Oneonta school board votes bonus for school employees

As the last item of business in Monday evening’s meeting of the Oneonta City Board of Education, board member Don Maples moved to grant a “one time salary adjustment” – in effect a Christmas bonus – for employees of Oneonta City Schools. The board approved it unanimously. “They deserve more than that,” Maples said softly after the motion passed.

According to the motion, all certified employees will receive a bonus of $150. All other employees will receive a bonus of $100.

The action followed after an observation made by Superintendent Michael Douglas to the effect that all the employees of the system were due thanks for their joint effort leading to students’ excellent performance on the 2016 ACT test. He singled out bus drivers for special praise, contrasting their performance with that of drivers in other systems struck by a recent spate of tragic, and perhaps preventable, bus accidents involving student injuries and fatalities.

In other business, the board considered the following superintendent’s recommendations, and approved:

• employment of Cory Glasscock as new high school social studies teacher, effective Jun. 3, 2017.

• reassignment of Nicholas Riley from girls soccer coach to JV softball coach for the 2016-2017 school year.

• assignment of Angela Davidson as girls soccer coach for 2016-2017.

• appointment of Drew White as volunteer assistant wrestling coach for the 2016-2017 school year.

• employment of Shelia Butts for a custodial position effective Dec. 1, 2016, for the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year.

• new board policy 706.2 on Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention.

• the district school library Media Center Policies and Procedures Manual.

• use of the auditorium by the Blount County Fraternal Order of Police.

• Title 1 Parental Involvement Plan.