At least five Calhoun teachers and one service worker turned in their retirement papers at last night's school board meeting.

Superintendent Ron Blankenship said about ten teachers are retiring this year, some of them in areas in which replacements are difficult to find.

Blankenship said the annual Reduction in Force, linked to the loss of student enrollment, will likely be on the February agenda.

While declining enrollment has been a real issue in Calhoun, the numbers have dramatically slowed.

The school board did hire a new science teacher last night, Ansel Payne of Roane County. It was announced that Vicki Baker is teaching calculus.

Teachers submitting their retirement letters last night, Pam Bartlett, Rebecca Czap, Nellie Dowell, Phyllis Evans, and Carol Taylor, plus award-winning bus driver Bronson Hickman.

The board voted to expel a student for the rest of the school year, after considering the matter in closed session. The case was carried over from December's board meeting.

Details of last night's meeting will follow.

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