Manila School Board accepts resignations and hires

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Manila School Board accepted several resignations, filled several positions, and approved transfers at the Thursday, May 18, meeting.

Following an executive session, the board reconvened accepting several resignations including Natalie Veach, elementary teacher; Amiee McLaughlin, pre-kindergarten teacher; and Leslie Tidwell, cafeteria staff.

The board voted unanimously, on the recommendation of Superintendent Pam Caster, to approve the transfer of Francis Street to middle school.

The board voted unanimously to hire Jonna Hamilton, special education teacher; Hannah Kirk, pre-kindergarten teacher; Hannah Ashabranner, elementary teacher; Tracey Thompson, high school English teacher; and Julie Dorris, high school English teacher.

Superintendent Castor said Dorris would be hired as a long time sub position.

“That status could change,” Castor said.

Board member Terry Carr left the meeting while board members voted to transfer Brooke Dunigan from classroom teacher to middle school counselor. Board members voted 6-0 to approve the transfer recommended by the superintendent.

The board approved the transfer of Christie Baugher from elementary to middle school teacher; and hire Mark Manchester, high school principal, as athletic director.

The board voted unanimously to hire Derek Pruett as teacher and high school baseball coach.

Castor said the school lunch prices are required to go up each year until it reaches $2.76. She recommended going up the minimum of five cents putting the lunch cost at $1.95 for the 2017-2018 school year. The board voted unanimously on the five cent increase. Breakfast prices will remain the same.

Castor said the district has received a request from Crowley's Ridge Education Cooperative for a waiver.

“Our co-op is Crowley Ridge Cooperative Services,” Castor said. “There are 22 school districts in the co-op.

The co-op is proposing a request from the state board of education to waive the present teacher licensure regulations.

Castor explained the waiver will allow the district to hire professionals even if they don't have a teaching license. She said it is the same waiver used by charter schools.

Castor said, "If you pass the resolution it will go before the state board of education for a yes or no reply."

“I don't think it is a negative thing,” she said. “It can allow us some flexibility. It will not diminish the board's power of who they will hire.”

The board voted unanimously to adopt the resolution to request the waiver. Castor said they should hear by June 8 if the waiver has been approved or turned down.

In other business:

*Castor informed the board she had received official notice all of the buildings are accredited.

*Board member Tommy Wagner asked about the farmland being properly covered with crop insurance. He said this could be a difficult year.

*A tentative date in July was sent for a two day retreat for the board to meet.

*A special meeting was set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, in the board room.

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