BOE approves new hires, resignations

Published 11:00 pm Monday, July 15, 2013

The Troy City Schools Board of Education approved nine hires on Monday.

The new staff members were hired as part of a board action that also included approval of two leaves of absence and two resignations.

The new hires include:

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• Charles Henderson Middle School: Rae Denison, music instructor/assistant band director; Heather Mitchell, English; Julie Brown, science; and Michelle Hicks, special education.

• Charles Henderson High School: William Moguel, in school suspension aide; Roderick Taylor, special education aide; Elizabeth Huggins, English; and Judith Roberts, theater.

• Troy-Pike Center for Technology: Julie Echols, family and consumer science in the area of education and training careers.

The resignations accepted include Cameron Whitlow, CHHS vice principal, and Cassie Newman, CHMS secretary.

Leaves of absence also were approved for Jennifer Lindsey and Holley Precise at Troy Elementary School.

In other business during its regular meeting the board:

• Approved the purchase of new iPad covers at a cost of $26,285. The covers were needed to replace substandard covers purchased previously. Superintendent Lee Hicks also reported that all textbooks at the high school will be available on the iPads as PDF documents for the upcoming school year.

• Approved the contract with Kelly Services to provide substitute teachers.

• Approved the purchase of a special education bus at a cost of $90,160.57. The bus will be purchased with more than $20,000 gained from the sale of surplus equipment as well as more than $20,000 in state fleet renewal funds available. The remainder will be financed with a 10-year amortization.

• Heard a proposal from Billy Jeffcoat, president of the Charles Henderson Champions Foundation, regarding the construction of a new concession stand at the high school baseball/softball fields. “A nice, new facility on our grounds would be a showcase,” he said. “We raised over $75,000 this year and had debits of only $40,000, so we have funds available. We also are owners of a $13,000 CD.” Jeffcoat said the foundation sought to start a dialog with the board regarding a partnership in building a new concession stand.

• Approve the financial report and payments of bills, accounts and payroll. Sales tax revenues collected in June 2013 were $248,539, some 4.8 percent more than the prior year.