By Dewain E. Peek,
Donnie Holman is “Interim Director” no more. Overton County Board of Education hired him as Director of Schools in the regular monthly meeting held Tuesday, July 13.
The action was taken after the School Board had approved the minutes of the June 22, 2021 meeting and also “Executive Action” and “Consent Agenda” items on the night’s agenda
In Executive Action, a lower cost Twin Lakes telephone service plan from 56 current outgoing phone lines to 30 outgoing phone lines were approved. Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) will be used.
In Consent Agenda items, Ivy Cummings’ letter of resignation as instructor at Livingston Middle School was accepted, effective June 16, 2021.
Joshua Danner’s letter of resignation as instructor at Allons Elementary was accepted, effective June 29, 2021.
Courtney Anderson’s letter of resignation as cheer coach at Wilson Elementary was accepted, effective June 28, 2021.
With those items taken care of, the first item in new business was to “Approve Overton County Director of Schools Contract of Employment between Dr. Donnie Holman and the Overton County Board of Education”.
“This contract was supplied in your packet,” School Board Chairman Jarman Hicks said to the School Board members. “It was drafted by members of the Board. It was reviewed by the Board attorney.”
He asked Holman if the contract was acceptable.
“Yes, it is,” Homan answered.
Chairman Hicks then asked for a motion, and the motion was made by Wayne Taylor, and was then seconded by Mitchell Stonecipher.
“All in favor, please indicate by saying, aye,” Chairman Hicks instructed.
“Ayes” were voiced.
“Is there any that oppose?” Chairman Hicks asked.
School Board member William Abston asked if a roll call vote was needed because it was a hire.
“No, we don’t,” Chairman Hicks said. “The minutes just have to note that each individual Board member voted yes.”
Chairman Hicks then offered to call for a roll call vote if they wanted to, but no Board member asked for it.
Director Holman’s contract runs from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2025, at a yearly amount of $95,983.
Second reading approval was given for the following School Board policies: 1.8011 Emergency Closings; 2.806 Bids and Quotations; 3.205 Security; 3.211 New Project Planning; 3.220 Access to Private Facilities; 4.101 Instructional Standards; 4.204 Summer Instructional Programs; 4.205 Enrollment in Advanced Courses; 4.213 Family Life Education; 4.301 Interscholastic Athletics; 4.605 Graduation Requirements; 4.700 Testing Programs; 5.106 Application and Employment; 5.802 Qualifications and Duties of the Director of Schools; 5.117 Teacher Tenure; 5.200 Separation Practices for Tenured Teachers; 5.201 Separation Practices for Non-Tenured Teachers; 6.200 Attendance; 6.202 Home Schools; 6.319 Alternative Education; 6.402 Physical Examinations and Immunizations; 6.300 Code of Conduct; and 6.306 Interference/Disruption of School Activities.
Approval was given for 2020-2021 Title IIA Revision #3, 2020-2021 IDEA Part B Revision #3, and 2020-2021 Carl Perkins Revision #4.
Special recognition was given for School Board members Diane Sadler and Larry Looper, who have died during this current school year while serving on the School board.
A work session was held after the meeting adjourned, and School Board member Mike Hayes suggested negotiating with Dr. Larry Mason for the purchase of 23.23 acres to give access to Allred Street should new sports facilities be built in the future.
Chairman Hicks gave Hayes authority to negotiate in his place along with Director Holman.
Before the work session closed, Chairman Hicks informed the Board that the school system’s fleet vehicle order has been cancelled because of supply delays.