Board makes personnel changes in Monday meeting

Personnel matters took up most of the time of a called meeting of the Demopolis City Board of Education Monday, including adjusting the salaries of those who have taken over interim positions at Demopolis High and Demopolis Middle schools.

In addition Supt. Kyle Kallhoff asked board members to meet on Feb. 2 to consider his recommendation for the DHS football coach.

At the end of the meeting Kallhoff said the school board had received more than 50 applications for the coaching position. After vetting and interviews, the top candidates’ resumes are being reviewed by parents and stakeholders.

Salaries were adjusted to reflect the administrative positions assumed Jan. 2 by three employees. They will receive the salary designated for their interim positions cut in half since they will be serving half the school year.

Blaine Hathcock, the interim DHS principal, will receive a supplement of $4,862; Rollie McCall, interim DMS principal, $2,846.50, and Tracey Stewart, interim assistant principal for DMS, $3,657.50.

Approved for conditional employment were:

  • Judith Moore, Westside Elementary Special Education teacher, filling a vacancy.
  • Andrea Turberville, U.S. Jones Elementary, filling the vacancy left by Stewart.
  • Hannah Shirley, DHS science teacher, extended through the second semester.
  • Jessica Henson, WES lunchroom worker, filling a vacancy.

Substitute teacher approved were Moore, Donna Dodson and Donna Hoven.

Other personnel action included:

  • Updating the expected return date of Barbara Wallace to April 24, per medical certification.
  • Hiring Dodson as long-term substitute for maternity leave Pre-K at WES..
  • Ciera James, WES lunchroom worker, employment termination.

The board also approved advertising for a DHS Band Director for the 2017-2018 school year and for a cafeteria worker position.

In the only other action taken Monday, the board approved the rental of the DHS gymnasium Jan. 13 and 14 by Ross Martial Arts and Fitness Academy.

Board member Jim Stanford voted for the rental but questioned the $150 rental fee as being too low. He said the board needs to address the rental fees for all venues on school property.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the board will be Monday, Jan. 23, since the usual date falls on Martin Luther King Day.