Interim director’s contract approved

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William Abston, front center, asks a question during the Tuesday, Feb. 9 regular monthly meeting. Listening are, top row from left, School Board member Larry Looper, Interim Director of Schools Donnie Holman, School Board Chairman Jarman Hicks, School Board members Wayne Taylor and Bruce Hudgens, front row, School Board members Ricky Dodson, Mike Hayes, and Mike Gilpatrick and Dolphus Dial.

By Dewain E. Peek,

OCN Editor

Overton County Board of Education approved a contract for Interim Director of Schools Donnie Holman during the regular monthly meeting held Tuesday, Feb. 9.

Ricky Dodson made the motion to approve the contract, and Mitchell Stonecipher seconded.

William Abston asked, “His salary is going to be comparable to the previous director?”

“It will be comparable, yes,” Chairman Jarman Hicks answered. “It is not an exact, but it is comparable. That’s the recommendation from Mr. Cagle, our attorney.”

The contract was unaimously approved on a voice vote.

The next item was approval of FFCRA COVID-19 local extension.

Interim Director Holman explained that through Family First Coronavirus Relief Act, teachers and staff were given 10 days that could be used for coronavirus quarantine and would not count against their sick days.

“So, if they were quarantined or tested positive, they have 10 days they could use,” Holman said. “That ended at the end of the year, on December 31st. But what this would do, would extend that to March 31st.”

This does not give 10 additional days.

“That will ensure that everyone does get 10 days altogether,” Holman clarified.

Those who have already used 10 days for COVID-19 isolation do not have any more days.

Abston said he would like the school system to go further, saying that if employees must stay home because of contact, and they may have this happen multiple times, then the school district should pay them.

Chairman Hicks noted, “It is retroactive to January the 1st.”

Larry Looper made the motion to approve, Dolphus Dial seconded, and all voted to approve the extension.

Allison Hull’s resignation was accepted, effective January 21, 2021.

Jan Bettis’ resignation was accepted, effective December 7, 2020.

Denise Robinson’s resignation was accepted, effective December 15, 2020.

Medical leave extension was granted to Kerri Aldridge from November 3, 2020 to May 28, 2021.

Krishenna Mullins was granted leave of absence from February 1, 2021 to May 25, 2021.

Medical leave extension was granted to Kaye Killman from July 15, 2020 to April 5, 2021.

Fleet vehicle bids from Cooper Motor Company were approved at a bid price of $103,719 for three vehicles. Two trucks and an SUV will be purchased, and the price includes delivery.

Minutes of the January 12, 2021 School Board meeting were approved.

A double-oven from Douglas Equipment was approved for Livingston Academy at $10,100.67.

Quarterly reports were approved.

The last item to be voted on was an extended contract with ENA.

“Our internet service provider is ENA,” Director Holman explained, “and we have been paying them a monthly fee each year. But if we will sign a multi-year agreement with them, they will quadruple the amount of instructional bandwidth that we have.”

He said teachers are concerned with online assessments.

“We shouldn’t have any problem with bandwidth,” Holman said of the new three-year agreement, which is at the same price.

Mike Gilpatrick said, “We’ve had ENA for quite some time and they’ve always been ‘Johnny On The Spot’. So they have a good track record with it.”

He then made the motion to approve the multi-year contract. Mitchell Stonecipher seconded. All voted aye.

The meeting adjourned.