Personnel moves highlight UC school board meeting

Personnel moves highlight UC school board meeting
Personnel matters and a grant update dominated a relatively light agenda at Tuesday evening’s Union City School Board meeting, which was held at Union City Elementary School.
Director of Schools Gary Houston updated the board on four personnel moves, which included the retirement of longtime third-grade teacher Trudy Evans. She has taught that grade since 1978, according to Houston. School officials are in the process of interviewing possible candidates to take her place at the school, according to Houston.
He also reported to the board that UCES teacher Becky Crabtree is resigning at the end of this semester and Tandye Gentry will be taking her place.
Union City Middle School teacher Abby Cruce will be taking a temporary medical leave and her teaching and coaching responsibilities are being handled by school officials, according to Houston.
Also during Tuesday’s near half-hour meeting, Houston informed the board Laura Kingrey has secured a $5,000 Verizon Foundation Grant that will be used to enhance the math program at the elementary school and she is also pursuing a $170,000 grant that will be used for distance learning.
Tuesday’s relatively light agenda for the school board was filled with reports on school activities from Houston. He updated the board on the recent successes of the athletic and band programs at Union City High School and reminded the board that students will be dismissed from classes next week for Thanksgiving.
Houston also recognized the board’s student representative, Morgan Stone, for her recently being named the DAR Good Citizen.
Following Houston’s reports to the board it was then the board’s turn to make reports. Several members of the board discussed their experiences at the recently held Tennessee School Board Association’s conference in Nashville.
Tuesday’s meeting was opened with Miss Stone leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Prior to the start of the meeting, board chairman Glenda Caudle led in prayer.
Absent from the meeting was board member Campbell Rice.
Published in The Messenger 11.17.11

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