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Longtime Barrow principal retires

BOE approves resignation of HMMS head Sheila Kahrs

POSTED: August 27, 2014 1:00 p.m.

The Barrow County School District isn’t done hiring administrators or other staff for the just-begun school year.

At Tuesday night’s work session and called board meeting the board members approved the resignations of Haymon-Morris Middle Principal Sheila Kahrs and Bear Creek Middle Assistant Principal John McKay.

Both are retiring.

For Haymon-Morris, it means finding the school’s second ever principal, as Kahrs opened the school in 2005. She was also the MetLife/NASSP National Middle School Principal of the Year for 2010.

The board will likely also be hiring three new clinical workers after board members agreed to put the motion on the consent agenda for next Tuesday’s board meeting.

If approved, it would add 72,995.45 to the previously approved general fund budget for fiscal year 2015, not much different than the original proposal, brought to the board in the spring, to add one extra school nurse to the 11 currently employed by the system.

At the time board members asked administrators to look into an alternate scenario that would prevent any clinic in one of the 16 traditional schools to be unmanned by specifically-trained, devoted staff at any time barring an illness to staff.

The proposal would do that, leaving only Snodon Preparatory School and the new Sims Academy without a full time clinic worker.

"We do think this is a critical need," noted Matt Thompson, director of student services, when bringing the proposal before the board. "Every school would have a nurse or clinic worker manning the clinic at all times except for at Sims and Snodon."

Currently the district employs 11 school nurses, eight of whom are full time at the elementary schools while the other three split time between a middle and high school or two middles. If passed, the proposal would allow for three clinical workers (which could be Certified Medical Assistants or similarly trained staff) to pair with the nurses and cycle between the two schools opposite of the nurses.

It would mean that, barring illness, front office staff would be able to return to solely focusing on their main jobs and not having to administer medications or other roles they currently are required to do at times, Thompson said.

"It takes pressure of the office staff," he said.

Thompson added that the district would assess the situations at Snodon (which has the lowest enrollment) and Sims (where students only go half time) to determine the needs of those school’s clinics for future years.



The board put a number of items on the consent agenda for next Tuesday in addition to the clinic worker proposal, but members did vote on one item.

Due to football season beginning at home Friday at Winder-Barrow High, the board approved the district to spend up to $20,170.17 to the Michael Well Company to install an irrigation well and pumping station at the school in order to more effectively water the fields.



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