Rector School Board Holds Meeting

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Members of the Rector School Board met in regular and executive sessions on April 8, at the Administration Building. In addition to a variety of personnel matters, the board also approved the method by which the district would comply with the new state salary schedule for certified and classified personnel. The board chose the option to phase-in the state schedule for certified personnel. In turn, board members voted to keep the required minimum wage for classified personnel and continue the salary steps as they are now aligned.

The board also accepted four classified staff resignations, including one retirement from the cafeteria staff. Resignations included Jokeaha Midkiff from custodial supervisor and Cindy Horn from the custodial staff. Amanda Brannon resigned from her position as pre-school aide and Dana Street notified the Superintendent she would retire from the lunchroom staff at the end of the current school year. The board also approved renewing all classified personnel contracts with the exception of the two who tendered resignations.

At the conclusion of the executive session, Superintendent Johnny Fowler recommended the following hires – Robin Bell as custodial supervisor; Erica Dunson as custodian; Cindy Horn as cafeteria/lunchroom worker; and Jokeaha Midkiff as pre-school aide. The board unanimously approved the recommendations. In addition, the board recommended extending a full-time contract to Ben Mullen who has been on an interim contract for the band director position for the 2019 spring semester. The board unanimously approved offering a contract to serve as band teacher to Mullen for the 2019-20 school year.

Superintendent Fowler gave the report of the district’s financial status. The operating fund stands at $1,519,349.66. The building fund balance is $1,742,046.27. With the addition of federal funds and lunchroom accounts, the grand total fund balance is $3,205,246.31. Superintendent Fowler also noted that testing is being conducted throughout the campuses and that both Nathan Henderson and Anthony Dowdy, principals of the high school and elementary school, are heavily involved in that area along with the counselors and the teachers.

In answer to a question from the board regarding the date for graduation, Superintendent Fowler stated, “Some may remember that we once had graduation on Mother’s Day and the hardship that caused. Last year and this year, the graduation program will avoid that holiday. Graduation for the Class of 2019 will be Sunday, May 19, at 2 p.m. in the RHS gymnasium.”

More details regarding the end of year calendar will be forthcoming from the school principals and counselors along with updates through the school app and website.

School board member Tony Lockhart was not present for the meeting.

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