UC school board OKs $220,000 in spending

UC school board OKs $220,000 in spending

Posted: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 9:21 pm
By: Kevin Bowden, Staff Reporter

By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
Nearly $220,000 in purchases were approved by the Union City Board of Education Monday night during a meeting that lasted about 15 minutes.
The school board bought two new school buses, a new walk-in freezer for Union City High School, three-year subscriptions to a pair of educational programs and a new roof for the high school.
Unanimous approval was granted to all the recommended purchases, including the three-year subscription to Think Link Discovery Education. The online program will help students in kindergarten through the eighth grade and focuses on the areas of reading, language arts, science and math.
The cost for the three-year subscription for students at Union City Elementary School will be $16,632 and the cost for the three-year subscription for Union City Middle School students will be $7,884.
The school board also approved buying a 2011 72-passenger bus for $77,937.53 and a 2011 78-passenger bus for $74,270.54. Both buses are being purchased from Cumberland IC Bus Sales in Nashville after bids were solicited for the buses.
Stambaugh Roofing Inc. of McKenzie will be installing new roofing at the high school, at a cost of $32,800. The Stambaugh bid, as were all bids approved by the school board, was recommended by the school system’s executive committee.
The system’s executive committee is made up of Director of Schools Gary Houston, maintenance supervisor Art Ross and finance director Carol Flood.
The new freezer approved by the school board will cost $10,275 and will come from Federal Equipment of Memphis.
Monday night’s meeting was the farewell session for the school board’s student representative, Chase Bowling, who will be graduating May 22 from UCHS. His contribution to Monday night’s school board meeting was leading the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of the meeting.
In other action Monday night, the school board:
• Took care of a series of personnel recommendations presented by Houston.
Houston announced the retirement of JoAnn Zipp, who has served as an educational aide for 37 years in the Union City School System. She and others retiring from the school system this year will be honored at a retirement brunch scheduled for 10 a.m. May 26 in the UCHS Commons Area.
The school board accepted the resignation of UCES teacher Tiffany Craig, who is relocating to Dyersburg, and approved the reassignment of Abby Cruce from UCES to UCMS, Morgan Cruce from UCMS to UCHS, Melissa Templeton-Heuck from UCHS to UCMS, Debra Lawrance from UCES to the English Language Learners program and Clarissa Youngblood from UCMS to UCES. It was also announced at Monday night’s meeting that Mrs. Cruce will be working with the UCMS girls basketball program.
The board approved the hiring of UCHS physical education teacher Nelson Youngblood and did not rehire temporary teachers Elizabeth Mooney and Travis Van Hooser, who have been filling in for teachers on a leave of absence. Also not rehired was UCHS teacher Preston Barbee.
• Was informed the Top Ten Academic Banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the UCHS Commons Area and the last day of classes for students in the city school system will be May 25.
Prior to the start of Monday night’s meeting, board member Curtis McLendon led in prayer.
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by e-mail at kmbowden@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 5.10.11

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