Monday’s meeting of the Greenfield Exempted Village School District Board of Education began amid the dwindling sounds of the open house at Greenfield Elementary as students and parents gathered to meet teachers and get kids a little more ready for Wednesday’s first day back to school for students.
Board member Marilyn Mitchell in the meeting said the “kids are ready and the teachers are getting ready.”
Not only have teachers been in their classrooms in recent days, but across the district on Tuesday teachers were also scheduled to participate in training, superintendent Joe Wills said.
Also discussed was the upcoming 100-year celebration for McClain set for Sept. 4-6, as board members will be a part of activities during the three-day celebration event.
It was announced at a previous Greenfield school board meeting that Edward Lee and Lulu McClain’s granddaughter and her children will travel from Georgia to attend the centennial celebration.
For more information about McClain and the activities planned for Labor Day weekend, go to mcclain100.org. A full schedule of events can also be found on the website.
In other business, a consent agenda item approved by board members was that the board of education would not provide career and technical education for seventh and eighth grades.
Wills said the state in the spring recommended that districts offer such “career pathways,” but the ability to be able to do so or not came down to staffing, he said.
The superintendent added that if districts were not going to provide the career path education, that a resolution saying as much had to come before the board, hence Monday night’s consent agenda item.
Despite the district not making the offering this year, Wills said it’s something the board is looking into and is hoping to be able to provide for next school year.
In other business, recently retired high school science teacher Tim Gossett was rehired.
According to Wills, after Gossett’s retirement earlier this year, the position was advertised for and the administration went through a couple months of interviews, but it was determined that Gossett “was the most qualified.”
“In the end, we felt he was what was best for students,” Wills said.
In July’s meeting of the board, all the required “retire/rehire language” was addressed and a public hearing held, which was also required, Wills said.
On Monday, Gossett was among those recommended for employment to the board.
Also among the recommendations for employment approved by the board were Samantha Rayburn, bus driver; Dawn Stapleton, aide; Brenda Peabody, aide/monitor; Linda Parrish, aide/monitor, cafeteria; Denise Bode, clerical, aide/monitor, cafeteria; April Voshall, clerical, aide/monitor, cafeteria; Jennifer Highley, clerical, aide/monitor, cafeteria; Alisa Barrett, Rainsboro technology aide; Valerie Hawvermale, sophomore class advisor; Glenna Rowe, substitute teacher; Howard Zody, volunteer football assistant; Neal Decker, football assistant.
The next regular meeting of the Greenfield Exempted Village School District Board of Education will be held at Rainsboro Elementary on Sept. 21 at 7 p.m.
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