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
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.
“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.
To help parents comply more easily with the vaccine requirement, the Union County Health Department will be giving FREE vaccines for children 18 years of age and under during the week of April 22-26. If the child’s immunizations are not already entered into the health department data base, parents will need to provide a copy of the current shot record.
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 2013. 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 before the close of this school year in May.
The Union County Health Department’s special immunization hours for the free immunization week (April 22-26) are 8:00am – 10:30am, 1:00pm – 3:30pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.
The New Albany School District adopted an abstinence-only education curriculum in May 2012 to comply with the requirements of the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE). However, the New Albany Schools already have a well-established program and method of teaching in place.
For the past fifteen years, all seventh grade students at New Albany Middle School (NAMS) have had the opportunity to participate in the annual abstinence education course in a safe, positive setting. Boys and girls are separated during the week-long course and are taught by school nurses in the district.
The abstinence-only program at NAMS has grown over the years and experienced minimal changes. The program started as a partnership between the school and Junior Auxiliary of New Albany and has evolved into the school district taking over the project and receiving funding from various grants and local funds. “Sex Respect” is the curriculum that has been utilized until this year when a change was made to the “WAIT Training” program, one of the MDE approved curriculums for an abstinence-only program.
The course is not required but is strongly encouraged and only taught with parental permission. The course focuses on refraining from sexual contact until marriage, and birth control is not taught as an option. Students also learn of the many risks associated with premarital sex including the physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual effects. Abstinence before marriage is the only absolute way to avoid these risks.
“Over the years, I have received lots of positive feedback from the parents of students who have taken the class, as well as the students as they have gotten older,” said Tammie Reeder, Health Services Coordinator for New Albany Schools and one of the instructors of the abstinence only program. Jill Robbins, high school nurse, is also an instructor. Reeder added that it is wonderful that New Albany Schools had a program in place long before mandates came from the state department of education.
School personnel from the New Albany and Union County School Districts are once again working with local physicians, physical and occupational therapists, and athletic trainers to make preparations for the upcoming pre-participation sports physical screening event to be held on Thursday, May 2nd. For the sixth consecutive year, the physicians of Creekmore Clinic will allow the use of their office for this event. However, Creekmore Clinic is not responsible for required follow-ups.
The Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) requires all students who will participate in any MHSAA sanctioned event to have a pre-participation physical assessment. This includes all students in grades 7-12 who will participate in any sport, including cheerleading, band, and chorus. This evaluation must take place every year in which a child participates in an activity.
We will continue to require that students entering the 9th grade (current 8th graders) be seen by their personal physician for their physical evaluation in their physician’s office and not during the screening event. The MHSAA physical form for 2013-2014 9th grade students will be given to all current 8th graders and will also be available in all local physician/nurse practitioner offices. School officials and health care professionals encourage all parents with a child entering the 9th grade for the 2013-2014 school year to call and schedule their child for a wellness exam with his or her personal physician as soon as possible. All completed physical forms should be turned in at the school before the end of this school year in order for the students to begin practices as scheduled.
“We feel that the past several years’ physical screening events have been very successful for students, parents, and schools and we will continue with the same process this year,” stated Dr. Brad Scott.
All students who plan to participate in an MHSAA sanctioned activity will soon be receiving a copy of a personal medical history form that MUST be completed, signed, and returned to the child’s school prior to May 2nd. Each school will determine when these forms are due. If a child does not have his or her form completed and signed by a parent, he/she will not be eligible to participate in the health-screening event.
School administrators appreciate the continued community support for extracurricular activities in the schools. “Students who participate in these activities generally perform better in the classroom, have fewer discipline issues, and are less likely to drop out of school,” according to Jackie Ford, Superintendent of New Albany Schools.
“Our schools are fortunate to be a part of a community where physicians, healthcare professionals, and so many others are willing to donate their time so that our students are eligible to participate in extracurricular activities” said Tammie Reeder, Health Services Coordinator for New Albany Schools.
Any parent with questions about this year’s pre-participation screening should contact the child’s school.
MISSISSIPPI STATE, Miss— Schools in the New Albany School District (NASD) have been recognized at the recent statewide conference of the Program of Research and Evaluation of Public Schools (PREPS) for being named as a Value Added School. Over 1,000 Mississippi schools’ assessment results were recorded on the Mississippi Statewide Accountability System for 2011-2012. The PREPS value-added analysis resulted in 479 schools (364 for assessment results and 115 for QDI) statewide designated as value-added schools. Of these schools, 391 are members of PREPS, and these 391 are the 2012* PREPS Value Added Award recipients.
The awards were presented during the 2013 PREPS/MAPE Conference, February 20-21, 2013, at the Hilton Hotel in Jackson, MS. Over 500 educators and business leaders were present at the Value Added and Special Awards Ceremony.
The following schools in NASD were recognized for
*New Albany Elementary School: MCT2 Language Arts, MCT2 Mathematics, and Quality of Distribution Index
*New Albany Middle School: SATP2 Algebra I:
*New Albany High School: Quality of Distribution Index
PREPS Value Added analysis began in June 1997. PREPS Value Added analysis allows for comparisons of educational performance among Mississippi Schools, taking into account (or holding constant) the impact of differences in the socioeconomic background of the students considered in the research. The model is used in the PREPS Value Added Awards Program to identify high performing schools among Mississippi districts. Schools which are adding value are those which are considered to be performing significantly better than other schools with comparable socioeconomic circumstances. The Value Added analysis produces a band of predicted score performance and recognizes those schools which are performing above the predicted band. Using MCT2 and SATP2 school level scale score average for 2011-2012 assessments or the numerical QDI score (for new QDI awards) reported by the Mississippi Department of Education under the Mississippi Assessment and Accountability Reporting System (MAARS) and the school socioeconomic indicator (percent of students on free or reduced lunch), PREPS has performed Value Added analysis at the elementary through high school levels.
PREPS is a private non-profit consortium of school districts whose purpose is to develop and implement educational products and services that help manage and support districts' efforts to demonstrate improvement in their instructional programs. PREPS is supported by the College of Education at Mississippi State University and is housed in the Center for Educational Partnerships, the service division of the college. Collaboration among member districts enables each district to benefit from the development of products and services that no single district is capable of developing alone.
*2012 denotes the assessment/accountability data analysis is based upon.
What began as a unit of study centered on diversity last fall for Tracy Vainisi and her sixth grade EXCEL students, a wonderful partnership has formed. The partnership is between Vainisi’s students and the students in Mrs. Nancy Hudson’s life skills class at New Albany Middle School (NAMS).
Back in the fall, Vainisi and her students brainstormed the many populations that make up NAMS. After identifying the populations, the students determined which population might offer a mutually beneficial relationship. The gifted students decided on the Hudson’s students.
“We could help them socially and academically and in turn they could help us to gain an understanding of the special needs population in our school which would translate out into the community, in high school, in college, and in their future careers,” said Vainisi.
“I enjoy helping them with different activities and playing games with the students in Mrs. Hudson’s class,” said sixth grade gifted student Tucker Owens. “I like seeing their smiles while we work with them.”
“The students from Mrs. Vainisi’s class have been great with my students,” said Hudson. They have been leaders and great role models.” Hudson added that her students have really enjoyed spending time with students from the EXCEL class and it has given her students a sense of belonging.
Since the partnership formed, the sixth grade students have worked with students in Hudson’s class one time per week. The students have planted flowers in the NAMS garden. They have worked together on hands-on activities and arts and crafts. In addition, Vainisi’s students have created and played games designed to help them with both academic and life skills.
Currently the students are working together on a theater production of Aesop’s Fables Deluxe. The gifted students will assist with the set design as well as be on stage to perform with students from Hudson’s class.
New Albany Middle School hosted a media blitz on January 31 to promote Roadways Into Developing Elementary Students (RIDES), which is a math and science based curriculum that meets the state’s core standards and introduces children to areas of transportation. RIDES Media Blitzes provide an opportunity for schools to showcase how their RIDES teachers are implementing the program in the classroom and to show how students are interacting with the hands-on activities.
Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) representatives and local media came to New Albany Middle School and witnessed first-hand the excitement students have while participating in the program.
Travis Wampler, District One LPA Coordinator, addressed students and told them the program was about making sure Mississippi’s students have a wide range of educational and career opportunities, particularly related to math and science. “This program really makes learning fun and encourages our youth to seek out transportation related careers in the future,” said Wampler. “I would like to thank all the teachers who currently participate in the program and I would also like to encourage all math and science teachers in the state of Mississippi to jump on board.”
RIDES was developed in Mississippi by MDOT, who is now partnered with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) to take the program nationwide. “Not only are other states asking for it but other countries are asking for it now,” said Linda Clifton, AASHTO/MDOT RIDES Implementation Coordinator. “We are excited about a program that was born in Mississippi traveling to other countries as well as other states.” The media blitzes held across the state will continue to increase awareness about the program with the hopes to see more teachers and students using RIDES in their classrooms.