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School board approves hires, transfers

The Lonoke School Board met Monday night in a special meeting to make employment decisions for the 2013-14 school year, which begins Aug. 19.

Prior to making the hires, the board voted to adjust the salary schedule for the district’s food service director.

“Since we don’t have a food service director at this time, I wanted to compare others … we contacted other 4A schools and we felt that our salary was out of line,” Lonoke superintendent Suzanne Bailey said. “We are requesting that it be more in line. It just requires board approval.”

The previous salary schedule for food service director started at $44,559.11. The new schedule starts at $27,500.

There were three transfers from within the district.

•Dean Campbell: from middle school to primary school dean of students.

•Drake Widener: continue to teach med-pro and be dean of students at CORE in place of physical education at the primary school.

•Andrew Duncan: from middle school EAST facilitator to elementary dean of students and AV facilitator.

Two hires were made at the primary school.

•Rhina Reyes Odom, pre-kindergarten.

•Carrie Mitchell, kindergarten.

Two hires were made at the elementary school.

•Lauren Landers, fourth grade.

•Stephanie Price, media specialist (librarian).

Valerie Hooten was hired as eighth grade keyboarding and career orientation teacher.

Six hires were made at the high school.

•Teresa Hardy, receptionist.

•Bridget Mills, geometry.

•Taggart Moore, social studies, high school assistant football coach and assistant baseball coach. This is contingent on the release of his contract from the Marion School District.

•Darrick Lowery, head junior high football coach.

•Phillip King, science, CORE and junior high assistant football coach. This is contingent on the release of his contract from the Blytheville School District.

•Chris Bailey, junior high assistant football coach. He will continue to teach sixth grade math. This will relieve Heath Swiney from his football duties; Swiney will continue to coach softball and basketball.

The board also hired Elen Smith as food service director, replacing Sue Roedel, whose contract was not renewed in June.

The board also hired Kelly Paro as medical assistant at CORE and Tim Ward as a bus driver.

The board approved the resignation of Pamela Ivey, high school paraprofessional.

School board members attending the meeting were Darrell Park, Rick Pennington, Matt Boyles and Mike Brown.

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