BOE makes new hires

Published 11:02 pm Monday, June 11, 2012

The Pike County Board of Education voted Monday to purchase the John D. Shipman property on Gilmore Road in Brundidge to make additional space for capital projects at Pike County High School.

Dr. Mark Bazzell, superintendent of Pike County Schools, said the parties had agreed upon the price of $47,000 for the property.

“That’s $4,000 above the appraised value, but much less than what was originally being asked,” Bazzell said. “We could have done what we wanted to do without the property, but this will be better for us. We don’t need the house that’s on the property and we may be able to sell it.”

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In personnel action, the board approved the superintendent’s recommendations for six re-hires of those who received non-renewal of contract notices last month, and four teacher transfers.

“In the next few weeks, we hoped to re-hire all of those teachers that we intended to re-hire,” Bazzell said. “And, we do have openings at several schools.”

The openings include a music position at Pike County Elementary School, teachers for grades three and four at Banks, a music teacher at Goshen Elementary and a social science teacher, a girls’ physical teacher, a physical education/ health teacher and an art teacher at Pike County High School.

“In working to put all of the pieces of the puzzle together, we are looking at all of our sources of funding,” Bazzell said. “But it looks like we are in good shape.”

The board continued to put pieces of the puzzle together Monday by approving the employment of several teachers for the 2012-2013 school year including Marshall McGlaun for the position of social studies teacher at Pike County High School, Kim Dillard as English teacher at Goshen High School, Jesse Morrow as math teacher at Goshen High School, Johnny Mitchell as science teacher at Goshen High School and Edward Rigby as social science teacher at Goshen High School, pending the transfer of his teaching certificate from Florida.

The board also approved the employment of three full time bus drivers, Johnny Turvin, Alfreda Byrd and Amy Green.

The board approved the employment of Deborah Coggins as bookkeeper at Goshen Elementary School.

The board approved the request for professional leave for Kelly Pritchett to attend the Junior National Charolais Cow Show and workshops in Grand Isle, Neb. June 18-22 and approved traveling to Charleston, S.C. to attend the National Association of Agriculture Educators Region 5 Conference June 24-27. All expenses will be paid through the Career/Tech initiative extended contract grant.

In other action, the board approved maternity leave/catastrophic leave for Jennifer Rhodes from Sept. 30 through Nov. 9, 2012.

The board also approved the contract with CINTAS Corporation as uniform provider for maintenance, mechanics and bus drivers.