Notes from the Hopkins County Board of Education Meeting Monday



          OUTGOING HOPKINS COUNTY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDANT JAMES LEE STEVENS THANKED THE MANY PEOPLE HE HAD WORKED WITH OVER HIS 42 YEARS IN THE SYSTEM, LAST NIGHT, AT THE REGULAR BOARD MEETING. 

          STEVENS ALSO SAID HE GETS SICK WHEN HE DRIVES PAST THE ABANDONED CAREER AND TECHNICAL SCHOOL, AND HE URGED THE BOARD TO MOVE QUICKLY ON A PLAN FOR A NEW VOCATIONAL BUILDING.  STEVENS SAID HE HAD BEEN WORKING ON CRUNCHING NUMBERS RELATING TO A UTILITY TAX TO FUND THE SCHOOLS, THAT WOULD REDUCE PROPERTY TAXES.  BOARD MEMBERS PRAISED STEVENS WORK, PARTICULARLY HIS ABILITY IN HANDLING DIFFICULT PERSONNEL SITUATIONS.

          IN BOARD ACTION, IT WAS A UNANIMOUS VOTE FOR A 1 PERCENT RAISE FOR TEACHERS AND STAFF.

          SHARI WINSTEAD REPORTED ON IMPROVED COMPUTER INFRASTRUCTURE AT EARLINGTON SCHOOL THAT WILL BE MOSTLY PAID FOR BY STATE AND FEDERAL GRANTS,

          STEVE GILLIAM TOLD THE BOARD THAT A NEW ELECTRONIC ACCESS SYSTEM WOULD BE TESTED AT  THE TWO HIGH SCHOOLS AND THE BOARD OFFICE THIS SUMMER.

          AND THE BOARD HEARD A REPORT ON CAREER PATHWAYS FOR HOPKINS COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS THAT CAN BE ACCESSED THROUGH THE SCHOOL WEBSITE. ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDANT LINDA ZELLICH WILL BECOME THE NEW SUPERINTENDANT FOR THE 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR. 

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