Non-renewals will save $300,000

Published 11:00 pm Monday, May 20, 2013

Personnel actions and the sale of surplus equipment highlighted the Troy City Schools Board of Education meeting on Monday

The board approved an extensive list of personnel changes, including two resignations; one transfer; two retirements; and six non-renewals.

The resignations and retirements include Becky Vaughan, eighth-grade English teacher; Scherrie Banks, middle school counselor; Jonathan Jordan, fifth-grade teacher; Amanda Ford, middle school band director; and Carla Rice, middle school library media specialist. Doug McLeod will transfer Troy Elementary to Central Office maintenance.

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The non-renewals will be announced Tuesday.

Lee Hicks, superintendent, said the personnel actions approved Monday combined with attrition and other changes approved throughout the year, have helped reduce locally funded teacher units from 27 to about 10.

“Our student numbers did not support the number of local units we were carrying,” Mickey Daughtry, CFO told board members. “That’s something that didn’t happen overnight, and correcting it is something that doesn’t need to happen overnight because, if you did, it would knock the feet out from underneath the system.”

Instead, Hicks said he and Daughtry have worked to approach streamlining personnel resources through attrition and reallocation. Monday’s non-renewals will save a minimum of $300,000 in salaries and benefits, Daughtry said.

In addition to the personnel changes, the board approved the sale of four surplus busses and the purchase of a replacement special needs bus. Daughtry said the district can take advantage of some $26,000 in fleet renewal funds that must be used or forfeited by fiscal year end to add to the estimated $20,000 in surplus sale revenues to apply towards the purchase of the replacement bus. “That will leave us with about $58,000 to finance, but we’ll have a payment of about $6,700 a year fleet renewal funds provided each year of about $5,800, so we can do it without much of a hit,” Daughtry said.

In other business, the board:

• Approved the election of Dr. Judson Edwards as president and Wally Lowery as vice president for another year.

• Approved the sale of surplus child nutrition program equipment at Charles Henderson Middle School.

• And approved the Child Nutrition Program bids for milk; ice cream; bread products; and extermination services.