During the 7 a.m. Dec. 4 meeting of the Huntingdon Special School District’s Board of Education, acknowledged staff member transfers, amended several board policies, heard from high school guidance counselor Tracy Connell on WestTeach program, approved the 2019-2020 school calendar and set the next meeting date.
Christy Carey, the former assistant principal at the primary school is now principal since Alan Eubanks took a position at the Central Office as supervisor of federal projects. Eubanks succeeds Steve Peery in that position.
Nikki Fronabarger is the new school system’s food supervisor who is taking the place of Jean Caton who is retiring. Jennifer Briscoe will become the middle school cafeteria manager, the position that Fronabarger formerly held.
Victoria Dye will become the primary school cafeteria assistant manager, taking the place of Emily Smith who resigned.
The employment of first grade teacher Amanda Stockdale was acknowledged. Lisa Todd is retiring from that position.
The 2019-2020 school calendar was approved.
In talking about WestTeach, Connell said she was one of 12 teachers from across West Tennessee that was a member of the program.
“The mission of WestTeach is to engage and equip West Tennessee teachers with tools and leadership skills for success in and outside the classroom,” she said.
The group toured industries to learn what their current needs are in the work force. They also toured schools and community outreach programs in five different cities to learn how they are currently working on improving the lives of children and their education.
She said the experience has confirmed each student’s experience during high school not only prepares them for school but also the workforce. She said that she has to understand what the county’s industries and businesses need in Carroll County to better help the students set goals and reach them.
“This experience has been priceless with the contacts I have made as well as experiences,” she said. “I have learned there are so many more resources within just a few miles from Carroll County.”
Three school board policies were amended.
A School Board Meeting Policy says school board meetings may now be electronically produced as necessary so board members may attend by electronic means.
“We do a good job of all board members meeting, but if anyone is away it would be useful,” said board member Tim Tucker.
A Safety Board Policy now says that the director of schools shall provide the local law enforcement agency with all safety and security plans.
A District Water Testing Policy now says that all district facilities built before Jan. 1, 1998 must be tested for lead in drinking water every two years.
One Travel Regulation was amended.
Lodging rates of not more than $199 per night were changed to say the best rate available when Central Office staff members have to stay overnight in a large city. Dillahunty said hotel rates have increased and are now more than $199 a night.
The school calendar for 2019-2020 was adopted.
The first day of school will be a half-day Aug. 5. The last day of the first semester is Dec. 19. The second semester begins Jan. 7 and ends May 7.
After six days missed for inclement weather, the following days may be used for makeup days. They include Feb. 17, April 6, 7, 8, and 9.
The grading periods are nine weeks.
During the meeting, the board gave notice to discuss the director of schools’ contract at the 7 p.m. Jan. 17 meeting.