The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) requires the Tdap vaccination for all students entering 7th grade each fall. This requirement began during the 2012-2013 school year.
The Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) had previously been a recommended vaccination for this age group since 2006. However at this time Mississippi, along with 41 other states require it.
Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, has increased in frequency across the country in recent years, as protection from the childhood pertussis vaccine has become weaker over time in the adolescent population.
”By vaccinating our adolescents, we can decrease illness in this group and reduce exposure and illness in infants,” said State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier. “Pertussis can be particularly deadly for newborns, and it is essential to limit their exposure to the disease since they are too young to receive a vaccine against it.”
Additional recommended vaccinations for preteens include those against meningococcal disease, human papillomavirus (HPV), and a second dose of varicella (chicken pox) vaccine for those who have not received one at an earlier age.
“We still strongly recommend the Tdap vaccine for all adolescents, however it is only required for those entering seventh grade,” said Dr. Currier.
New Albany Middle School Nurse Anne Christ recently met with rising seventh graders to discuss the vaccination and encourage students to take care of this registration requirement as soon as possible. “Students must have their Immunization Form 121 on file before students can receive their schedules for the upcoming school year,” Christ said.
“I would encourage the parents of incoming seventh graders to adhere to this law to avoid delays in school registration this fall,” said Jackie Ford, Superintendent of New Albany Schools.
The required Tdap vaccination and other recommended vaccinations are available at the health department, clinics, and through all Vaccines for Children (VFC) providers.
After the required Tdap is given, parents will be given a new Immunization Form 121 that is marked “Complete for School”. This new updated form must be on file at the school before your child can attend 7th grade in fall 2015. To avoid a rush for parents at the end of the summer, it is strongly encouraged that the updated Immunization Form 121 be provided to the school as soon as possible.
As the 2014-2015 school year approaches, the New Albany School District (NASD) Department of Transportation would like to make parents and the community aware of changes in afternoon bus transportation procedures. Lecia Stubblefield, Transportation Director, emphasizes, “Safety is always our first priority in any decision we make.”
For the past several years, elementary students have been transported home on buses separate from middle and high school students. This caused elementary students to ride a different bus from their older siblings. In some instances, students did not have the same bus number and driver assignment for the afternoon as they did the morning.
This school year, NASD will be returning to a single fleet system of transportation. The greatest benefit of this system will be that students will ride the bus with their siblings and will ride the same bus at all times. There will be three bus dismissals at each school in the afternoon. Stubblefield stated, “Home arrival times may vary the first couple of weeks until we get all routes finalized and in a routine. Do not hesitate to call the schools or the central office with any questions you may have.”
Please note how this change in bus procedures will affect each school as it pertains to traffic on campus:
New Albany Elementary School:
- Car rider dismissal will be at 3:00 p.m. Car traffic will be routed the same way as last year for student pick-up.
New Albany Middle School:
- Car riders and walkers will be dismissed at 3:00 p.m.
- Car riders should be picked up on Apple Street. Traffic should enter Apple Street from South Central Avenue.
- Walkers to the Boys & Girls Club will exit the east end of building near the old tennis courts. Walkers to downtown area will exit out the end of the long hallway with car riders.
- Glade Avenue will be closed from corner of Oak/Glade to through traffic from 2:30-3:30 (or until last bus departs school) each day.
New Albany High School:
- Car riders, student drivers, and walkers will be dismissed at 3:00 p.m.
- All traffic should enter on Wheeler Street located at the north end of the campus near the Central Office building each day (morning and afternoon traffic). Buses, Faculty and Senior Parking ONLY will be allowed to turn in front of the Career and Techinical Building in the mornings. All others should drive behind the school and park in the South Student Parking Lot or parents may drop car riders off at English Wing.
- All traffic should exit the south end of the campus across from Chevron each day (morning and afternoon traffic).
- During afternoon, all automobiles must use street between high school building and football stadium.
- Each afternoon, car riders should be picked up at the south end of the campus.
- The drive between high school building and football stadium is a one way drive each day between hours of 7:00-8:00 a.m. and 2:45-3:30 p.m.
Transportation diagrams for car rider pick up and campus traffic are available at each school office for pick-up.
Press Release Courtesy of Schneider Electric
Holly Springs and New Albany School Districts retrofit for efficiency and improved learning environments
DALLAS – January 27, 2014 – Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, announced today the completion of a $2.8 million energy savings performance contract (ESPC) with the New Albany School District in New Albany, Miss. and a $935,000 ESPC with the Holly Springs School District in Holly Springs, Miss. The two projects span 12 facilities and incorporate dozens of efficiency upgrades, including HVAC, lighting, and IT retrofits, saving the New Albany and Holly Springs districts more than $2.4 Million in energy costs over the 15 year partnership.”
“The projects we facilitated for the Mississippi school districts are great success stories, and we hope they pave the way for future projects with other districts in the state who are looking to be more energy efficient, so they can reallocate funds to support much needed educational initiatives,” said Tammy Fulop, vice president of sales, Energy & Sustainability Services at Schneider Electric.
With approval of the MDA (Mississippi Development Authority) the New Albany ESPC, completed in October, sought to provide a better learning environment for the district’s students, while making critical efficiency improvements without raising taxes. The project with Schneider Electric included upgrades to six facilities, with a majority of the work focused on the district’s middle and high schools. Highlights include:
- Installation of a new district-wide energy management system (EMS), which included 147 new thermostats and 12 new temperature sensors
- Replacement of the aging boiler system in the high school, as well as two new heating systems to the high school’s auditorium
- Installation of a new water source pumping system in the middle school
- Implementation of an IT power management system across the district’s facilities.
The ESPC also included a variety of other improvements, like lighting retrofits for more than 2,500 fixtures and the installation of freezer monitors in the schools’ cafeterias to prevent food loss. In total, the New Albany School District is not only projected to save more than $1 million in annual energy costs, but the environmental impact of these upgrades is the equivalent to taking 414 cars off the road or planting 1,985 trees.
“We are tremendously pleased with the upgrades to the New Albany School District’s facilities, which were so needed to ensure the sustainability of the district and the quality of the learning environment we provide our children,” said Jackie Ford, superintendent of the New Albany School District. “This partnership has served as a starting point for future efficiency projects with Schneider Electric, and we look forward to working with them again.”
Faced with increased budgetary pressures, the Holly Springs School District needed to reduce its operational expenditures while also improving the heating and cooling efficiency in its facilities. Holly Springs School District was able to accomplish both of these goals with the help of Schneider Electric via an ESPC. The primary component of the project was the installation of district-wide direct digital controls (DDC) and EMS. The centralized EMS enables the district to manage all of the HVAC controls throughout the district from one central location, automatically scheduling it to turn on weekday mornings in time to produce a comfortable environment and to turn off at the end of the day, ensuring that no energy is wasted during unoccupied times. This system also aids the maintenance team in proactively identifying potential equipment issues before receiving complaints, resulting in more comfortable facilities.
Schneider Electric also worked with the district to implement lighting retrofits to all of its facilities, most notably the schools’ gyms, which resulted in significant energy savings and improved lighting quality. Completed this spring, the ESPC will generate a 25 percent reduction in Holly Springs’ utility bills, amounting to more than $75,000 annually. Over the 15 year partnership, this savings is expected to amount to more than $1.4 million for the district. In addition to the budgetary savings, the environmental impact of the upgrades is equivalent to eliminating 127 cars from the road or planting 23,700 trees.
“Schneider Electric was a terrific partner throughout the project with Holly Springs School District,” said Adam Andrews, director of operations for Holly Springs School District. “They immediately understood our needs and worked with us to customize upgrades that have made our district more efficient both in terms of energy use and operational expenditures.”
In the past 20 years, Schneider Electric has successfully implemented nearly 500 ESPCs across the nation and helped clients around the world save more than $1 billion. ESPCs help publicly-funded entities make capital improvements over longer payback periods. ESPCs offer many long-term benefits such as improved facility efficiency, occupant comfort, financial management and environmental protection. Typically, new, more efficient equipment and upgraded facility automation systems maximize energy efficiency and generate utility savings.
About The Mississippi Development Authority
The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) is the State of Mississippi’s lead economic and community development agency. Nearly 300 employees are engaged in providing services to businesses, communities and workers in the state. While the agency is best known for its efforts to recruit new businesses to Mississippi, MDA also provides services to promote tourism, help communities improve their quality of place, help existing employers identify and meet opportunities and challenges, and help workers improve their skills – all with the goal of improving the quality of life and economic well-being of Mississippians.
State law gives the Mississippi Development Authority the responsibility to review and approve all Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) and Energy Shared Savings Contracts between public entities and performance contractors in Mississippi. ESPCs are rapidly achieving widespread use by governmental agencies because they offer a means for overcoming constrained capital budgets, aging and inefficient buildings and equipment, and limited maintenance staff resources. ESPCs are configured so that energy cost savings pay for associated project costs over the life of the contract, and these cost savings are guaranteed. For more information, visit MDA’s website. www.mississippi.org
About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructure, Industries & Machines Manufacturers, Non-residential Building, Data Centers & Networks and in Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the company's 140,000 plus employees achieved sales of 30.8 billion US dollars (24 billion euros) in 2012, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.
The Dean Provence Endowment for Excellence in Education Board has announced the allocation of funds totaling more than $11,000 to teachers in the New Albany School District (NASD). In an effort to maximize the effectiveness of the awards, this year grants were directed to New Albany Middle School, New Albany High School, and NASTUC. Endowment funding will be used for equipment and materials in the classroom that are not typically covered by the school budget.
The Endowment for Excellence in Education was begun in 1986 as the vision of School Board member Dean Provence. Provence, a New Albany native, was an active volunteer in both school and community activities. Through his volunteer efforts, he recognized the need for
additional funding in the schools for projects and classroom materials, and was instrumental in establishing the endowment fund. Following his death, the locally supported endowment fund was renamed in memory of Provence and has continued to provide needed funding to classrooms in the New Albany Schools for more than twenty years. Since 1986, the Endowment has provided approximately $315,000 in support to the NASD.
The endowment is funded through individual and corporate contributions and fundraising events sponsored by the Endowment Board. Contributions to the Dean Provence Endowment for Excellence in Education are accepted throughout the year and may be mailed to 301 Hwy. 15 North, New Albany, MS 38652.
Project Name Applicant Amount Awarded
Nooks & Nook Cart Elaine Watson $4,000.00
Books for Library Melissa Luna $1,124.60
Equipped Science Labs Enola Davis $2,058.26
Building Life-Long Readers Elaine Watson $372.14
eInstruction Robert Garrett $595.00
TI-84 Starter Set Allie Speck $1,200.00
Access to Technology Jamie Coleman $2,420.00