County schools adjust graduation requirements

County schools adjust graduation requirements

Tuesday, November 7, 2000 12:00 am

Graduation requirements for Lincoln County Schools were officially changed Monday to reflect a September decision by the State Board of Education.

The changes concerning academic tests will start with students who began the ninth grade last year, Lincoln County School District Assistant Superintendent Dr. Leanne Summers told school board members Monday.

Those students, who anticipate graduating in 2003, will be required to pass all three sections of the Functional Literacy Examination (FLE), plus a subject area test in U.S. History, said Summers.

“They must pass all in order to graduate,” she added.

The FLE has been a graduation requirement for some time, but state education officials are trying to phase out the test by replacing it with subject area tests, explained Summers.

Students who began the ninth grade this year must pass the mathematics section of the FLE, plus subject area tests in U.S. History and English II.

Each year a different subject area test will be added to graduation requirements until all four subject area tests are included.

School officials will send notices to parents and students this semester to further explain the new graduation requirements.

Other school district changes approved during last night’s board meeting included an updated handbook for Eva Harris Alternative School.

“We’ve had some problems with communication and how things should be done, so we’re trying to address those,” said Summers.

Some of the problems district officials hope to mend are confusion on what type of work students should participate in while attending Eva Harris, and who should assign the work.

“This should clear some of those things up,” Summers told school board members as she presented them with the updated handbook.

Other problems district officials plan on fixing soon are leaky roofs at Bogue Chitto and Loyd Star Attendance Centers.

Although the roofs have been leaking for quite some time, the school district had to wait until an application for Mississippi Public School Building Funds was approved.

“They’ve approved our application, and at least 90 percent of it will be paid for by the state’s building fund, so we can now advertise for bids,” said Superintendent Perry Miller.

In other matters, school board members approved additional holidays for employees of the district’s central office after Miller made a request on their behalf.

“They want permission to take the same holidays as the schools take. . . but we’ll keep it open when we need to,” Miller told school board members.

After a short discussion on the matter, board secretary Brenda Warren made a motion to allow central office employees the week of Thanksgiving off, but only one week off during Christmas.

School board members agreed with this motion, adding that employees should be prepared, though, at any time to come to work if needed.

The next school board meeting has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Dec. 4, rather than Nov. 20.

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Wesley Johnson

Wesley Johnson

Funeral services for Wesley Johnson, of Pensacola, Fla., formerly of the Loyd Star community, are 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, at Ebenezer A.M.E. Church in Brookhaven, with burial in the church cemetery. Williams Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Friday from 1 until 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mr. Johnson, 67, died March 30, 2011, in Pensacola. He was born in Lincoln County on Oct. 20, 1943, to Sylvester and Mary Eliza Johnson. He was the eleventh of fourteen children. He confessed Christ early in life and united with Ebenezer A.M.E. Church. He was active in the church. Before his passing, he rededicated his life to the Lord. He attended Progress School through the ninth grade. He later transferred to Eva Harris High School in Brookhaven where he played basketball and was involved in many extracurricular activities. He graduated in 1963.

He served in the U.S. Air Force and was first stationed at Kadena Air Force Base in Japan. He earned many commendations, including: Air Force Commendation Medal W/2 Devices, Air Force Conduct Medal W/6 Devices, Military Education Ribbon with Device, Presidential Unit Citation and Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. He served 21 years and nine months of active duty. He retired from the Air Force July 31, 1985. He continued his career as a civilian employee.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his brothers, Lucien Johnson, Luther Johnson, Maxie Johnson, John Johnson and David Johnson; his sisters, Inez Norwood, Bernice Johnson, and her husband, Luther; his brother-in-law, Earnest Bacon; and his mother-in-law, Eva Lee Tillman.

Survivors are his wife of 28 years, Sadie Tillman-Johnson; his daughter, Sharon Denise Jefferson-Wood and her husband, Del, of Palm Beach, Fla.; his son, Anthony Eli Johnson and his wife, Lavonya, of Pace, Fla.; his granddaughter, Sherell Wood; his grandsons, Anthony Ezekial Johnson, Courtney Danielle House, Decarlos Wood and Derrick Wood; his sisters, Bertha Nelson of Champaign, Ill., Addie Bacon of Westmont, Ill., Minister Clara Johnson, Annie B. Goss and her husband, The Rev. Albert, of Jackson; and his brother, Robert Johnson and his wife, Diane, of San Jose, Calif.

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Bernita Lyons Robinson

Bernita Lyons Robinson

Services for Bernita Lyons Robinson, of Los Angeles, Calif., were held on Friday, April 20, at True Vine Miracle Temple in Lawndale, Calif., with burial in Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood, Calif. Solomon Mortuary in Los Angeles was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Robinson, 64, died April 7, 2007, in Los Angeles. She was born on March 31, 1943, to Jim Lyons Sr. and Lee Ester Lyons.

She was a 1962 graduate of Eva Harris High School in Brookhaven. She was retired after 30 years of service with the Zuma Manufacturing Co. She was a member of the True Vine Miracle Temple.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Charles Edward Robinson; her sisters, Doris Clotel Dillon, Pauline Richardson, Margaret Blackwell, Lee Ester Turner and Margie Logan; and her brother, Alvin Lyons Sr.

Survivors are her son, Edward Charles Robinson, of Los Angeles; her daughter, Robin Gale Robinson, of Los Angeles; her sisters, Lou E. Bates, of Brookhaven, Mary McMorris, of Bogue Chitto, and Maxine McGee and Audrey Jones, both of Chicago, Ill.; her brother, Jim Lyons Jr., of Elk Grove, Calif.; and her five grandchildren.

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Patricia Ann Franklin Washington

Patricia Ann Franklin Washington

Services for Patricia Ann Franklin Washington, of New Orleans, La., formerly of Brookhaven, are 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at Rose Hill M.B. Church with burial in the church cemetery. Williams Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Monday from 10 until 11 a.m. at the church.

Mrs. Washington, 60, died Oct. 3, 2007, at her residence. She was born on April 21, 1947, to Luther Franklin Sr. and Ora Lee Franklin.

She was a 1966 graduate of Eva H. Harris School, a homemaker and a member of Rose Hill M.B. Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Lionel Washington; and her brothers, Luther Franklin Jr., Charles Franklin and Tommie Franklin.

Survivors include her sisters, Ada Rutledge, of Brookhaven, Maxine Banks, of New Orleans, Margie Gurley, of Houston, Texas, and Mary Knox, of Brookhaven; and her brother, William “Larry” Franklin, of Brookhaven.

The family sends its thanks to Divine Care Hospice and Hospice Ministries, of Brookhaven.

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Sandra Calcote

Friday, August 17, 2007 12:00 am

A Brookhaven native died Sunday in a house fire at her Birmingham, Ala., residence, family members said.

The cause of the fire that killed Brookhaven native Sandra Calcote, 60, is still undetermined, said her daughter Kara Bondly, a Birmingham doctor.

“They haven’t really told us anything at all,” Bondly said.

It is believed that the fire started in the kitchen, she said. Calcote was alone in the home.

Calcote had been in Birmingham about six months, Bondly said. She moved to the city to be closer to her daughter, but traveled frequently between Birmingham and Brookhaven.

Calcote retired about 10 years ago from the Lincoln County School District as the child nutrition director, Bondly said. She was also a teacher at Eva Harris School for a number of years.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Nola Baptist Church in Sontag, Bondly said.

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Alton “Pete” Nelson Jr

Alton “Pete” Nelson Jr

Services for Alton “Pete” Nelson Jr., of Bogue Chitto, are 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at New Zion Union M.B. Church in Bogue Chitto with burial in the Bogue Chitto Cemetery.

Visitation is Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. at Williams Mortuary.

Mr. Nelson, 58, died Dec. 2, 2005, at his residence. He was born on Aug. 6, 1947, to Alton Nelson Sr. and Mynell Holmes.

He was a temporary worker at Specialty Mineral Co. in Brookhaven. He was a 1965 graduate of Eva H. Harris High School. He was a member of New Zion Union M.B. Church.

Preceding him in death were his father; his son, Victor Nelson; his sister, Jena Kaye Bullock; and a brother, Robert Dorsey.

Survivors are his mother, Mynell Holmes, of Bogue Chitto; his wife, Ruby Lee Nelson, of Brookhaven; his daughter, Remelda Dalton, of McComb; his son, Alton Nelson III, of Brookhaven; his sisters, Sally Godbolt, Deborah Turner and her husband, Benton, and Lorrain Lewis and her husband, Rufus, all of Bogue Chitto; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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Lena Rodriguez

Lena Rodriguez (Lena Pearl Milton)

Graveside services for Lena Rodriguez of Bogue Chitto are 2 p.m., Saturday, March 27, in Mt. Zion Church Cemetery.

Visitation is Friday from 2-7 p.m., with family hour from 6-7 p.m., at Williams Mortuary.

Mrs. Rodriguez, 61, died March 25, 2004, at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. She was born in Bogue Chitto on April 29, 1942, to George Milton and Etheline Milton.

She was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church. She was a 1962 graduate of Eva Harris High School.

Preceding her in death were her father; a sister, Loretha Terrell; and her brother, Earnest Milton.

Survivors are her mother, Etheline Milton of Bogue Chitto; her husband, John Rodriguez of Fontana, Calif.; her daughter, Philena Humphrey-Rodriguez of Birmingham, Ala.; her stepsons, Sal Rodriguez of Jackson Hole, Wyo., and Jon Rodriguez of Munford, Tenn.; her sisters, Dolline Jackson and Glean Wells, both of Bogue Chitto, Linda Kay Milton of Brookhaven, and Lucille Underwood of Upper Marlboro, Md.; and two grandchildren.

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