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School Board Gives Nod to Administrative Recommendations

July 1, 2008

By Tiffany Shirlety, News-Topic, Lenoir, N.C.

Jul. 1–A new school year will bring a new face to the Caldwell County School System, along with some familiar ones.

During a special session Monday night, the Board of Education approved three administrative recommendations.

The retirement of Donnie Bassinger, effective June 30, left a vacancy for the position of associate superintendent of auxiliary services for Caldwell County Schools. The board unanimously approved Dr. Jeff Church to fill the position.

“Jeff Church is a Caldwell County institution,” said Caldwell County Schools Superintendent Dr. Steve Stone. “Certainly he will do well in this job. It’s important to have someone (like Church) who already has a working knowledge of the county.”

Church previously has served as a special education teacher and assistant principal at West Caldwell High School and principal at Gateway Alternative School. Since July 2002, Church has served as principal at Hudson Middle School, and he recently earned his doctorate from Gardner-Webb University. His two-year contract will begin Aug. 1. Stone said the position for a new principal at Hudson Middle School will be posted immediately and hopefully will be filled by mid-July.

The board also unanimously approved Katrina Watson to take on the position as director of high school education for Caldwell County Schools. Watson currently serves as Hibriten High School’s assistant principal for curriculum, and Stone said that experience will pay off in her new role.

“(Katrina Watson) has a strong curriculum background, which is certainly a positive in this position” Stone said. “She has strong leadership skills, and she will be missed at Hibriten.”

Watson’s two-year contract will take effect Aug. 1. The director of high school education is one of three created from the restructuring and phasing out of the curriculum consultant positions. In May, the board approved Stephen Martin as director of elementary education and Shawn Clemons as director of middle school education.

With the approval of Martin as director of elementary education, the board voted Monday night for Andrew Miller to fill the vacancy for principal of Granite Falls Elementary School.

Miller has served as principal at Penderlea School in Willard (Pender County) since 2004, and Stone said the Appalachian State University and University of North Carolina at Charlotte graduate is looking forward to moving to Caldwell County.

“The committee was very impressed with (Miller), as was I,” Stone said. “It was important to have someone with elementary experience who is able to relate to kids and teachers. He has a proven track record in success in schools.”

Other items on the agenda included:

âⓚÂӚ¢ A budget amendment to the Capital Outlay Fund in the amount of $8,800 to appropriate additional funds for activity bus purchase.

âⓚÂӚ¢ A budget amendment to the Child Nutrition Fund in the amount of $38,000 to appropriate USDA Summer Eating funds.

âⓚÂӚ¢ A budget amendment to the State Public School Fund for the appropriation of reimbursement for the new yellow bus expense in the amount of $811, appropriation of textbook funds for the Early College in the amount of $18,816 and transfers within the State program codes in the amount of $95,772.

âⓚÂӚ¢ A budget amendment to the Local Current Expense Fund to record the appropriation of additional ROTC funds in the amount of $18,200, and to appropriate additional Bible Course funds in the amount of $10,300.

âⓚÂӚ¢ A budget amendment to the Federal Grants Fund in the amount of $3,056 to record changes and adjustments to Federal Grants by the Department of Public Instruction and the Program Administrators.

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