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8 chose Jenny Jorgenson, the board president, and board member Joe Keel to serve on a committee with two members of Williston Public School District No. 1.

The subject drew pointed criticism on the part of trustees during Tuesday's school board meeting. A spokeswoman with the school district said he will be gone all week on "district business".

The virtual school uses Acellus - an online learning program with 20,000 schools and 2.5 million students worldwide - for curriculum and instruction, though CSVA students take standardized state tests. Those schools are Bessemer, Cone, Fairview, Falkener, Foust, Hampton and Wiley elementary schools and Ferndale, Jackson and Hairston middle schools. Of that overage, $1.5 million is for operational expenses, and $1.2 million is for the debt service for the city's new high school and career technical center now under construction.

"If you look at the slide, you kind of lose the $250,000 at the bottom", Magara said.

CMSD's school board hired the Mississippi School Boards Association to conduct the search following the board's vote to not renew then-superintendent Philip Hickman's contract in November.

She has sat on the school board for six years.

Gunderson says an editorial by Superintendent Rocky Hanna last week recommending the school board reject two charter proposals is something the company hasn't seen from other districts. Getting out of the typical class size requirements would also help them give some highly qualified teachers extra students.

"We have a budget to consider and a school district in disarray", Evenson said.

He pointed out federal and state guidelines call for creating districts with similar population numbers while respecting socio-economic and demographic communities of interest.

A third proposition will ask voters to fill three seats on the Board of Education.

"There are a lot of factors that drive the budget, from the tax cap to (the question of) how do we add value", he said.

Crook said Mackenzie's one elementary school is also overcrowded, with a population of over 300 kids.

"The board approved a capital plan in November that is the most comprehensive that we have ever had as a school system", Massey said in his address, referencing the plan.

"That's the reason I made the motion the way I made it", he said. "I just have my experience and history with what happened in recent history".

This meeting followed an emergency meeting that was not scheduled on Sunday April 1. Younger teachers with less experience will come on at a lower pay grade saving the district an expected $540,000.

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