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Troy BOE approves hires, resignations

The Troy City Schools approved three new hires and two resignations at the board of education meeting on Thursday.

Resignations included Courtnee Pugh, Troy Elementary School teacher, and Travis Baxley, Charles Henderson High School history teacher. Hires included Hope Henderson, TES teacher; Keri Taylor, TES resource teacher, and Veronica McCollough, Early Childhood Development Pre-K teacher.

The board also awarded a bid to E. Marshall LLP for the construction of security vestibules at Troy Elementary School. The project is expected to cost $145,880 and should be completed by the beginning of the school year.

Cynthia Thomas, interim superintendent for the board, told members that Dr. Eric Mackey, state superintendent of education, will have a press conference at 10 a.m. Thursday to announce the roadmap for the 2020-2021 school year. Local administrators are waiting to finalize plans for the return to school, social distancing and working with COVID-19 health concerns until Mackey has outlined the state guidelines. Thomas has said previously the district likely will offer some sort of virtual learning option in the upcoming school year.

In other business, the board approved a budget amendment to include a grant for a special needs student and accepted the financial report for the month. Sales tax revenues for May are estimated $309,731.57, a 9.2 percent decrease over last year, and utilities expenses for the period of March 10 through April 10 were $17,545.95, a decrease of more than 15 percent from the prior year.