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March 21, 2018 Page 7A orter Continued from Front Bill Linnenkohl, whose wife was Monroe County Teacher of the Year, did not address the issue, saying there had been negative talk and he wanted to give a positive perspective. He talked of how his grandfather had dropped out of school to help support his siblings and had passed on to his father and subsequently to him the importance of education. He said that in his 57 years he has been very involved in promot- ing, funding and otherwise helping educational institu- tions at various levels and that Monroe County Schools has the finest group of people he has ever worked with. He said he told his daughter that she needs to move to Monroe County so that his grand- children can attend Monroe County Schools Kerri Swearingen, a Monroe County realtor whose daugh- ter is a graduate of Monroe County Schools, said that the reputation of the school system has a huge impact on the prosperity of the county. "The system isn't per- ' fect. I'm sure much will be learned;' said Swearingen. "We should focus on positive circumstances and the desire for the best for all:' Diane Glidewell of The Reporter, who has covered school board meetings for over six years, asked the board to consider some ques- tions that have been unan- swered, such as: why the school system had the substitute teacher's background check for over a year before hiring hin}, what part the school sys- tem's attorney and his advice played in the hiring, what type of policy changes, if any, the board is considering as a result of the information that surfaced, and what contact Monroe County schools made with other school systems where the applicant claimed em- ployment? She asked that the board. share its insights into how the applicant slipped through its screening process and any changes it plans to m.@e with the public as soon as possible. To date, the board has not ad- dressed those questions. But the board didn't answer any questions, instead as- sistant Superintendent Alicia Elder recognized the seven school board members and their years of service. She said they manage the $38 million budget, 4,000 students and 600 employees. She presented them with a certificate and said a seat in the new Monroe County Fine Arts Center will be dedicated to each one of them, with each's name plate on the seat. By making a $250 donation, citizens can have a name placed on a seat in the facility, also, Assistant Super- intendent Jackson Daniel told board members of upcom- ing'performances at the Fine Arts Center, including the "Soiree" on Sunday, M.arch 25 at 3 p.m which includes members of board member J.R Evans' family. School board attorney Cory Kirby of Harbin, Hartley & Hawkins in Gainesville was present to ask board members to adopt resolutions certifying the results of the November 2017 ESPLOST vote and to issue bonds in the future on the money to be collected. Kirby said the board had received the information on the ESPLOST previously and it was mostly a formality to ratify it at the meeting. He said he has not priced interest rates on bonds, yet, but would word the resoluUon not to exceed 6 percent" so that the process of issuing bonds on future ESPLOST collection could move forward. After a dosed door session, the board approved the resig- nations of nine teachers and the school psychologist and the retirement of three teach- ers and one administrative as- sistant. It hired five teachers, a paraprofessional and a school nurse and approved changes in position for six school employees. Approval of the new hires was 6-1, with board member Stuart Pippin voting against hiring until questions about background investiga- tions are resolved. The teachers from Mary Persons who resigned are Elizabeth Pirovano and Carlos Sanchez, from Monroe County Middle School are Teresa Ford, Bob Meacham and Stephana Miller, from K.B. Sutton is Loren Maddux and from Hubbard Elemen- tary is Kelsey Brown. The retiring teachers are at T.G. Scott Elementary: Cindy Col- vin, Mary C. McArthur and Wendy Thackston. Patricia Watson is the psychologist, and Sandra Walker is the administrative assistant. The new teachers hired are Katelyn Chancey (MP), Jennifer Doolittle (HES), Lisa Fennell (MP), Rashanda Goode (KBS), Alison Gro- eper (MCMS), Brittany Kop- pen (MCMS), and Lizamar Nieves (MP). and School FBC Preschool Offers: *A Christian based curriculum pproach that engages children in the learning process A cheerful atmosphere with teachers that make leaming fun! 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