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Fourteen to retire, resign from Troy City Schools

The Troy City Schools Board of Education approved the retirement or resignation of 14 different faculty and staff members in a meeting Monday.

Among the personnel that will be retiring are second grade teacher Cindy Haisten, fourth grade teacher Debbie Hogan, Charles Henderson High School Agri-science teacher Mike Hogan, Latin Teacher Ephy Howard, Troy Pike Center for Technology JAG teacher Betty McGilvray and 40-year Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent Jimmy Mathews.

Superintendent Linda Felton-Smith said the replacement of the 14 positions was contingent on state funding allocations.

“We will look at the funding source for each position,” she said. “Depending on what the budget looks like we will begin to advertise (to fill those positions).”

And Felton-Smith said she wouldn’t be wasting any time finding out what that budget might consist of.

“I will be in Montgomery tomorrow working with legislators to see if they’re working on a budget.”

Troy Elementary School Principal Geoffrey Spann and Charles Henderson Middle School Principal Chresal Threadgill were also present to inform the board on recent parent teacher conferences and report card distribution statistics.

Both administrators reported a high percentage of report cards picked up by parents and a positive showing at their respective schools conferences.

“A lot of our teachers are pretty persistent, and I think insistent, that those conferences take place,” Spann said, adding that one teacher even conducted a home visit to have a conference.

In the Academic Report, several seventh graders that took part in the South Alabama Model United Nations Program attended the board meeting in dress of the countries they represented for the mock summit.

CHMS History teacher Paul Gilbert said he was proud of all the students, many of whom were honored with such awards as Best Delegates of All Countries, Best Asian Costume, Second Best African Costume and Best Written Resolution.

“Overall it was a very good year,” Gilbert said.

Felton-Smith congratulated the students and affirmed the boards’ backing of the program.

“I think it’s wonderful,” she said. “It’s one of those things that we will continue to support.”

The students at the board meeting represented the over 30 students who took part in the program.