Calhoun school board president Lee Evans said a search will commence soon toward hiring a new county school superintendent, with Ron Blankenship retiring in June.

Blankenship issued his resignation at Monday evening's board meeting.

Evans said the State School Board Association will start the process.

Linda Jarvis, representing the Middle School's Respect and Protect behavioral improvement program, asked school board members if they would participate in an award program recognizing students who went the entire school year without BIFs (Behavior Intervention Forms).

Board members responded they would participate in such an event.

The program is planning a trip to Cedar Creek State Park, among other activities.

Jarvis said the Respect and Protect program is looking at increasing the involvement of students in the process.

The board approved two out-of-state trips, one to the Hanging Rocks Observatory at Natural Bridge, Virginia and another, a Physics Day trip to Kings Island.

The board approved a contract with Straight-Cut Lawn Care and Landscaping for maintenance of school grounds in the county for $16,289 and adjusted the 2007 school calendar at the end of the session to make-up for three days.

A large number of summer positions have been posted, in addition to a number of hires for summer jobs.

The next meeting is scheduled for May 14.

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