English hired for CHHS post

Published 11:00 pm Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Troy City Schools Board of Education filled one of two open principal positions on Thursday, hired Dr. Boyd English for Charles Henderson High School.

English was one of five finalists for the superintendent position, which has been offered to Lee Hicks, Prattville High principal.

“I had a lot of people tell me after the interviews that if we didn’t hire Dr. English for superintendent that we should hire him as high school principal,” said Roxie Kitchens, board president. “I’m excited about this.”

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English, who is from Elba, is the principal at Emmanuel Schools in Twin Cities, Ga. His contract becomes effective today.

The board did not take any action on hiring a principal for Charles Henderson Middle School. “We’re going to defer that decision until the new superintendent is in place,” said Jimmy Mathews, acting superintendent.

The board also handled several necessary personnel actions, including the termination of Delynn Bouldin’s contract at Charles Henderson Middle School so that he can move to the central office as special education coordinator and the acceptance of Dr. Kathy Murphy’s resignation as high school principal.

Other personnel actions include, at Troy Elementary School the hiring of Joy Felch, special education teacher; the transfers of Holley Davis from third grade to fifth grade teacher and Pam Edenfield from first grade to second grade; the transfers of Marcus Jones, special education aide to CHHS and Tim Fayson, special education aide, to CHMS; and the hiring of Debra Pinchon and Betty Parker in the child nutrition program.

At Charles Henderson Middle School, the hiring of James Gilmore as a social studies teacher and Shelby Tuck as a physical education teacher; the transfers of Donna McGowin from seventh-grade math to sixth-grade math and of Stacy Carpenter from counselor at CHHS to counselor at CHMS; the hiring of James Easterling as instruction support aide; and the hiring of Sherri Owens, child nutrition program.

At Charles Henderson High School, the hiring of Tamara Stephens, biology teacher and Ian Campbell, agri-science teacher; the transfer of Derek Irons from PALS lab to social studies teacher; the hiring of Amanda Leigh McCurley, bookkeeper; and the transfer of Tammy Jones from special education aid to PALS lab aid.

In the central office, the transfer of Trish Hatcher to Early Childhood Secretary, with two and a half months of her 12-month contract to include work as central office receptionist; and at the Troy Pike Center for Technology, the hiring of Al Renfroe as building construction instructor.

Mathews said the board is still seeking to fill several positions, including a high school counselor.

Prior to the called meeting, board members spent more than 90 minutes in a work session, discussing the contract negotiations with Hicks. “Y’all bear with us,” board member Wally Lowery told the audience in the meeting. “We’re still working on the negotiations.”

Board members had said they hoped to have a contract in place with Hicks prior to July 1.

In other business, the board:

• Approved bids for extermination service, milk, ice cream and bread products for the child nutrition program.

• Approved bids for extermination service, garbage service and uniforms for maintenance employees for the system.

• Amended the 2011 budget to reflect several adjustments, including proration; the adjustment of federal, local and state funding line items; and the reduction of funds transferred from local to child nutrition program, per changes in the law. Mickey Daughtry, CFO, said this was the final budget revision for this period.

“If everything goes as planned, we’ll dip into our reserves by $683,000,” he said. “But taking into account all that we’ve done this year, that is a fair amount.”

• Recognized Joyce Curry who secured a $61,000 grant through the USDA to increase the offerings of fresh fruits and vegetables to the students at Troy Elementary School.

• Heard parting comments from Mathews, who has served as acting superintendent since April. “I have nothing but well wishes for this school board and our new superintendent,” he said.