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On top of searching for two new principals, the Marion County Board of Education is searching for a new school board member, too.
Board Vice Chairman Ed Hacker announced on July 11, immediately following the hiring of Taylora Schlosser as superintendent, that he would be resigning from the Marion County Board of Education. He said his daughter, Tammy Newcome, was going to apply for a position with the school district, and in order for her to have an opportunity to be hired, Hacker couldn’t be on the school board per state law. Newcome was hired to be the instructional supervisor on Tuesday, July 16.
John Thompson, the Kentucky Department of Education’s designee for local board member appointments, said the vacant board position would be advertised in The Lebanon Enterprise the weeks of Aug. 26 and Sept. 2.
People in district three who want to apply need to have their applications postmarked by Sept. 10. District three includes people in the following voting precincts: Depot, Jessietown and Raywick.
If two or more people apply for the seat, the next step will be to schedule interviews with all qualified applicants. A committee, made up of current and former school board members and educational administrators from other counties, will interview all applicants. Once interviews are complete, the committee will make a recommendation to the Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday, Ph.D.
If two or more people don’t apply, the position will have to be advertised again for two weeks, which will start the entire process all over again.
“We take the most time we need to find the best person,” Thompson said.
The vacant seat should be filled by the first two weeks of October, if all goes well, according to Thompson.
The person who is selected will finish the remainder of Hacker’s four-year term, which will end in January of 2015.
SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS’ TERMS
• DeLane Pinkston - District one
Pinkston's seat will be up for election in November of 2015. District one includes the following voting precincts: Gravel Switch, Bradfordsville, Glasscock School and fire department.
• Michael Mullins - District two
Mullins' seat will be up for election in November of 2014. District two includes the following voting precincts: Courthouse, Hamilton Heights and Calvary voting precincts.
• Vacant seat (formerly was Ed Hacker) - District three
The district three seat will be up for election in November of 2014. District three includes the following voting precincts: Depot, Jessietown and Raywick.
• Mike Cecil - District four
Cecil's seat will be up for election in November of 2015. District four includes the following voting precincts: St. Charles, Loretto, St. Francis and Holy Cross.
• Bernard Miles - District five
Miles' seat will be up for election in November of 2015. District five includes the following voting precincts: Library, Rolling Hills and Centre Square.
SCHOOL BOARD BRIEFS
During the Marion County Board of Education meeting July 23, board members:
• Declared 57 Marion County High School classroom doors (43 years old) as surplus to the needs of the Marion County Public School District. The board also voted to donate the doors to the Lebanon/Marion County Fire Department for training purposes.
• Accepted a donation of a Marion County Youth Soccer Organization storage building to Lebanon Elementary School.
• Accepted a Wal-Mart Art Grant award, in the amount of $1,500, to West Marion Elementary School.
• Approved a Ronya & George Kormetsky Foundation (RGK) grant application, for A.C. Glasscock Elementary school literacy program, in the amount of $4,500. If awarded, this grant will be used to purchase two laptops and multiple books to re-start the literacy program for grades four and five.
• Approved a National Education Association (NEA) Literacy grant application for A.C. Glasscock Elementary School literacy program, in the amount of $5,000. If awarded, this grant will be used to purchase eight laptops and charging stations, along with 23 book sets for grades four and five.
• Approved a Lowes Toolbox for Education grant application for West Marion Elementary School. If awarded, this grant could be up to $5,000. The grant will be used for grounds beautification, benches and a shade structure.
Board members were notified about the following personnel matters:
• Appointment of Michelle Moore as a teacher at Lebanon Middle School.
• Appointment of Ana Blanquer as a teacher at Marion County High School.
• Acceptance of resignation of Sheila Hardin as a speech therapist, effective July 3.
• Acceptance of resignation of Lee Ann Divine as principal at Glasscock Elementary School, effective July 15.
• Appointment of the following as instructors for the A.C. Glasscock Elementary/Calvary Elementary FRC program, $20 per hour, FRC funds, as needed for the 2013-14 school year: Charlotte Benningfield, Misty Kehm, Danielle Marks, Danny Marks and Casey Mattingly.
• Appointment of John Brady as interim principal at A.C. Glasscock Elementary School, effective July 15.
• Appointment of Buffy Mann as principal at St. Charles Middle School effective July 15.
• Appointment of Lindsey Muncie as an instructional assistant at Calvary Elementary School.
• Appointment of Krystal Gootee as an instructional assistant for the FRC Summer Program at Lebanon Elementary School, regular hourly rate, as needed, FRC funds, effective July 29.