(08/06/2008)
By Bob Weaver

The Calhoun Board of Education approved handbooks for the the county's three schools Monday evening.

The board dealt with a number of personnel issues, hires, contracts, postings and transfers.

Board member Steve Whited said "I'm excited about leaving the block scheduling format and going to an 8-period schedule."

The change will be made when school starts later this month.

The board went into an executive session to discuss employment issues related to the hire of a half-time health teacher and a special education teacher.

Approval was given to 15 Calhoun students to other school districts, while five students received transfers to Calhoun.

Board president Cynthia Dale asked that a number of policies be put out for comment.

Dale addressed a number of concerns with Superintendent Jane Lynch, including staffing issues, the alumni being inappropriately billed for a transformer, who evaluates summer employees, use of staff development money, the hiring of temporary personnel, and problems getting agendas in a timely manner.

Lynch said she would respond to Dale's concerns, including Dale wanting an itinerary of Lynch's work activities for accountability and requesting a copy of Lynch's contract with the board.

Board member Joy Starcher expressed concern to Superintendent Lynch about belatedly posting the openings for key positions at Calhoun Middle-High School, including principals.

Lynch responded, saying "The interviews are now going on."

"This should have been taken care of sooner. I'm tired of getting flack over this," Starcher said.

"There is just too much turmoil over things like this," she continued.

A special board meeting is scheduled for next Monday, August 11.

A list of personnel actions will follow.

Read stories about other board action on Tuesday, August 5th update.


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