New hires were introduced to the Pineville Independent School Board this week. The school has acquired nine new teachers for positions they had open when the school year began. Currently, all positions have been filled and the school is fully staffed.
“We are thrilled to have what we think is an excellent crop of new teachers,” said vice chairman of the Pineville Independent School Board James R. Golden. “We feel like we are on an upswing in all categories, and with our new teachers we are expecting great results.”
Pineville’s new staff are:
Jeanetta Goodin, high school secretary;
Beth Howard, elementary technology and high school/middle school art;
Samatha North, high school English;
Wanda Howard, high school Spanish;
Jeremy Smith, high school biology;
Matt Welch, high school social studies;
James David Strange, math grades 7-9;
Jaclyn Chadwell, middle school science;
Lindsey Roan, kindergarten.
“In my 28 years here I cannot remember a time when we have had so many quality applicants,” said Keyes. “I feel really good about our new hires. We are expecting great things from them.”
This was the first meeting of the board administrated by interim Superintendent Patrick Clore, who filled the vacant position left by the resignation of Terry Hayes. The school board has begun actively searching for a permanent replacement for Hayes. They say they have started reviewing individuals suitable for the position, but until they find the right person they feel they are in capable hands with Clore.
The board approved and accepted Hayes’ resignation when his contract ended July 31. Clore will serve as superintendent until a permanent replacement for Hayes can be found. Clore is currently contracted for up to a year.
“The board met with him (Clore) and we were unanimous,” said Golden. “We feel really fortunate to have someone of his caliber and experience.”
Clore is a native of Pineville and a graduate of Pineville High School. He was a teacher for many years at Pineville high since 1970. He later served as principal and superintendent in the 80s and 90s.
“Pineville is near and dear to my heart,” said Clore. “I’ve been an acting superintendent, a superintendent and now I am an interim, and I’m glad to be able to help out.”
In other business:
The board had the second reading of changes to the student handbook and it was accepted.
The recent extreme weather and the damages it caused to school property were discussed. A low area near the library flooded caused partial flooding. The school system filed an insurance claim and received an estimate for a disbursement of over $20,000 for damages. Options to remedy the issue will be further discussed at future meetings.
A new tax rate with a 4 percent increase was agreed upon. The board will hold a public hearing for the tax rate increase on Sept. 14 at 5:30 p.m. This public hearing is to be followed by the regular called meeting at 6 p.m. to set the rate officially.
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