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Pike BOE approves personnel changes

Congratulations were in order for Pike County Schools Administrator Dr. Mark Head and Director of Accelerated Teaching Jeff McClure at the Monday meeting of the Pike County Board of Education.

Head and McClure were presenters at the fall meeting of the School Superintendents of Alabama in Montgomery.

Dr. Mark Bazzell, superintendent of Pike County Schools, said it was an honor for Head and McClure to be invited to present and it was also an honor for the school system’s alternative learning program to be recognized at the meeting of school superintendents. The board conducted several items of new business and also acted on personnel requests.

In new business, the board approved permission for Beth Chancellor, Pam Gardner, Tammy Calhoun, Ashley McManigle and Paul Kennedy to attend the Section 504 December conference in Birmingham.

The board also approved permission for Wanda Corley, Lisa Powell and Michelle Taylor to attend the Alabama Autism Conference February 24 in Tuscaloosa. With the board’s approval, Goshen High School will field a soccer team.

In personnel changes, the board:

• Approved family medical leave for Ansley Godwin.

• Approved medical leave of absence for LaToya Gay.

• Accepted the resignation of Charlie Harris, bus driver, effective December 16, 2016.

• Approved the employment of Lauren Campbell, bus driver.

• Approved the employment of Marqueta Stewart, STEM Academy teacher.

• Approved the employment of Don Leonard, music teacher at Pike County Elementary School, contingent on meeting the requirements for ALSDE certification.

• Approved the employment of Nicholas James, math teacher at Pike County High School with the employment contingent on meeting the requirements for ALSDE certification.

• Approved volunteer status for Ashleigh DeSandro, Goshen High School girls’ basketball.