Good News You Can Use PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID PELAHATCHIE, MS PERMIT NO. 4 Pelahatchie News P.O. Box 771 Pelahatchie, MS 39145 INSIDE THIS ISSUE Merry Christmas special section - pg. 8-9 Pelahatchie pageant held in November - pg. 10 December 2018 Volume 7 Issue 12 Pelahatchie, MS A Caring & Friendly Atmosphere Treating Children, Adults, and Seniors Cleanings • Fillings Extractions • Whitening Dentures • Crowns Root Canals • Implants and More RCSD approves cutting-edge school safety initiative On Wednesday, October 24, the Rankin County School District (RCSD) voted to approve a cutting-edge school safety initiative. The RCSD Superintendent, Dr. Sue Townsend, and Board of Trustees committed to placing a law enforce- ment officer on all 28 campuses in the 2018/2019 budget. Their primary fo- cus is keeping the students and facul- ty safe. For years, the Rankin County Sheriff, Bryan Bailey, Brandon Police Department, and Flowood Police De- partment have provided law enforce- ment officers at many of the high schools and middle schools. The initiative was to have an inter-lo- cal agreement between the Sheriff’s Of- fice, Richland Police Department and Florence Police Department to place Law Enforcement Offi- cers (LEO) on campuses that did not previously have LEOs. While many of these offi- cers will begin their positions immediately, many are in the process of being hired and re- ceiving their certification at the Mississippi Law Enforce- ment Officer Training Acade- my. According to Townsend, "Rankin County is fortunate to have law enforcement agen- cies, a Board of Supervisors, and Boards of Aldermen who support their schools and see the importance of providing a safe and secure learning envi- ronment." Special to Pelahatchie News Special to Pelahatchie News ERA team crowned Old Capital Bowl Champions Special to Pelahatchie News Rankin County School District (RCSD) is focusing on keeping the students and faculty safe. A cutting-edge school safety initiative has been approved to move forward on their safety plans. At the November 14 board meeting, the Rankin County School District (RCSD) pre- sented the October 2018 awards, which included two Pelahatchie High School (PHS) administra- tive staff. Dr. Teague Burchfield, principal of PHS, was named Secondary Administrator of the Month, and Brandi Johns, PHS counselor, received the Second- ary Certified Employee of the Month award. The School District recognized Dr. Burchfield for having "devel- oped a relationship with students and teachers that motivates them to perform well. He constantly pushes students and teachers to reach their full potential. Dr. Burchfield's competitive nature has lit a fire under even the most apathetic student. They see that he be- lieves in them, and they want to grow to meet the goals he has set for our school!" Burchfield and Johns receive RCSD awards Special to Pelahatchie News continued on page 2 Special to Pelahatchie News Counselor Brandi Johns and Principal Dr. Teague Burch- field were recognized at the RCSD Board Meeting in No- vember. East Rankin Academy (ERA) students participated in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Annual Chess Tournament held on November 1. Jett Stuart (left) placed second in the individ- ual competition, and Peyton Patrick (right) was named Junior Varsity Champion.