Personnel and leadership absorbed a large portion of Monday night’s Sulphur Springs school trustees meeting.
Leesa Toliver began her first term on the school board after the ceremony Monday night. Kerry Wright began his second full term on the board. He was appointed in 2009 to finish out the remaining months of Carolyn Thomas’ term on the board when she resigned. Wright then filed in 2010 for election to a full term on the board and has been doing so ever since.
John Prickette began his first full term on the school board Monday. He was appointed in 2012 to finish out the remaining 15 months of former board member Foy Williams’ term on the board when Williams resigned for health reasons.
The school board then voted Wright as president, Don Sapaugh vice president and Tammy Cooper secretary.
At their April meeting, the school board presented outgoing board member Clay Johnson with a plaque of appreciation for his dedication to education as a member of the board of trustees from 2007-2013, including serving as secretary during the 2007-2008 school year, vice president 2008-2009 and president 2009-2010. He also attained the status of master trustee. Johnson opted not to seek another term on the board.
“I’ve enjoyed it. We have seen a lot of change in this district. We may not have always done right, but we’ve done what we think best. The kids are first and foremost,” said Johnson. “I feel I’m leaving the district in good hands, with Mr. Lamb at the helm. And Leesa Toliver is my friend — I think she’ll do a great job for the district. The district is in good hands. I love this community.”
The board also Monday night approved five resignations, hired nine new personnel and approved five staff changes.
Accepted resignations included high school chemistry teacher Amy McGallion, Early Childhood Learning Center Head Start education specialist/staff development and mentor personnel Frances Klein, Douglas Intermediate School fifth grade teacher Hayley Glenn, Douglas counselor Sandra McAndrew and Sulphur Springs Elementary fourth grade teacher Lynlee McNair.
The board gave approval to the hiring of the following personnel: Belinda Brown, family and consumer science teacher, and Mynder Kelly, ISS, both at high school; Sherry Mabe, secretary and Taggart Williams, math and science teacher, Austin Academic Center; Stephanie Garner, special education teacher, and Marsha Nolen, math teacher, middle school; Megan Akins, fifth grade teacher, Douglas; Pamela Ash, counselor, Douglas Intermediate and Bowie Primary; and Rachel Pool, first grade teacher, Lamar Primary.
Staff reassignments affect several campuses. Lane Doughtie is being reassigned from special education aide to math teacher at middle school. April Offutt also will be switching positions from special education aide at middle school to food services secretary at the Administration Building. Rachel Draper, alternative education teacher, is being transferred to academic specialist at middle school. Zina Young will go from special eduction aide to receptionist at middle school. Cheryl Blount will go from teaching transitional first grade at ECLC to serving as counselor at ECLC, Travis Primary and Lamar Primary.
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