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January 9, 2013

Board creates new position to fill vacancy at Clements


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The board also had a split decision regarding another personnel matter and voted 5-2 to approve the transfer of East Limestone instructional assistant Kyle Owens retroactive to Jan. 2.

Glaze, James Shannon, Charles Shoulders, Darin Russell and Marty Adams voted to approve the transfer, while Anthony Hilliard and Board President Bret McGill dissented.

Hilliard had introduced a motion to table the vote but did not receive a second, and he declined to give a reason for wanting to delay the transfer decision because it was a personnel matter.

For the remainder of the 2012-13 school year, Owens will teach P.E. after Brian Wagnon was tapped to serve as interim assistant principal at East. Wagnon is filling in for Louis Berry, who was named interim principal at Johnson Elementary School in October 2012.

Berry was moved after former Johnson Principal Dr. Casey Lewis initially was terminated by the board in November after being placed on paid administrative leave in October. The board and Lewis reached a resignation agreement in December that removed the termination from his personnel record and allows him to be paid through the end of his contract for the current school year.

Rattler recognition

The board met at the Limestone County Career Center rather than its usual meeting chambers at the Clinton Street annex to accommodate the nearly 150 people in attendance.

The audience was larger than usual because the Tanner High School football team and the varsity cheerleading squad was recognized by the board with resolutions commemorating the Rattlers’ undefeated Class 2A state championship season in 2012. Each football player and cheerleader received a copy of the resolution, and Hayden Stephens, Greg Maclin, Fred Rich and Kyle Shoulders were honored for being named to the All-State team.

Tanner football coach Laron White thanked the board for giving him another opportunity to ride the team bus with the players, most of whom donned slacks and dress shirts for the occasion instead of their customary green and black team warm-ups.

“I was happy to get on the bus again with these guys,” said White, who has guided the Rattlers to a 105-21 record during his 10-year tenure. “I don’t want this feeling to end and hopefully we can do it again next year.”

The next regular board meeting is at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Clinton Street annex.

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