Teacher suspended; discussion continues on traffic flow

During last week’s meeting, the Oneonta City Board of Education continued discussion on the traffic flow topic after first focusing on personnel issues.

A five-day suspension of teacher Joy Majors was approved when the board reconvened after an executive session to discuss the matter.

Supt. Scott Coefield says Majors displayed unprofessional behavior on more than one occasion which led to her suspension without pay.

Previously, school boards could only suspend with pay, however, after the Students First Act, a law passed last year, boards are given the right to suspend teachers without pay for up to 20 days, according to Coefield.

The date of the suspension is at the discretion of the superintendent.

In other personnel business, the board approved Kathleen Henderson as an instructional aide for special education and approved the 2013-2014 coaching assignments, volunteers, and supplements.

The board agreed to contracts with Debra Hicks and Janie Smith as psychometrists, Kristal Moman for occupational therapy, Lindsey Yarbrough as an occupational therapy assistant, and Linda Tidwell for homebound services.

The board went on to approve non-resident students for Oneonta Middle and High School, awarded bid to Barber’s for milk, School Messenger as vendor to provide rapid alert notification system, purchase of end-of-course tests from ACT, student handbook for all three schools, and bus/vehicle insurance awarded to Jim Murphree Insurance Agency.

Afterward, the board continued their discussion on traffic flow. Members stated that cost and time constraints were both issues in deciding how to proceed.

“We have made some progress,” Coefield said after the meeting. “There is going to be resealing and painting of the high school parking lot and changes to the entrances and parking spaces. Parents and students will see slight differences. There will be some barricades up and wheel stops will be placed in parking spaces with some spring-back posts put in some areas as well.”

According to Coefield, the elementary and middle school parents will still be dropping off their children in the front loop, as in the past. He did ask the public for patience as the changes begin to take place.

On Monday, the resealing process began. Coefield says the board will still be contemplating how to finish the rest of the traffic flow plan, but currently they are focusing on one part at a time.

“We do have a campus-wide plan that has four areas of concentration,” he said. “The high school phase is the first and we are negotiating the others. We had a traffic flow consultant come out and we conducted a master plan from that. Now, we are trying to implement it.”

Present at the meeting were Coefield and board members Don Maples, Kitty Cheek, Geoff Smith, Ricky Hicks, and Jimmy Stewart.