| EFFORTS LAUDED – The Weakley County School Board applauded the efforts of retiring teachers (from left) Martha Freeman, Betsy Robinson, Beverly Orr, Julia Rich, Jenny Landrum, Lana Thompson and the county’s director of schools Randy Frazier (back) during its monthly meeting held on Thursday. |
Hard work and diligence, in turn, reaps respect and reward.
On Thursday at the June monthly meeting of the Weakley County School Board, the subject of the director of schools’ contract was discussed and with unanimous support, the board voted to give Randy Frazier a $4,500 salary increase per year plus a one-year addition to his current contract.
Board chairman Gordon Morris explained that the month of June is always set aside to discuss the contract and he praised Frazier’s accomplishments during his first year as director.
“He’s used good judgment and has been willing to go to any and all groups to answer questions on Weakley County Schools. He’s done radio spots and has a newspaper column and has been received well in the county,” Morris remarked.
He explained the the salary for the director of schools is $91,600 and that is money allotted by the state for superintendents.
Frazier is in the first year of a three-year contract with a four-year contract being the maximum by law.
“I doubt any of us could script a year like the one we just had. He has done an outstanding job in his his first year,” Morris added.
Several school board members echoed Morris’ sentiments.
“His performance has been exceptional. I thought no one could come in as the director of schools after Richard Barber left, but Randy has the same skills. He has the speaking skills and he is a smart guy with a background in science. He’s a good man,” Joan Pritchett commented.
“I’m very impressed with his job performance,” Barbara Trentham said.
“As a school board member, I appreciate how he keeps us informed.”
Lindell Roney suggested a motion of taking the $9,000 that was given to Barber for budget assistance this past year and cutting it in half as a raise per contract year. He also suggested adding a year to Frazier’s contract.
“He’s doing an outstanding job and we would be remiss not to give him a raise to shot our support and increase the contract,” Roney remarked.
The suggestion was formed into a motion and it passed unanimously.
As an update to the state’s recent winning of the Race to the Top, Frazier explained that the scope of the work was finished, but that it has still not been accepted by the state.
The state superintendent has responded and released information with corrections in an email. Frazier gave an outline regarding the plan.
In the first section, the current curriculum and pacing guides will be developed. This will involve getting a plan in place to ask for tenured teachers for who are interested in becoming mentors for help.
There would be two days of paid training and cameras would be purchased to critique the mentors. About 50 teachers would be used as mentors, but probably not all in one year. Frazier explained that there would be 1,000s of different professional development opportunities.
Secondly, effective teacher training will be enhanced and expanded to five days. This will be tied in with the mentoring. Professional development training will be offered in math and science as more algebra is now involved in testing.
“We have a good plan and it will be beneficial for the students, staff and system. And monetarily, it will be good for everyone. It’s not totally accepted, but I feel like it will be,” Frazier stated.
In other business, both school board policy section six and the standardized dress code passed on their second readings. They will now become part of policy.
Ruthie Carter, a teacher at Westview, was granted tenure.
Blake Stigall, MMS football; Dennis Suiter, MMS softball; Laura Leahy, MMS cheerleading and Europe Hall, MMS cheerleading were all approved as volunteer coaches.
Additionally, junior high softball was added at Greenfield.
Several retirees were honored at a reception after the meeting including Harrold Blakemore, Marcine Cook, Joe Farmer, Amy Finney, Martha Freeman, Steve Kilgas, Jenny Landrum, Beverly Orr, Julia Rich, Betsy Robinson and Lana Thompson.
The next meeting of the Weakley County School Board will take place at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 1 at the Board of Education.