TCS seeking math teachers

Published 6:53 am Friday, July 22, 2011

The resignation of a math teacher and former coach at Charles Henderson High School leaves Troy City Schools with three open math teacher positions just weeks before classes begin.

“We do have three openings, but we have people coming in to interview on Monday,” said Lee Hicks, superintendent.

Brandon Stephens, high school math teacher, resigned effective July 21. Hicks said Stephens and his family are moving to Fairhope.

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The Troy City Schools Board of Education approved Stephens’ resignation, along with several other personnel items, during is meeting on Thursday. Other personnel items approved include:

• The resignation of Dickey Calhoun, school board attorney, effective July 6.

• The appointment of Stephen Curtis, school board attorney, effective July 25.

• The resignation of Shawn Bray, maintenance, effective July 21.

• The transfer of Sonya Wright from Troy Elementary counselor to Charles Henderson High School counselor, effective July 22.

• The hire of Melloneuse Soctt, custodian at Charles Henderson Middle School, effective Aug. 4.

• A leave of absence for Michelle Roughton, second grade teacher at Troy Elementary School, effective Aug. 18.

• The hiring of Justin Cope and Ryne Rials, special education aides at Troy Elementary School, effective Aug. 8.

“With these, we still have three to five openings, it could be more in the future,” Hicks said. Those include two math positions at Charles Henderson Middle School, which have been open since June. “And math positions are very hard to fill.”

In addition to personnel, the board of Thursday approved inter-district transfers for 21 students. “These are students whose parents work with the district or who have requested transfers for medical reasons,” assistant superintendent David Helms told the board.

“It’s good to have these people brining their children into the district,” Hicks said after the meeting.

In other business, the board:

• Approved the 2011-2012 salary matrix, which is the standard matrix recommended by the state.

• Approved the contract with Kelly Services to provide substitute personnel for the 2011-2012 school year. Substitute teachers will be paid $58 per day; support personnel will earn minimum wage.

• Approved the deed to transfer a building at the corner of Harrison and Academy streets to the City of Troy. The transfer was part of the purchase agreement involving the armory building, which was formerly a city-owned building and now houses the school district’s central offices.

• Approved the financial report. Sales tax collections for June were $126,396.25, which is down 2.7 percent from June 2011. Utilities for May 10 to June 10 were $39,040.96, an increase of 16 percent over the same period last year.