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UC school board recognizes teachers with tenure status

UC school board recognizes teachers with tenure status

Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 9:30 pm

A dozen teachers in the Union City School System will be awarded certificates indicating they have been granted tenure by the Union City School Board at the May meeting.
The board voted to approve that status for Preston Barbee (Union City High School physical education and wellness teacher), Darren Bowling (UCHS football coach and physical education and wellness teacher), Ashley Bryson (UCHS Spanish I and II teacher), Angela Davis (Union City Elementary School kindergarten teacher), David Houston (UCES fifth-grade teacher), Cristina Grimm (UCES first-grade teacher), Wesley Kennedy (UCHS principal), Kristy Long (UCES second-grade teacher), Preston Martin (UCHS resource teacher), Jason Qualls (UCHS personal finance, marketing and advertising teacher), Angela Searcy (UCES first-grade teacher) and Rhonda Shanklin (Union City Middle School resource teacher) at Monday night’s session.
Director of Schools Gary Houston announced the resignation of UCHS chemistry, honors chemistry and physical science teacher Mandy Hopper, whose family is moving; the hiring of UCHS alumnus John Parr to replace her; and the reassignment of UCES principal Michael Paul Miller to the position of UCMS principal.
The board voted to extend the 2010-11 school calendar by two days at the end of the year to make up weather-related dismissals that occurred on Jan. 21 and Feb. 10. Students’ final day of classes will now be May 25 and teachers’ final day will be May 26. Graduation will still be held May 22 at 8 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium on the UCHS campus.
In addition, board action took the form of approval of all relevant bills and of budget amendments, the approval of math textbooks recommended for adoption, the approval of a policy (4.700) revision related to testing programs  and the approval of a bid for additional scope of work for the UCHS gym bleachers from Toadvine Enterprises in the amount of $38,300 for telescopic bleachers in the mezanine area.
Houston called the board’s attention to some upcoming important events, including TCAP testing Monday through April 21, and said UCMS instructors had hosted two Saturday “TCAP Camps” in preparation. He noted that Rotary Relays would take place May 5 and UCHS would be hosting this event on the new re-surfaced track at War Memorial Stadium. The annual Top Ten banquet honoring the 10 outstanding scholars from each class at UCHS will be May 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the UCHS commons area, with UCHS alumnus and Class of 1972 salutatorian Al Creswell as the speaker. Creswell is the current Pride of Obion County.
Houston also noted the upcoming Teacher Appreciation Day, which will be May 3.
In closing, he expressed sympathy to faculty and staff members Mary Lynn Cox at the death of her father, Suzanne Doss at the death of her mother, Trudy Evans at the death of her husband and Peggy Vaughn at the death of her mother.
Board member Karl Ullrich was unable to attend Monday’s session because of his work schedule.
The board will meet in regular session May 9, with an orientation session set for May 3. Both meetings will be open to the public.
Published in The Messenger 4.13.11

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