Personnel Matters Dominate Rector Board Meeting

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Personnel matters dominated the agenda at Monday's monthly meeting of the Rector School Board.

Superintendent Johnny Fowler presented a letter of resignation from elementary aide Katie Matheney. He also said elementary aide Rachel Branson left the employment of the district earlier last month.

Custodial supervisor Jo-Keaha Midkiff and custodial employee Dawn Stokes tendered their resignations. Certified employees Barbara Robertson, Sue Rowton and Constance Johnston submitted their retirement notices. Each resignation and retirement was accepted by the board.

The board adjourned to executive session to examine the applications for the high school and elementary open positions. Upon reconvening, the board heard the superintendent recommend the following applicants for employment: Chelsea Austin for the high school English position, and Jacob Nolen and Tara Hester for the two elementary positions. Fowler also recommended Dawn Stokes for the position of custodial supervisor. The board unanimously approved each employment recommendation for the 2017-2018 school year.

Fowler called for the principals' recommendations for continued employment of the current certified personnel. Both high school principal Wade Williams and elementary principal Nate Henderson recommended their staffs for employment 2017-2018 school year. The superintendent accepted their recommendations and the board concurred.

In other board business, board president Jody Simmons, Tony Lockhart, Kirk Ford, Kim Isom and Mike Trail approved the minutes of the February meeting and heard the superintendent's financial report. Fowler presented the district's detailed statement, showing $1,947,786.24 balance in the district's operating fund. He said the district's total assets are $2,404,941.39.

In further business, the board heard Williams' specific commendations of the Rector FFA chapter and teacher Michael Hollis for the excellent fish supper and auction which raised over $12,000 for the program. Principal Williams said Hollis has made a positive impact on the FFA program, adding "Hollis was an excellent hire. He brings accountability to the program and provides structure and insists on safety throughout the building."

Williams and others commented on the Rector Cougar Marching Band and the recently awarded superior ratings. The board acknowledged the increase in students participating in the band and said they were proud of the progress made.

Isom and Simmons mentioned the great sound of the band. "The concert was too short," Isom said. "I really enjoyed hearing them play."

Cheerleading tryouts continue, headed by Brittany Clark. Spring break will be March 20-24. Upon return to campus, school-wide testing preparation through the ACT-Aspire program will begin.

Henderson said all is well in the elementary building with teachers and students looking forward to spring break. Upon their return to class, preparation for testing will begin. He commented on the current snowy weather and was happy to report that no snow days had been used. Therefore, school will dismiss on Friday, March 17, as an extra day to spring break, using a built-in snow day as an extra holiday.

In other business, the board approved the renewal of the school insurance policy at no rate increase and identical services maintained.

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