Tuesday night, Alderman Franklin Seals and Mayor Jerry Flowers informed the board of their findings after attending a Small Municipalities course on the appointment of school board members. According to Flowers, the speaker, Dr. Michael Waldrop with the Mississippi School Board Association, complimented Winona School Board as one of the best in the state.
"He said that whatever we were doing to continue doing it," Flowers told the board.
Alderman Mickey Austin said he would like to institute a short application and would like the Board of Aldermen to have the opportunity to speak with candidates before the appointments.
"If I don't know either of the two nominees, I would like to find out more about them before making a decision," Austin said.
The board tabled the subject until the next board meeting to allow aldermen to read through materials gathered by Flowers and Seals at the Small Municipalities course.
In other city business:
• Chief of Police Johnny Hargrove agreed to increase patrol on the north end of Fairground Street after resident Lauren Britt brought to his attention the growing problem of motorists exceeding the posted speed limit. She said there are a large number of children living on the street, and she fears a child might get hurt if the problem persists.
• Fire Chief James "Smitty" Smith informed the board he would present an applicant for the open fulltime position at the Winona Fire Department. Smith's first recommendation was not approved by the board due to the city's personnel policy forbidding family members from supervising other family members.
• The board approved the hiring of Kalvin Lee of Kilmichael as a patrolman with the City of Winona. Hargrove said Lee is currently uncertified, but will be required to go to the state police academy for certification.
Hargrove said his department has two additional open positions and 11 applicants so far.
• Flowers thanked the employees of the city's street and fire departments for putting up the Christmas decorations throughout the town.