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BOE hires teachers, administrators

District still has 2 open positions in the executive cabinet to address

POSTED: May 28, 2014 1:00 p.m.

The Barrow County School District just went on a hiring spree, but to fill out the executive cabinet they’ve likely got a few hires to go.

The board of education Tuesday night approved 40 new teachers and two assistant principals while also approving the resignations of 11 teachers as well as a member of the executive cabinet: Executive director of human resources Sherri Freeman.

The new hires included new assistant principals at Bramlett Elementary and Russell Middle to fill the voids left when each of the school’s former APs moved into the principal role.

At Bramlett, Lynne Hamilton was approved to replace Karen Dowis, who took over as principal for the retiring Cindy Propst.

At Russell, Matthew Donahoe takes the position previously held by Paul DeFoor, who was recently approved as the new principal to replace Leigh Sears, who is taking a job with a regional education agency.

While there are still a number of faculty positions available in the district, the two administrators hires solve, at least for the time being, the question of who will be the administrators at each school for the upcoming school year.

The remaining members of the executive cabinet, new superintendent Chris McMichael and other directors within the system are still working to determine how best to proceed with filling out the executive cabinet, which is now two positions short of what it was prior to the end of the school year.

Options to fill McMichael’s position, that of executive director of student services for the high schools, are being discussed and the role may be changed some for whoever fills the spot – if it is directly filled at all. Staff members hope to have a plan in place in the coming weeks.

Now there’s also the question of filling the role of Freeman, who headed up the HR department
under former superintendent Wanda Creel.

At current the executive cabinet consists of assistant superintendent Ken Greene, director of business services Chris Griner and executive director of student services for elementary/middle Jan Masingill.


Consent agenda

The board placed 16 items on the consent agenda which will be voted on at Tuesday’s board meeting.

The highlight is the tentative budget for all other funds, which if approved at the meeting would be voted on for final approval – along with the general fund budget – at the June 24 work session and called board meeting.

The budget has to be approved by June 30 by state law.

The biggest piece of the budget is capital expenses, which accounts for $25.1 million. Most of that money is going to finishing the Sims Academy of Innovation and Technology, starting work on the new Russell Middle, and renovations at Yargo and Bramlett Elementaries.

Also on the consent agenda is a proposal to fund three clinical workers for the high school and middle schools which would enable all school clinics to be manned by someone with medical experience at all times.

The proposal for the three clinical workers would lower the anticipated end-of-year fund balance for the next fiscal year to 7,785,000 – an $81,000 impact.



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Taxpayer: May 28, 2014 2:28 p.m.

This article doesn't mention the item where the BOC awarded a contract to Georgia Power to save energy. This despite a planned 11% rate increase coming down the pike. A company like Siemens was thrown aside, despite some great things they've been doing in Georgia. See the link below on an 11Alive news story.



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