Staffing issues were the big topics at Como–Pickton’s last school board meeting — board approval of a new position for a school resource officer and renewal of administrative contracts with a 2 percent increase in particular. A change in the tax office also was approved.
The school board, after careful review, gave approval for the new position of school resource officer. The superintendent will be contacting the appropriate state agency to obtain the necessary paperwork to apply for a police licensing number for the school. The position will soon be posted so certified law enforcement officers can begin applying for the post. The officer would be in addition to existing game staffing. The officer would work with campus administrators and staff during the day when children are present to make the district as safe a learning environment as possible. District administrators are still working out salary details for the position.
School trustees during Thursday’s regular February board meeting considered and renewed contracts for two years with a 2 percent raise, the first pay increase since the district implement a salary freeze a few years back due to state and federal funding cuts which significantly impacted district finances. Those given two-year contract extensions included Athletic Director Conley Bland, Assistant Superintendent Lydia Walden and Principals Randy Stuard and Dustin Carr.
The board also accepted resignations and notice of retirement from Kay Chance and Carolyn Darby.
Also given approval was an interlocal agreement with Hopkins County which would transfer responsibility of the tax office to the county. Dr. Kay Handlin, CPCISD superintendent, noted that tax collector and PEIMS coordinator Brenda Mowat will be retiring this year, making this a good time to make the transition of those services to the county. The transition, if approved by the county, would take place June 1.
The board also called for the May 11 trustee election, provided more candidates file than there are spaces to fill, and received an update from Handlin on the school safety audit.
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