Oktibbeha County School District officials set a minimum price they want for hunting and fishing leases on the school’s 16th Section land in a meeting where they also heard reports on student issues.
All board members were present for Monday night’s meeting held at West Oktibbeha County High School in Maben. The board also heard state of the school reports from each of the school principals and heads of the district’s departments.
At last month’s board meeting, the school board rejected a $6 an acre hunting and fishing lease because it was less than another one they accepted that night. Their district land manager sent the issue back to the board, suggesting they set a minimum to guide his lease negotiations.
Board president Curtis Snell announced what he said the board should do, and with little discussion, they did what he said. Superintendent James Covington said different lease rates were charged in the past based on the quality of hunting or fishing available on the piece of land in question.
The board chose not set a minimum lease price rather than take land quality into consideration when beginning negotiations. On Herman Bush’s motion and Charles Avant’s second, the board voted unanimously to charge a minimum of $12 an acre for hunting and fishing leases on 16th Section land.
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