Oneonta School Board begins superintendent search, handles re-employment matters



Oneonta Supt. Scott Coefield chairs his last board meeting before his resignation and departure to Pelham City Schools. The board Monday night accepted his resignation, effective May 31.

Oneonta Supt. Scott Coefield chairs his last board meeting before his resignation and departure to Pelham City Schools. The board Monday night accepted his resignation, effective May 31.

The Oneonta School Board accepted the resignation of outgoing superintendent Scott Coefield Monday evening, and approved the hiring of Smiley Veal on an interim basis until a new superintendent is in place. Veal is a former superintendent of the Oneonta School System.

The Board handled four other items of business:

•approved Coefield’s personnel recommendations for the coming school year

•set in motion the search process for a new permanent superintendent

•viewed Coefield’s presentation of the budget for the upcoming school year with items requiring special attention highlighted

•elected school board officers, with president Don Maples and vice-president Ricky Hicks both re-elected to their positions.

Personnel recommendations
The board approved hiring new teachers:
•Terre Powell, middle school language arts
•Meghan Kilgo, high school science
•Idania Gonzales, high school foreign
language.

Approved re-employing certified personnel without tenure:
Second year:
•Hannah Cornelius, kindergarten
•Vanna Killough, 1st grade
•J.D. Whited, elementary school physical
education
•Jennifer Woods, 1st grade
•Matthew Lambert, high school in-school
suspension
•Michelle Patrick, high school science
•Donna Avery, high school English
•Terri Hubauer, high school librarian

First year:
•Jake Hibbs, high school math
•Dan Bell, 6th grade reading
•Brad Mitchell, 7th grade math
•Renee Tibbs, 8th grade math
•Beth Hypes, 3rd grade reading
•Approved re-employing support staff
granting non-probationary status:
•Carina Garcia, child nutrition program
•Jared Samples, mechanic/maintenance
•Adrianna Espinosa, English language
learner.

Approved re-employing support staff,
remaining on probationary status:
Second year:
•Robert Smith, bus driver
•Darrell Turley, bus driver
•Rachel Jimerson, child nutrition program

First year:
•Keith Hullett, maintenance
•Tom Alden, bus driver

•Approved re-assigning Julie Talton’s
duties from technology and curriculum coordinator to elementary school assistant principal/ technology coordinator
•Approved salary schedules of custodial
staff, reflecting an added hour of work per day
•Approved employing Heidi Chambers as
secondary curriculum and technology integration specialist
•Approved maternity leave for Sara Towns
•Approved resignation of high school
teacher Brandon Brooks.

Superintendent search

The board provided a revised timeline for the search and hiring process for a new superintendent. The board will work through the Alabama Association of School Boards to identify candidates to interview. Important benchmark dates are as follows: advertise position – May 15; online community survey – May 15 – 25; application deadline – June 27; screen applicants and select finalists – July 2; conduct finalist interviews – July 14 – 18; check references, conduct site visits, negotiate contract – July 21- Aug. 1; new superintendent start date – Sept. 2. The online community survey will solicit feedback from the public on relevant areas affecting the hiring process such as types of experience desired in a new superintendent, level of education and background desired, as well as the perception of significant issues facing the school system.