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By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
The December meeting of the Board of Education primarily concerned action with personnel matters and some other general business.
With the minutes approved at last Thursday’s board meeting, the December meeting saw a withdrawal of employment, one resignation and a handful of recommendations. All Board members were present for the meeting, and all agenda items were unanimously approved.
Superintendent of Education David Stover Jr. recommended approval of a withdrawal of an offer of employment of November 16 for Josie Wright as a bus driver for the 2023-2024 school year, which the board unanimously approved.
Regarding the resignation, the board approved accepting a letter of resignation effective December 31 for Larry A. Moncrief, special education paraprofessional and van driver.
Approved recommendations included James McLain as a bus driver for the 2023-2024 school year, pending completion of requirements; Brent McVey as a 4-hour shuttle bus driver/4-hour custodian for the 2023-2024 school year, pending completion of requirements; Cathy Calloway as a 4-hour lunchroom worker for the 2023-2024 school year, effective January 8; Susan A. Young as a substitute teacher/aide and Sherry Jensen as a substitute bus aide, pending completion of requirements; and Terry Brown as a volunteer coach for the 2023-2024 school year, with Brown not being paid by the board.
In other business, Stover recommended approval of a contract with Pat Edmondson, psychometrist, at $150 per test plus mileage at 65 cents per mile for evaluations and re-evaluations of referred students within the school system as assigned by the Special Education Department for January 1 until December 31, 2024. The testing contract was unanimously approved.
The board also approved a band field trip to Panama City Beach, Florida, for the Panama City Beach Music Festival April 26-28. The field trip sponsor is band director Darryl Ingram, and band fundraisers and student funds will be used to fund the trip.
Following last Thursday afternoon’s meeting, the next regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Board of Education will be held at 4 p.m. February 22.