C-P expected to announce sup’t choice tonight

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Apr. 10, 2007 - Como-Pickton Consolidated Independent School District trustees are expected tonight to announce their choice to fill the superintendent's post permanently at the school.

Tonight during the regular April board meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. in the high school library, the board is slated to "deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline or dismissal of a public officer or employee" and to consult with an attorney during executive session. Following that closed session, the board will reconvene to vote on or announce any action regarding those items as well as "consider naming finalist(s) for the superintendent position."

Sandra Billodeau was named to serve as acting superintendent earlier this year after Bryan Neal resigned following an investigation into allegations of misuse of district funds. Following his arrest on two charges of fraud and one forgery charge, Neal tendered his resignation.

Last month, the board generally approved the recommendations to rehire all personnel as presented without discussion, with a few exceptions.

Two people were approved on 5-2 votes, with Brad Carr and Gerald Walters voting against her rehire as a teacher. Wendy Neal's resignation was accepted, effective at the end of the school year.

The board unanimously approved extending Lydia Walden's contract to two years. Lydia Walden was appointed last year by Neal to serve as special education and cafeteria director.

Jeanne Lay's contract was also extended on a 5-2 vote, with Carr and Walters casting the dissenting votes.

Among the teachers approved for contract renewal next year were Jodi Gardner, who has been assisting in an aide position after being reassigned four times in November. She will now serve as a teacher.

Jackie Russell was also rehired as a teacher. She was appointed by former superintendent Neal to serve as assistant principal.

Jeremy Wofford, who was appointed before the Christmas break and hired afterwards, will continue as a band teacher.

Trish Sellers was listed as special education director/diagnostician, according to the board minutes from the March 22 board meeting.

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