Willoughby Updates School Board on Personnel Moves

August 14, 2008
Dwayne Page

Director of Schools Mark Willoughby Thursday night updated the school board on personnel moves made since last month.

Those employed for 2008-09 include;

Jennifer Kickliter, Deaf Interpreter
Brittany Lockard, Pre-school Education Assistant
Elena Koplevich, ESL Teacher, Smithville Elementary/DeKalb West School
Tiffany Wheatley, SPED Teacher at Northside
Kenneth Gordon, ESL Assistant at Northside
Scott Rupe, Gifted Teacher at NSE,SES, DWS
Amy Fletcher, Teacher at DeKalb Middle School
Courtney Beaty, Paraprofessional at SES replacing Natasha Vaughn
Cori Sexton, Paraprofessional at DCHS replacing Rob Robinson
Bryan Jones, Teacher at DeKalb Middle School
Lisa Pack, Teacher at Smithville Elementary School
Ashley Garrett, Teacher at Northside Elementary
Natasha Judkins, Teacher at DCHS
Tina Paschal, Paraprofessional at DeKalb West, replacing Shelby Ann Jennings
Elizabeth White, cook, part-time at Northside Elementary
Vicki Sandlin, cook at DCHS


Trent Colwell, transferred to a teacher position at Northside Elementary
Peggy Tramel, transferred to a full-time position at DCHS cafeteria
Tonya Dickens, teacher, transferred to DeKalb West School


Shelby Ann Jennings, Paraprofessional at DeKalb West School

Leave of Absence:

Reba Malone, custodian at DeKalb Middle School, as requested.

In other business, the board granted a request from DCHS Principal Kathy Hendrix to allow the football, football cheerleading, girls' and boys' basketball, basketball cheerleading, softball, and baseball teams to practice during the fourth block of school each day. The football and football cheerleading teams will practice during the fall semester only. The basketball teams will practice during the 2nd and 3rd nine week periods. The basketball cheerleading, baseball and softball teams will practice during the spring semester only. This is the same schedule that the high school has been following for the last several years.

The board also granted permission for the local FBLA officers and an advisor to attend Camp Clements on the weekend of September 4th-7th. Camp Clements is used for officer training workshops, leadership training, and teambuilding. As State Vice President, Luke Willoughby is required to attend and the local officers are encouraged to attend. Approximately five students have been invited.

Vice Chairman Charles Robinson, who presided in the absence of Chairman W.J. (Dub) Evins III Thursday night also recognized Sixth District School Board member Linda Fuston, who was also absent. Fuston, who was defeated for re-election last week, will be leaving the school board. Her term expires as of August 31st. "I want to acknowledge an individual who has spent eight years dedicated to the children of this county and that's Linda Fuston. She gave a different perspective to the board. She was a wife, mother, grandparent, and former teacher. Her heart was always for the children of this county. I have a plaque to give to her in recognition of her eight years. She is a good friend. I'll miss her and I think the board will."

Third District member Kenny Rhody added that Linda, who was his kindergarten teacher, "was a blessing to be able to serve with on this board."

Bruce Parsley will take her place starting next month.

The school system has received a Tennessee Tech University Hydroponics Grant in the amount of $4,586 for the growing of plants in water. Students in the program can earn dual high school/college credit.

The board adopted an Extended Learning Program Proposal for the 2008-09 school year to meet the needs of students in individual schools.

Michelle Burklow, Supervisor of Education Pre K-6, says the proposal is to conduct after school tutoring and enrichment programs including "Read Nights' at the libraries and involving parents in activities that will help them help their children at night with their homework.

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