Troy BOE prepares for new school year

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The Troy Board of Education reviewed the system’s annual audit Tuesday night during its Tuesday meeting.

“I was very impressed with your staff,” said Tyler Dunaway, who led the audit. “They’re all very knowledgeable and competent, and most importantly they all care about the school system. I can’t say that about every system I’ve audited.”

Dunaway said the revenues increased slightly in 2017-2018 according to the audit, while expenditures dropped mostly due to a capital expenditure to upgrade a lunchroom in 2017-2018.

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Overall debt remained at approximately the same point, Dunaway said.

The board also discussed having a “penetration test” performed on the school system to ensure its data remains protected.

“That’s what keeps me up at night,” said CFO Mickey Daughtry. “Our personnel and payroll data getting out into somebody’s hands.”

Dunaway said that protecting data is “just the world we live in,” citing hacks that have made headlines recently including at Capital One and Equifax.

The board was introduced to the system’s policy on class ranking and grade point averages, which Hicks said was already in place but needs to be written out for NCAA purposes.

The policy sets the standard 4.0 scale for regular courses. Honors courses are set on a 5.0 scale, although an F remains a 0. AP courses or equivalent are on a 5.5 scale, with Fs remaining as 0.

In other business, the board:

  • Approved a new lawn maintenance contract with Trussell Lawn Care of Troy at the price of $85,734. Superintendent Dr. Lee Hicks said that is about $7,000 higher than the prior contract, but that hills were added to the maintenance list.
  • Approved the state salary matrix for the school system to follow.
  • Approved the resignation of Heather Bunn as a first grade teacher at Troy Elementary School
  • Approved the hire of Audrea Alberson as records clerk at TES
  • Approved the hire of Richard McBryde as in-school suspension teacher at TES
  • Approved the hire of Tori Free as a career prep teacher at Charles Henderson High School
  • Declined Chris Boykin as math teacher at CHHS
  • Approved the transfer of Phillip Jones from instructional aide to math teacher at CHHS
  • Approved the transfer of Ed Stone from custodian at CHHS to custodian at Troy Pike Center for Technology

Approved the hire of Jamie Sutherland as custodian at CHHS