Monday 9-29-14 Regular Board Meeting

All Board members were present for this meeting.  Meeting started with Duplicate License Request….   For some reason Board Attorney Jeff Jernigan was having a problem with me using my camcorder to record  the Board discussing individuals requesting a Duplicate Licenses.  THANKFULLY Executive Director, Cynthia Johnson, stepped in and stating instead of calling out an individuals name they could just use a number….   The Board approved 13 of the 14 request.

I was on the agenda today with several questions for the Board….

1. Why are the prior Board Meeting Minutes not posted on the Board’s Web Site… Response… The minutes have not been signed by the Board members.  They were signed during this Board meeting….  But as of today 10-14-2014 they are not posted on the Boards website…    

2.  Executive Director not returning phone calls….. Response…  Cynthia Johnson stated that  the fastest way to receive a response from her was to e-mail questions to her.  Her e-mail address is I will say that I have already e-mailed her twice and she responded to me in less that 24 hours both times….      

3. Graduates are having to wait too long to receive their licenses…. Response…. The Board office has hired someone to take over the printing of the licenses.  The Board office is also separating licenses into RENEWAL and NEW with NEW LICENSES getting priority over renewal.     

4.  When is Enrollment Information Checked….. Response….. The Board office does not check enrollment information until the student has made application for examination!!!!  However Executive Director, Cynthia Johnson, stated that if you needed to have something verified prior to the student making application for examination or actually starting classes, you may request for the Board office to do that verification on a case by case bases.   

5.  What are we doing about the Schools needing Post-Secondary identification on their school licenses…. Response…  Board Attorney Jeff Jernigan has proposed to the Board to add a Rule which will be Rule 2.15 Post-Secondary School of Cosmetology – Eligibility.  Basically he has told the Board what I have been saying for over a year.  So yes, the Board is adding to the Rules and Regulation a section which would allow for schools to be identified as a Secondary or Post-Secondary Institution…  FINALLY!!!!!    

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6. This is the MOST IMPORTANT question…  What is going on with our TESTING??….  Once again I was told we can not discuss it…..   I told the Board what they were doing was not fair…  If they wanted to change testing companies FINE…  However, the schools should have been given at least a 6 month window in order to prepare our students for their practical examination with this new company….  We all know that some Board Members want those dang Pin Curls and Finger waves back on the Practical Test…  We are going to be lucky to even get a 30 day notice on the new testing company and the changes we need to start teaching our students NOW!!!!

The Board went ahead and scheduled the oral proceeding on the new Rule 2.15 Post-Secondary School of Cosmetology – Eligibility for Monday October 27, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.

The Board had conversation about hosting a workshop where “FINALLY”  they would invite the schools to participate.  January 11, 2015 at  1:00 p.m. was put out there but I will keep you informed  to the final decision will be….


6 Comment(s)

  • by Karen Posted October 15, 2014 9:52 am

    Once again the board will do as they please about the test. If they change the test they should be up and ready to go the day they change the testing site . Not wait another 6 months.

    • by Melvin Calton Posted October 15, 2014 10:06 am

      They will be up and ready to test but my problem with all this is that we have been preparing our students one way and with the Board changing testing companies they have also changed the entire practical examination without giving the schools ample time to prepare our students….We needed this information 6 months ago not just dropped in our laps 30 days prior to the new testing company taking over!!!!! SHAME ON THEM!!!!!!

  • by Heidi Riley Posted October 15, 2014 12:18 pm

    Please explain to me why it is so important that “Post Secondary” be on their..? it has to be for more than just the distinction… is it grant money? Why exactly is this so important? I don’t have an issue that I know of, but WHY?

    • by Melvin Calton Posted October 16, 2014 8:41 am

      Thank you so much for taking not only the time to read my Blog but also for posting your comments. I always value and look forward to reading them. Since Mississippi allows individuals to attend classes in Cosmetology as long as they posses a minimum of a 10th grade education the U.S. Department of Eduction is now requiring that the Schools licenses that are issued by the State Board of Cosmetology designate the type of student which the school is enrolling. Secondary, means the school is training students who do not posses a High School Diploma or a GED and Post-Secondary, means the school is training students who have their HS Diploma or GED…. Yes, this has everything to do with Pell Grants and Direct Loans for our Students… We are not allowed to fund Secondary students but can fund Post-Secondary students.


  • by elysemoore Posted October 27, 2014 1:05 pm

    I love how informed you keep us!!!! Thanks!!

  • by Kristina Wansley Posted November 19, 2014 9:37 pm

    Thanks for all the info.

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