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As new school year approaches, Union City board addresses changes

As new school year approaches, Union City board addresses changes

Posted: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 3:27 pm

Special to The Messenger
In its last regularly-scheduled monthly business meeting before Union City schools are in session once again, the Union City School Board met to address the new Sick Leave Bank and personnel changes in the Union City school system. Dr. Wright Jernigan and Karl Ullrich were unable to attend the rescheduled meeting.
Parents are advised that registration for students, which also counts as a day of attendance, is July 29. The Union City Schools calendar and dress codes are already posted on the internet for the 2009-10 school year.
The meeting began with a request by chairman Glenda Caudle for a motion to approve minutes of previous meetings, the annual agenda for 2009-10, the free and reduced meal application for the schools and other “housekeeping” bills. Ellarine Moses made the motion for approval, which was seconded by Curtis McLendon.
The next item on the agenda was the Sick Leave Bank for teachers, which also had been the subject of discussion during the May meeting. Twenty-three of the 20 teachers needed to implement the program have expressed an interest by signing a petition of intention to participate. The Sick Leave Bank committee must have two representatives from the school board and two from the teachers’ association, and the director of schools must serve as the chairman of the overseeing group, according to Director of Schools Gary Houston.
Houston said the necessary number of teachers had indeed signed and said they would abide by the ruling of the school board, and the State Commissioner of Education had also approved it. He reminded the board of his previous findings as to staff for the overseeing group. He added that Dr. Michelle Arant, the school system’s Federal Programs/Supervisor of Special Education, will serve a two-year term on the Sick Leave Board and Judy Wilson, Union City High School’s Consumer Science, Child Development, Housing, Textiles and Nutrition teacher, will be serving a three year term. Board member Shea Riley III will also serve a two-year term and Ullrich, a three-year term. Houston added that teachers will have the opportunity to enroll in the program during August, September and October.
Houston next gave the personnel report, stating Jeff Chandler has resigned, as have Laura Faulkner and Penny Thurmond, who had been assistant principal at Union City Elementary School. George Leake II has been hired to replace Mrs. Thurmond. Youree Maddox has been hired as an educational assistant in the Read 180 program at UCHS. Nelson Youngblood is coming on board as an educational assistant in the ISS program at UCHS and Melissa Templeton-Heuch has been hired to teach math at UCHS. Lee Ussery will join the staff at Union City Middle School as a language arts teacher and assistant girls basketball coach.
Next on the agenda was the Director’s Report. Houston said Vicki Wilkinson, Classroom/Curriculum Coordinator was unable to be at the July meeting, but she would brief the school board on the Annual Yearly Progress Report at the board’s August meeting. This meeting, on August 10, will be open to the public, as are all business and orientation sessions of the board.
Houston then detailed some upcoming calendar events. Monday (July 20) was to be a budget information session for the board, with a called meeting immediately following for the purpose for of approving the school budget. The budget is to be submitted to the City Council today for approval.
Friday will be a teacher preparation day and the first official day of school for teachers, with Monday and July 28 designated professional development days. Registration for students, which also counts as a day of attendance, will be July 29.
Houston added that the annual “Back to School” dinner will be July 28 at 6 p.m. in the UCHS commons area.
July 31 will be the first full day of school for students.
Board members agreed to make plans at the August orientation meeting to begin a review of Section One of the Board Policies at the September session, as indicated on the annual calendar.
A called meeting was held June 29 to discuss renewing the contract for Director of Schools Houston. The board unanimously approved renewing the contract, which now employs Houston through June 30, 2011, and approved a salary of $95,000.
Terri Jenkins-Brady, a Kenton resident, is co-owner of Write Up the Road with her husband, Tim Brady.


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