McCormick honored at School Board meeting

June 8, 2006
by: 
Tom R. Duggin

Mr. Jim McCormick was honored for his many years of service to the DeKalb County School system at Thursday night?s meeting of the Board of Education. McCormick, who is retiring at the end of the month, has worked with the DeKalb County School system for nearly 40 years. The board presented him with several gifts, including a plaque and a rocking chair. Board chairman Johnny Lattimore made the presentation.

McCormick thanked all of the board members, and all the people he has worked with over the years in the school system.

In other business, the board approved consent items, including the application for Local Consolidation plan, Title I, Parts A, C, & D; Title II, Parts A & D; Title III, Part A; Title IV, Part A; Title V, Part A; and Title VI, Part B for fiscal year 2007 and the federal budget. The board approved a partnership agreement with L,B,J, & C Head Start, and approved all fundraisers and school budgets for the 2006-07 school year. The board also approved the pay calendar for the upcoming year.

Meanwhile, a wage and labor issue, regarding Teresa Miller and Jennifer Nixon was tabled until the board can look further into the issue. The board was to schedule a workshop for later in the month to discuss the issue. Also tabled was a claim by the law office of Sue Puckett-Jernigan, seeking some $17,000 for services rendered prior to McCormick?s tenure as Director of Schools. Board member, Keith Garrett, made a motion to table this issue, so the board can get more specific details on the claim. The issue will also be discussed at the workshop later this month.

DCHS Principal, Kathy Hendrix, gave the board a report on the Gateway Test results for the school.

Director McCormick gave his monthly personnel report. Those who have been employed for the 2006-07 school year include: Michelle Fontanez, teacher at DeKalb County High School; Larry Steffee, teacher at DeKalb County High School; Christine Rivers, teacher at DeKalb County High School; Kyle Rivers, teacher at Northside Elementary School; and Rolando Navarro, teacher at DeKalb County High School.

The board also approved an overnight trip request for the DeKalb County High School Band to attend a band camp at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, July 23rd through the 28th.

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