TCS approves new hires, transfers

Published 7:08 pm Monday, June 30, 2014

The Troy City Schools Board of Education approved six new hires, two transfers and two departures during Monday’s meeting.

The board voted to accept the retirement of Steve Haug, longtime PE teacher at Troy Elementary School, and the resignation of Jon Clements, Charles Henderson Middle School PE teacher and coach.

The board approved the hire of William Pouncey, CHMS PE teacher; Patricia White, CHMS math teacher; Stephanie Kelly, CHMS librarian/media specialist; Jarvaris Platt, Charles Henderson High chemistry and physical science teacher; Haley Boyd, CHHS geometry teacher; and Ashton Higginbotham, CHHS English teacher.

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Jaye Robinson, CHHS special education teacher, will transfer to CHMS and Kitty Benton, TES nurse, will transfer to the middle school, as well.

The board also approved a leave of absence for Katie Miller, pre-K teacher.

School officials said the transfers needed to address the student needs at the middle school. New hires fill positions left open by attrition and personnel actions approved earlier this summer.

In other business, the board also approved the salary schedule for the 2014-2015 school year. Superintendent Dr. Lee Hicks said the schedule is modeled after the state department of education schedule and would be adjusted if the state changes funding. “If the state were to come up with a 2 percent raise, then this would be changed to reflect that,” he told the board members.

Under the schedule, a classroom teacher holding a bachelor’s degree with less than two years experience will earn $36,867; a teacher with a doctorate and more than 20 years experience would earn more than $60,900 annually.

Hicks also updated the board members on the progress of construction at Charles Henderson Middle School.

“We’ve met with the contractors and we’re on track to be completed by July 15,” he said. “We should be in by then, with no foreseeable problems. The construction has gone very, very well and we’re looking forward to getting in our new building.”

The middle school will house seventh- and eighth-grade students for the 2014-2015 school year.

In other business, the board:

• Awarded the contract for garbage collection to Advanced Disposal, which offered the lowest bid by more than $7,000. Mickey Daughtry, CFO, said the system has had some concerns over the service during the previous contract cycle and “we have to stay on top of them.” He said school officials are monitoring the service and the district can sever the contract prior to the end of the three-year term if service is not adequate.

• Awarded the contract for personnel and maintenance uniforms to Cintas.

• Approved the financial statement. Sales tax collections for May were $239,863.70, a 2.2 percent increase from the prior year. Utility expenses for the period ending April 10 were $29,395, a 20 percent decrease from the prior year.