Huss given contract extension

Huss given contract extension
By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
Obion County Director of Schools David Huss has been given a year’s extension to his contract — making it through June 30, 2016.
The extension was approved by a 4-1 vote at Monday night’s Obion County School Board meeting at South Fulton Middle/High School.
As part of the director’s employment contract, upon Huss’ receiving a satisfac-tory annual evaluation, the board can grant either a salary increase or a contract extension. Huss received a board evaluation of 87.68 percent — over 27 percent above satisfactory — at the close of the board’s annual retreat on Feb. 24.
Obion County School Board chairman Brian Rainey said he spoke with Huss and the director indicated he would like a contract extension only, rather than a salary increase in today’s economy.
Vice chairman Diane Sanderson made the motion to accept a resolution extending Huss’ contract through June 30, 2016. It was seconded by board member Willis Easley.
Among those voting in favor of the extension were Rainey, Ms. Sanderson, Easley and board member Tim Partin, with the lone dissenting vote cast by board member David Lamb. Board members Fritz Fussell and Susan Williams were absent.
In other action during Monday night’s brief meeting, which was opened with prayer led by Rainey, the school board:
• Honored the building level and system level Teachers of the Year (see related story and photo, Page 1).
• Recognized Black Oak, Lake Road, Hillcrest and Ridgemont elementary schools for participation in the Pennies for Patients fund raiser for the Leukemia Society. A total of $6,914.97 was raised.
• Approved a consent agenda that included a monthly personnel report, substitute teachers report, financial reports and technology equipment declared surplus.
The personnel report listed leaves of absence for Ridgemont principal Don Capps, Hillcrest teachers Darla Bearden and Demanda Whitmore, South Fulton Elementary teacher Kristin Kendall, Ridgemont teacher Amy Burcham, Black Oak teacher Candace Taylor, Lake Road librarian Cheryl Ross, South Fulton Elementary food service manager Rita Hazlewood and employee Anita Jones and Hillcrest food service employee Shanna Duren; the resignations of OCCHS teacher/coach Charles Foley, nurse Melanie Foley and education assistant/bus driver Amy Woodward and South Fulton High School food service employee Wanda Seratt; the retirements of OCCHS teacher Ricky Conner, Black Oak teacher Pat Conner, OCCHS/South Fulton High School teacher Gwin Wood, OCCHS custodian Billy Lynch and Hillcrest food service employee Mary Griffin; and the hirings of OCCHS educational assistant Kerri Gallimore, Black Oak bus driver Eugene Hudgins, OCCHS bus driver Eugene Fletcher and Ridgemont food service employee Patricia Jonas.
The substitute teachers added were Margaret Cool, Stephanie Fletcher, Adam Hicks, Ronald Johnson, Heather Kirk, Sharon Preuett, Clint Smith, Ty Walley, Carrie Wetzel, Madison Adcock, Di Ann Perry and Amy Collins.
• Approved recommendations from the Textbook Adoption Committee for certain textbooks for a six-year cycle beginning with the 2012-13 school year.
• Approved an amendment to the 2011-12 fiscal year budget for the General Purpose School Fund.
• Granted approval to an overnight student trip for Hillcrest’s Science Club.
• Learned the May board meeting will be held at the new Ag Learning Center at OCCHS.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at cmenees@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 4.10.12

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