Huss has contract extended
Posted: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 9:48 pm
By GLENDA CAUDLE
Special Features Editor
Obion County Director of Schools has a year’s extension of his contract to June 30, 2015, following Monday night’s Obion County School Board meeting at the system’s Career Technology Center in Union City.
Board chairman Brian Rainey explained to a packed house that the board had evaluated Huss’ performance at a meeting Feb. 25 and rated him at 87.43 percent (27.43 percent above satisfactory). In accordance with state statute, the board had the option of offering Huss an increase in salary and/or a contract extension. Rainey said Huss indicated, upon being made aware of the board’s favorable evaluation, that given the current depressed economic situation, he would decline a raise in pay if it were offered. Rainey, therefore, asked if there were a motion to extend the contract by a year and vice chairman Diane Sanderson made the motion, which was seconded by Tim Partin. There was at least one dissenting vote audible, so Rainey began a roll-call vote. Chairman pro tem David Lamb was the only dissenting vote, so the motion carried.
Monday’s meeting was called to order by Rainey and board member Fritz Fussell opened with prayer. The board immediately moved to recognize the system’s building level and system level Teachers of the Year. These included Annette Ferguson and Debbie Ray from Ridgemont Elementary School, Greg Barclay and Kathy Cassetty from South Fulton Middle/High School, Linda Darnall and Debbie Batchelor from Black Oak Elementary School, Tina Hill and Marci Roach from Lake Road Elementary School, Cindy Darnall and Allison Kail from Hillcrest Elementary School, Lynn Pilcher and Alisha Hedge from South Fulton Elementary School, Cynthia Rainey from the Career Technology Center and Laura Pitts from Obion County Central High School. Mrs. Ferguson, Mrs. Ray and Barclay were also honored as System Level Teachers of the Year and received special certificates and gifts in addition to the certificates they received with their fellow teachers for building level honors.
Pam Kangelos, Academic Decathlon coach from OCCHS introduced members of the two teams who recently took part in the 10 events included in state-level competition at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville. This year’s topic was The Great Depression and the Dust Bowl.
Students displaying their impressive medals included Blue Team members Kacee Warren, Nancy Davis, Hope Montgomery, Ashley Powell, Austin McCullough, Jake Blakely, Danielle Burress, Brenan Woody and alternate Dakota Eaves. Red team members included Byron Brown, Buddy Tackett, Will Horton, Thomas Elam, Trevor Mayhall, Matt Wilson, Josh Moore, Christian Roach and alternate Trice Mayhall. Miss Warren read a statement of appreciation to the board for supporting the teams and described what her years of involvement in the competition have meant to her.
Board members also heard from four students who recently attended the Tennessee School Boards Association Student Congress on Policies in Education in Nashville. OCCHS student Christopher Douglas was the spokesman for the group. Those who attended the mock school board sessions included Douglas and his fellow OCCHS student Chelsea Southerland and SFHS students Landon Sowell and Hailey McKinney. Guidance counselors Heather Kendall from OCCHS and Pam Burrow of SFHS accompanied the students. Mrs. Kendall told board members the SCOPE students would be willing to attend school board orientation sessions and offer student perspectives on issues in the future.
With recognition and congratulations having cleared the meeting room of many of its earlier occupants, the board moved on to regular business matters and approved the agenda, the minutes of the March 7 board meeting and a consent agenda by unanimous votes.
Included in the consent agenda was the personnel report, showing Lisa M. Wade has been hired to work in food service at SFM/H and Staci Butler has been hired as a custodian at Hillcrest. Dana Shelton, Lake Road teacher, has received an extension of leave through the end of the school year, as has Bill Hussey, SFES custodian. Dana Johnson, educational assistant at the Career Technology Center, has been granted leave. Another item in the consent agenda was the report on substitute teachers, with Lindsey Anderson, Richard Bell, Audrey Casey, BJ Cohn, Lisa Earls, Auzie Harrell, Karyn Hill, Jenna Hodge, Stacie Hodge, Katie Keathley, Candace Kendall, Tessia Land, Molly Matheny, Michelle Morgan, Aimee Buntin Muse and Cynthia Roberts approved. Monthly financial reports/business activity and a listing of non-functioning or worthless items that have been removed from the technology inventory system and taken to the Obion County Recycling Center completed the consent agenda.
The recommendations of the Textbook Adoption Committee for math textbooks at each grade level from kindergarten through 12th were accepted, with the understanding that the textbooks are to be used on a six-year cycle beginning with the 2011-12 school year.
The board approved a request from the system’s transportation department to declare a 4300 John Deere tractor and a 1710 Ford tractor surplus property so they can be disposed of via trade-in. A low bid of $17,450 with trade-in was accepted from First Choice Farm and Lawn for a new tractor and loader, with funds to pay coming from maintenance, transportation and student body education budgets — all of which will be transferred to the maintenance budget.
A low bid of $11,800 for a door access control system for Ridgemont Elementary School was submitted by Townsend Systems and was accepted by the board. Funds to purchase the system will come from amounts set aside in the budget for that purpose and an $11,500 State Safe Schools Grant, with the two sources of funding covering most of the expense.
Huss explained that the system had solicited bids from four sources for classroom furniture needed at OCCHS and SFHS career technology additions. The bid package contained 31 separate items. Funding was included in the FY11 budget in the amount of $100,000. J.C. Educational submitted the low bid on 19 items totaling $62,654.94 and School Specialty submitting the low bid for the remaining 12 items at $23,464.28, for a total of $86,119.22. The board approved the purchase.
Approval for overnight student trips was granted to Skills USA at Career Technology Center for an April 17-20 visit to Chattanooga Convention Center for the state competition and to SFHS Beta Club for the national convention June 21-24 at Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville.
Further, the board agreed to allow Lake Road to declare surplus used basketball uniforms and to host a fundraiser to sell the uniforms and deposit the money into the school’s athletic account to offset the cost of future purchases for the athletic program.
In response to a suggestion by Judy Denman, the board agreed to amend Board Policy 3.500 related to food service management to eliminate confusion in the current wording. New wording to replace the stricken second paragraph of the previous policy is as follows: “The sale of all competitive foods and beverages to students during school hours shall be in compliance with current state and federal regulations addressing competitive foods. Sales of any foods or beverages outside of the cafeteria shall be limited to the time period following the end of the last lunch period.”
Huss explained that the new wording does not change the intent of the original policy and the board agreed and approved the recommendation.
Finally, the board gave its blessing to a request from Ridgemont Elementary School PTO to allow the organization to construct a walking track at the school. The estimated cost of the project will be $18,000-$18,500 and the PTO will cover the expense, with no cost to the system.
Special Features Editor Glenda Caudle may be contacted by e-mail at glendacaudle @ucmessenger.com
Published in The Messenger 4.5.11