Personnel decisions begin

Oneonta City Board of Education

With a looming budget crunch, the Oneonta City Board of Education made several personnel moves including accepting resignations from faculty and support personnel at Monday night’s meeting.

Resignations were accepted from high school teacher and bus driver Danny Cox, Child Nutrition Program employee Martha Tawbush, and copy room/school store aide Michael Gilliland.

In addition, the board accepted the resignation of high school cheerleader sponsor Brenda Nash (from sponsor duties, she will remain employed as a teacher) and appointed Rhonda Gibbs to take her place.

Finally, the board assigned Sharon Blackwood and Jill Amberson to share the duty of sponsor for the junior cheerleaders.

The board began the meeting by retiring to an executive session with system attorney J.R. Brooks to “discuss possible litigation that could result if the board continues on its present course of action” according to board president Bill Burdette.

After returning from the session, the board:

•learned from superintendent Jack Housch that system financial officer Kathy Loggins would be attending a briefing in Birmingham today (Wednesday) and could find out how much money the system can expect to receive from the stimulus plan. Housch advised the board that a work session could be scheduled as early as next week to review the anticipated funding package.

•authorized Housch to negotiate with the Blount County Commission for a settlement related to auto sales tax receipts that were collected by the county from 1998 through 2008 but not forwarded on to the system.

•accepted two out-of-district students for next year. The two students currently attend Oneonta but have moved out of the district.

•approved a facility-use request from World Outreach Center for Eris Horton Auditorium for Saturday, April 11, and Sunday, April 12.

•received an update from teacher Shannon Jones regarding a field trip to Camp Cosby taken by 82 students in the sixth grade.

•approved a summer school plan. Oneonta will be the host this year in the ongoing rotation between the system and the county.

•heard an update on the title I program from coordinator Phyllis Shirley.

Finally, the board received an update from Housch and Loggins on the system’s fiscal 2008 audit. The board learned that there were no major discrepancies and no instances of noncompliance in the audit – all in all, a clean audit, according to Housch. The board unanimously accepted the audit without comment.

The board also received the proposed 2009-2010 school calendar. No action was taken but the board is expected to vote on the calendar at the April meeting.

Present at the March 20 meeting were board members Cindy Tidwell, Winston Scott, Bill Burdette, Geoff Smith, and Robbie McAlpine, Housch, Loggins, Jones, Shirley, board secretary Charlotte Vick, high school principal Keith Bender, and several visitors.

The next board meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m. but a work session could be set as early as next week.