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June 20, 2013

Contracts approved for 5 county schools' principals

— Five principal contracts were approved Tuesday by the Limestone County Board of Education, including new principals Brad Lewis and Garth Garris.

First-year principals work under a 12-month probationary contract, and veteran principals have three-year renewable contracts.

New principals

Brad Lewis, formerly one of two assistant principals at Ardmore High School, was recommended for hire June 4 as Johnson Elementary School principal. Lewis, who agreed to a $77,000 salary, is replacing interim principal Louis Berry, who has returned to his position as an assistant principal at East Limestone High School.

Garth Garris, a science and physical education teacher at Elkmont High School and former principal at Madison County High School, was recommended for hire June 18 as Elkmont principal. Garris, who will be paid $87,735, is taking over for Stan Davis, who retired May 31.

Renewed principals

Three principals were up for three-year renewals this summer — Dennis Black at East Limestone, William “Bill” Hardyman at Piney Chapel Elementary School and Charlotte Craig at West Limestone High School.

With 34 years at East, including 10 as principal, Black’s salary increased from $95,707 to $98,578. Craig, who has more than 34 years in education and six years as West principal, went from $95,000 to $97,850.

Hardyman, who has been an educator for 32 years, went from $81,675 in his first year at Piney Chapel to $84,125.

Secondary principals generally are paid more than elementary principals. All  three earned a 3 percent increase in salary.

Still under contract

Elementary principals under contract are Randy Hamilton at Blue Springs, Glen Garner at Cedar Hill, Matt Scott at Creekside and Cleo Miller at Owens.

Secondary principals under contract are Tommy Hunter at Ardmore, Mickey Glass at the Career Technical Center, Keith Hairrell at Clements and Billy Owens at Tanner.

Personnel moves

The board also approved the following personnel items during Tuesday’s meeting:

• The addition of seven instructional assistant positions for 2013-14 paid by federal funds at Tanner (four units), Blue Springs (one), Owens (one) and Piney Chapel (one);

• The creation of a transportation department parts clerk, which Transportation Director Daryl Adams said would actually decrease the department’s labor cost;

• Class-size reduction units for 2013-14 paid by federal funds at Blue Springs (three units), Owens (three), Tanner (three) and Owens (one);

• Resignations for custodian Stephen Williams, utility bus driver Richard Everett and sixth-grade teacher and varsity girls basketball coach Kimberly Walker;

• Leave in lieu of sick leave for custodian Roger Vining and maintenance worker Mark Smith;

• Supplements to Special Olympics coordinators Annie Roberts and Jessica Tyler for $375;

• Jeremy Hargrove as volunteer football coach at Ardmore and Jordan Taylor as volunteer girls basketball assistant coach at West Limestone;

• Leigh Dean as a temporary instructional assistant at Tanner to assist Spanish-speaking parents and students during kindergarten camp June 19-22 from 8 a.m. to noon at $12 an hour; and

• Jeremy Bunn as child nutrition program summer worker retroactive from June 10 until the beginning of the 2013-14 school year for 40 hours per week at $8 an hour.

The board of education will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at the Clinton Street annex for a regular meeting and at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at the Central Office for a work session.


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