Pontotoc County sheriff’s deputies were called to ensure order at a Vanoss School board meeting Monday after several angry parents voiced their concerns.
Parents were angry over an incident where a five-year-old student fell from a Vanoss school bus in May, and school officials refused to call for emergency services for the boy who was injured.
The meeting was moved from its usual location to the library after the crowd grew to several dozen people. Tension boiled over after officials refused to allow public comment.
Vanoss Superintendent Janet Blocker, during a superintendent report, gave her reasoning for the refusal.
Blocker received a letter June 6 from more than a dozen parents asking to discuss several things including, but not limited to, emergency procedures on school buses and discussion of head injuries from qualified nurses who were in attendance.
“I followed board policy and I denied that request,” Blocker said. “I informed our board president of this denial and I shared my reasoning with (him). I would like to state those reasons to the rest of the board.”
One reason for the denial was the large number of items on Monday’s agenda.
“We have already heard public comment at our last meeting about the incident on (May 3), and board policy prohibits repetitive comments,” Blocker said. “We also have a policy that allows an item to be placed on the agenda for the board to discuss and that is the purpose of our board and those concerns presented to us in May are not on our agenda tonight. Further, board policy requires the board refer all complaints to school administration for study and possible action.”
Blocker said she would be willing to meet with any individual with any concern they might have during normal business hours.
After those in attendance learned their comments would not be heard, several whispered their anger to each other as the board continued discussing agenda items.