JACKSON COUNTY - The Jackson County Board of Education held session on January 9 and one of the highlights of the meeting was the honoring of four retiring educators and a Bus Operator.
Brada Stotts with 24 years of service at Ripley Middle School, Marquita McIntyre with 29 years of service at Ripley Middle School, Jeri Rector with 33 years of service at Henry J. Kaiser Elementary and Dennis Hart who was recognized for 22 years of service as a Technology Coordinator/Coach.
Each retiring educator received a plaque in recognition of their service to Jackson County.
Randall Buffington, who served 13 years as a Bus Operator was also honored.
In other BOE related news, Assistant Superintendent Keith Burdette updated the board on the progress made at the new Kenna Elementary School. The final stages of the project have begun and more focus has been put towards aesthetics like color schemes and eventually, carpet. Burdette stated that the project is running as scheduled with no major roadblocks in the path of its spring 2014 completion.
An approval for the purchase of furniture for the new facility was temporarily delayed until a minor pricing issue is resolved.
Approval was made in the amount of $112,695.00 with CXtec of Syracuse, New York for wireless networking equipment.
• Wayne Birkett, Substitute Teacher, effective January 6, 2014
• Stacy Sturm, from Paraprofessional/Aide, Evans Elementary School to Paraprofessional/Aide, Special Education, Henry J. Kaiser Elementary School, effective January 10, 2014.
• Kevin Matthew Sears, Technology Coordinator/Coach, 240 days, effective January 29, 2014.
• Alyssia Hall, Teacher, Autism, Henry J. Kaiser Elementary School, effective January 10, 2014.
• Kara McCutcheon, teacher, Ravenswood Middle School, to serve in the After School Tutoring and/or Detention program, on an as needed basis, at a rate of $18 per hour, effective for the 2013-2014 school term:
• Carla Roach Substitute School Nurse, on an as needed basis, effective for the 2013-2014 school term:
• Steven Titus, substitute teach on an as needed basis for the 2013-1014 school term.
• Sarah Summers, Assistant Girls Track Coach, Ripley High School (Maximum 306 hours), effective for the 2013-2014 school term.
• Change of job title for Shelly Jarrell from Coordinator of Adult Basic Education and Career Technical At-Risk Monitor, to Coordinator of Adult Basic Education, effective for the 2013-2014 school term
• Change in funding source for the Coordinator of Adult Basic Education from 50% Perkins, 25% Adult Basic Education, and 25% County, to 50% Adult Basic Education and 50% County, effective for the 2013-2014 school term.
• Approval was sought for students to participant in the Transitional Co-Op Program, effective January 9, 2014.
• Gary Barnard, Authorized Certified Coach, Baseball, Ripley High School, effective for the 2013-2014 school term.
Page 2 of 2 - • Establishment of teacher position, Elementary Alternative Education, effective for the 2013-2014 school term.
• Joshua Thaxton - Ripley High School, Old Dominion University student to complete student teaching in Jackson County Schools effective January 21, 2014 through February
The BOE meets again on January 16 as a special session has been called for technology planning.