OC school board offers incentives to teachers
Posted: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 10:47 pm
By: Chris Menees, Staff Reporter
By CHRIS MENEES
A voluntary early retire-ment incentive program will be offered to eligible teachers in the Obion County School System.
The plan was approved by the Obion County School Board at its monthly session Monday night at South Fulton Middle/High School.
Obion County Director of Schools David Huss said an agreement was reached to offer a voluntary early retirement incentive program to eligible teachers following a meeting with the school board chairman and vice chairman and representatives from the Obion County Education Association.
The eligible group for the early retirement incen-tive program includes all teachers who, at the con-clusion of the 2010-11 school year, will have 30 or more years of experience in education, with at least 15 years of experience with the Obion County system.
The voluntary early retire-ment incentive amount — $7,500 — will be subject to withholdings as required by law. The incentive program’s window of eligibility will remain open for 45 days — from today through June 17 — and employees who accept the board’s offer will have seven days to revoke acceptance. Eligible employees who accept the offer will be paid the incentive on or before June 30.
Huss emphasized the pro-gram will not be detrimental to anyone’s employment and will be strictly voluntary for eligible teachers.
He explained that the school system’s enrollment is continuing to decline and he said if an employee is nearing the time when they wish to retire, it will be better for the school system to know now. The plan could also be helpful in retaining several newer teachers as opposed to lay-offs with the current budget conditions.
Huss said an early retirement incentive was offered several years ago in the Obion County system and has been done in other systems.
In other action during Monday night’s meeting, which was opened with prayer led by chairman Brian Rainey, the school board:
• Approved a consent agenda that included the monthly personnel and financial reports and a list of technology equipment declared surplus for disposal.
The personnel report listed the hiring of Anita Jones in food service at Hillcrest Elementary; leaves of absence for Hillcrest food service employee Linda Cranford, Black Oak teacher Lana Hicks and Hillcrest teacher Travis Johnson; the resignations of Obion County Central High School custodian Peggy Grady, Lake Road teacher Justin McMahan and OCCHS teacher Nic Lucas; and the retirements of Black Oak nurse Sheila Turner-Moody and Career Technology Center custodian Rose Warren.
The consent agenda also reminded board members that the last day of classes will be May 19 and high school graduations will be held May 20, with South Fulton High School’s ceremonies at 5:30 p.m. followed by OCCHS’ ceremonies at 7:30.
• Approved a list of teachers recommended for tenure.
Among those recommended were Kristen Chandler at Black Oak; Emmylou Denman, Courtney Gantt and Ashleigh Wilds at Hillcrest; Jennifer Pate at Lake Road; Vicki Crenshaw, Terrance Moore, Glen Marshall, Adam Dowland, Shawn Jackson, Charles Foley, Lynsey Butler, Andy Zimmerman, Jeff Riley, Heather Kendall, Melanie Mitchell and Debra Stringer at OCCHS; Carrye Richardson and Rachel Whites at Ridgemont; Patresa Rogers and Alicia Jackson at South Fulton Elementary; Eric Knott, Kelly Spivey and Charyl Craddock at South Fulton Middle/High School; and systemwide supervisor of child nutrition Judy Denman.
Several teachers did not receive recommendations for rehire. They included Robin Long, Julia Watters, Cathy Kendall, Mandy Brewer, Paula Smith, Tara Erwin and Lenise Green.
• Received a list of administrative/principal assignments for the 2011-12 school year.
None of the current assignments changed and positions left to be filled included the South Fulton Middle/High School principal and assistant principal. Huss said five or six applications were received and interviews will begin in the next few days.
• Appointed board member Fritz Fussell to the Athletic Advisory Com-mittee.
• Approved a corrected furniture bid recommendation for the OCCHS and SFHS career technology additions.
• Accepted a bid of $21,329.60 from ATD-American Company for 20 cafeteria tables for Ridgemont Elementary and a low bid of $14,884 from Hotel & Restaurant Supply for a convection steamer for Black Oak Elementary’s cafeteria.
• Approved five technology-related bids. They included a low bid of $1,277 each from Personal Computer Systems Inc. for classroom presentation equipment for 11 classrooms at the new career technology facilities at OCCHS and SFHS; a low bid of $575 each from GovConnection for 37 computer laptops for special education; a low bid of $17,985.60 from GovConnection for a Microsoft Software agreement; a low bid of $115 each from CDW Government LLC for 130 computer monitors for the OCCHS computer lab and the new career technology facilities at OCCHS and SFHS; and a low bid of $4,473 from GovConnection for two computer servers for the technology and school food service departments.
• Accepted a low bid of $12,471.57 from Union City Carpet Center for carpet at Ridgemont’s library.
• Approved on first and final reading the system’s Family and Community Engagement Plan and related board policies, which were outdated.
• Declared certain textbooks as surplus and authorized their disposition.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in The Messenger 5.3.11