its conference last month.

The price tag and size of the contracts are nonetheless staying labored out, mentioned Superintendent Fred Butcher soon after Friday’s meeting, introducing the board’s conclusion is a stage forward in the system.

University officers did say, nonetheless, that a College for the Arts is one particular of their top targets for Elementary and Secondary Faculty Emergency Reduction (ESSER) resources allocated to the district.

Harris teaches songs at William Carey College and operates as a expert for bands during the condition. He would be ready to aid and mentor the district’s young band director, Jamien McCallister, Moore said at past month’s assembly.

McCullum is the director of the executing arts packages at East Marion Universities, building the method from the floor up and turning it into a product method for the condition, he advised school officers in November.

“After the Christmas program, so lots of people came to me and reported how terrific the audio was and how crucial it was to have more songs from the public schools,” board member Diane Bunch mentioned. “To absolutely everyone that has appear to me, I have said that is 1 of our major priorities to use ESSER resources for. When they saw the violins and they see these little ones enjoying at the Christmas plans, it is just fantastic. I simply cannot pressure enough how that brings the group with each other.”

In other issues during Friday’s conference, college officials agreed to ship a letter to the Metropolis of Natchez declining a federal COPS grant chance from the Office of Justice that could’ve hired up to seven university resource officers from the Natchez Police Department to get the job done at NASD educational facilities.

The difficulty, however, is that the grant needs a 25 p.c match from the faculty district which could not be waived and the faculty district cannot sustain it, officers mentioned Friday.

Natchez colleges would have been awarded $768,319 from the grant, the greatest award of a few in the state.

Other awards went to Holmes County Consolidated School District for $125,000 and the Metropolis of Picayune for $124,150.

“We want to go ahead and send out a letter to the mayor and the board and enable them know t

“If, in point, we are expected to pay the 25 p.c match, which is $287,000, it would have to occur out of our general fund as opposed to the ESSER fund, which cannot be applied as a match. It would put us in a scenario wherever we’d have to locate those funds,” stated Board Vice President Philip West. “We appreciate them submitting the proposal to companion with us in buy to get anything carried out … but at this particular place it is just not feasible.”

The board also moved its Tuesday, Dec. 20, common meeting up to 9 a.m. No other steps have been taken.