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OC School board closes out year, prepares for next

OC School board closes out year, prepares for next

Posted: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 6:09 am
By: Chris Menees, Staff Reporter

Staff Reporter
Routine housekeeping matters to close out one school year and prepare for the start of the next dominated Monday morning’s meeting of the Obion County School Board.
The session, held at the board office in Union City, was the last meeting of the 2009-10 fiscal year that ends Wednesday.
No regular school board meeting is scheduled for July.
In addition to approving several bids for the 2010-11 school year, the board received an initial overview of next year’s budget from Obion County Director of Schools David Huss, who is continuing to work on the budget. He told board members that, all things considered with the current economy, “I don’t feel terrible about next year’s budget.”
Final figures will be introduced at an upcoming board meeting.
In other action during Monday’s early-morning session, which was opened with prayer led by chairman Roger Williams, the school board:
• Approved a school bus bid from Cumberland International for a six-cylinder wet sleeve school bus for $77,686.50 each for three buses, as well as approved equipping each unit for a three-head camera system at a cost of $60 per unit.
In the 2010-11 fiscal year budget, a total of three buses will be budgeted at a total cost of $233,239.50.
• Accepted a low bid of $38,320.56 from RIS Paper Co. of Uniontown, Ohio, for paper for the 2010-11 school year.
• Accepted a low bid of $299,500 from Billy Rodgers Plumbing, Heating & Air of Dyersburg to replace the HVAC units at Ridgemont Elementary. It is included in the 2009-10 fiscal year budget.
• Accepted a bid of $26,135 from Covington Flooring Co. Inc. to refinish the South Fulton High School gymnasium floor. This was the only bid received.
• Approved the central cafeteria food/non-food bid for the first semester of the 2010-11 school year as recommended by the Reelfoot Area Consortium. The low bid was submitted by U.S. Foodservice.
• Approved the central cafeteria chemical bid for the next school year, also as recommended by the consortium. The only bid received was from Ecolab Inc.
• Approved the central cafeteria bread, milk and ice cream bids for the next school year. The consortium recommended Interstate Brands for bread and Turner Dairies for both milk and ice cream.
• Approved janitorial supply bids for the next school year, with several different vendors chosen for different items.
• Approved a low bid of $14,799.90 from KaTom Restaurant Supply of Russellville for the purchase of a convection steamer for Hillcrest Elementary’s cafeteria.
• Approved a monthly personnel report and monthly financial reports.
The personnel report listed the retirements of South Fulton High School teacher Charles Seratt and Ridgemont Elementary principal Randy Pitts and teacher Mary Pitts; the hirings of Black Oak Elementary teacher/coach Richard Lynn Jones, Black Oak maintenance employee Harold Parkinson, Obion County Central High School teacher/coach Greg Fowler, SFHS paraprofessional soccer coach Mixon Moore, part-time countywide Coordinator School Health employee Misty Menees, Ridgemont Elementary paraprofessional softball coach Jeremy Bugg, Coordinated School Health director Chastity Homra, Black Oak paraprofessional assistant basketball/head softball coach Sharia Armour, Black Oak paraprofessional head basketball coach Hayes Flippen, Lake Road Elementary educational assistant Jaime Johnson, Lake Road paraprofessional girls’ head basketball coach Emily McGee, Black Oak paraprofessional assistant softball coach Kacee Eaves, OCCHS teacher/coach Chris Smith, Hillcrest Elementary librarian Amanda Haynes, OCCHS teacher Melanie Mitchell, Lake Road special education teacher Valeria Burress, OCCHS nurse Kim Bradberry, SFHS teacher/coach Wesley Miller, Ridgemont special education teacher Kathryn Ramsey and Lake Road teachers Katherine Eskew and Debbie Capps; and the transfers of Lisa Morris from food service at Ridgemont to Lake Road, teacher Maddie Carrington from South Fulton Elementary to Lake Road, teacher Allison Kail from Lake Road to Hillcrest, teacher Maria Matheny from Lake Road to OCCHS, teacher/coach Charles Foley from Ridgemont to OCCHS, Lee Ann Davis to countywide diagnostician, Heather Kendall from Coordinated School Health to OCCHS guidance, teacher/coach Mack Pirtle from Black Oak to South Fulton Elementary, teacher Mike Beadles from Black Oak to Hillcrest, teacher John Buchanan from OCCHS to Ridgemont, Dasha Dunn from Lake Road food service to educational assistant at Lake Road and Laura Terrell from educational assistant to secretary at Lake Road.
• Approved the second and final reading of an amendment to board policy regarding standard dress code. The change addresses disciplinary actions.
• Approved the Obion County School System’s revised scope of work as part of the state’s first Race to the Top grant.
• Approved a request from South Fulton Elementary to attach a climbing wall in the school gymnasium.
The eight-foot by 20-foot wall will be equipped with safety mats and a locking system for safety purposes when the equipment is not in use. Huss said funding is provided through an exercise grant.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by e-mail at
Published in The Messenger 6.29.10


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