1/12/2018 1:11:00 PM Jackson School Board begins 2018 with contract extension for Superintendent Howard Harless to continue as president, McDonald as VP
The Jackson City Schools Board of Education officially kicked off 2018 with numerous items of business, including the approval of a five-year contract extension for Superintendent Phil Howard, during the Tuesday, Jan. 9 meeting. Pictured above (seated) from the left are Treasurer Rachel Strawser, President Kim Harless and board member Alyce Smith. Shown standing from the left are Superintendent Phil Howard and board members Pat McDonald, Dr. Brian Morris and Brian Moore. (Telegram Photo By Phillip Buffington)
Though it was not a long one, the first meeting of 2018 for the Jackson City Schools Board of Education saw a number of things accomplished, including the approval of a five-year contract extension for Superintendent Phil Howard.
During the Tuesday night, Jan. 9 meeting, following the approval of his contract extension, Howard expressed his gratitude to the board.
"I want to thank the board for your confidence in the contract extension," Howard said. "I appreciate everything that you guys do and the way we all work together for the betterment of the students in our district."
Taking that same sentiment a bit further, Howard also stated January is School Board Appreciation Month. In light of this, Howard presented each board member with a framed certificate recognizing their service to the district. He described each board member as "active and involved," and expressed his appreciation for the relationship -- both collectively and individually -- he has with each of them.
The first meeting for 2018 also saw the selection of a president and vice president. One nomination each was made for the two spots, with last year's president Kim Harless being selected to continue on in that role, and Pat McDonald being selected to serve as vice president.
In other business
The board approved the resignations of Betty Hoops (bus driver) effective June 30, 2018; Curtis Linder (assistant boys' track coach); V. Lynn Starkey (teacher) effective at the end of the 2017-18 school year; and Douglas Wooten (boys' head track coach).
The following volunteers were approved for the noted positions for the 2017-18 school year: Rickie Blake II (cleaning person), Keri Fox (attendant/lunchroom attendant/clerical/cook/cashier), Dulcie LeBlanc (lunchroom attendant), Beverly McGowan (cook/cashier), Jody Minner (cook/cashier), Amy Moore (cook I/cook II/cashier), and Diana Pierpont (attendant/lunchroom attendant/clerical/cook/cashier).
Cassidy Simon was approved for hire as a Site Assistant with the Latchkey Program for the 2017-18 school year on an as-needed basis at a rate of $10.50 an hour.
The board approved the adoption of the 2018-19 school calendar.
The board resolved to participate in the Ohio School Boards Association's Legal Assistance Fund for calendar year 2018 at a cost of $250.
A plan for the identification and service of children who are gifted was approved by the board.
The creation of the Jackson Education Fund was approved.
Prior to the start of the regular meeting, board members held an organizational meeting, at which time they decided to once again hold meetings on the second Tuesday of each month, beginning at 7 p.m. in Room 110 at Jackson High School. The next meeting is set for Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m.