Rector School Board Talks Calendar, Renews Contracts at Meeting

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Consideration of the 2017-18 school calendar topped the agenda at Monday’s monthly meeting of the Rector School Board. Calendar approval, salary schedules and contract renewals, along with board approval of both a procurement plan and a code of conduct for staff handling federal funds for purchases rounded out the business.

As is school system procedure, the personnel policy committee recently brought three calendar proposals to the Rector teachers for their study and consideration. The teachers selected Option One and that calendar was presented by the superintendent Johnny Fowler to the school board. It was approved unanimously.

Salary schedules for both certified and classified personnel were presented to the board for their approval as were the 2017-18 certified and classified personnel employment contracts. Building principals Wade Williams and Nate Henderson recommended the renewal of the contracts for their teachers and classified staffs. The superintendent placed their recommendations before the board and the board approved the contracts. In other personnel matters, the board accepted the resignation of Katrina Fry, special education aide, effective immediately.

Williams and Henderson reported the winding down of the school year that includes a hefty testing schedule. With just six weeks remaining in the school year, Henderson noted the scheduling of field day, field trips, and announced that May 2 is scheduled for the annual athletic banquet. Williams noted that prom will be held Friday, April 21.

Building principals reported an increase in student population -- six students in the elementary school and four in the high school. Fowler said current enrollment totals 586 students.

Fowler reporting an operating fund balance on March 31 of $1,919,528.83. Total funds reported at the end of March totaled $2,385,670.22. Fowler expressed his pleasure with the increase in enrollment, adding that, because of the projected special education population, an additional teaching position was funded. After executive session to review multiple applications, the board returned to regular business and hired Lindsay Jetton to fill the new position for school year 2017-18.

A board hearing on the expulsion of the students apprehended by Rector Police for breaking and entering, theft and vandalism inside the Rector High School building was conducted with the result being that the charged students were expelled from Rector High School for the remainder of the school year.

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