June 15, 2010 11:48:00 AM
The Columbus Municipal School District accepted 117 holiday-appropriate gifts from the Bernard Romans Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution Monday.
The CMSD''s monthly board meeting just happened to fall on Flag Day, which made it the perfect time to accept 117 American flags from the local DAR for every class at Columbus High School and McKellar Technology technical school.
"We couldn''t have matched Flag Day to the school board day if we tried," said Superintendent Del Phillips noting the coincidence. "But it''s better to be lucky than good, I guess."
About 10 members of the DAR were on hand to present the flags and mounting kits to the board. Phillips told them CHS Principal Craig Shannon led the students and staff in the Pledge of Allegiance each morning.
"You would think that happens in every school, but it doesn''t," he said.
Phillips said the flags would solve the slightly awkward problem of pledging allegiance to a flag that wasn''t in the room.
Kay Box spoke on behalf of the DAR.
"Now when the students at CHS stand to say the pledge, they can look at Old Glory and be proud," she said.
Phillips also announced the state auditor''s office had recognized CMSD for showing "no material findings or weaknesses" for its audit ending in June 2009.
A public hearing for the 2010-2011 budget is set for June 29 at 5 p.m. at the Brandon Central Services building.
In other business, the board:
1. Parents' complaints lead to investigation of CMSD special education department COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
2. 22-year sentence for man with multiple counts of child molestation COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
3. Students leaving CMSD at alarming rate COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
5. Second murder trial ends in hung jury COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY