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Newport school board holds special meeting

By Amanda Reynolds

Newport Independent

The Newport School District held a special meeting on Monday. The meeting was held in the board room of the administration building. The purpose of the meeting was goal-setting and personnel items.

The meeting was called to order at 4:30 p.m. by vice president Leroy Mansko. He welcomed all guests and seated newly elected board member Jeff Sampson. The board adjourned to closed session for the purpose of discussing personnel and returned to open session at 5 p.m.

As a part of the superintendent search contract with McPherson and Jacobson, the board selected a goal-setting session process for the next superintendent, Brett Bunch.

The work session was facilitated by Dr. Keith Williams from McPherson and Jacobson, and interim superintendent Dr. Ken James. Williams guided the board through a process, which included a review of the criteria identified to select the new superintendent.

The board and superintendent-elect Bunch discussed a variety of potential performance goals during the one and one-half hour process. Areas of focus include school finance, communication and academics.

The identified areas will be further developed by Williams and sent back to the board, James and Bunch for review and finalization.

The board and James returned to closed session at 7:50 p.m. to discuss personnel recommendations. The board reconvened in open session at 8:27 p.m.

Upon the recommendation of the superintendent, the board unanimously approved the following personnel recommendations: the reduction of days for one high school secretary position at NHS from 205 days to 195 days to correct a problem from last year; approved maintaining salary of assistant superintendent Pam Clark at the same level of the adjustment made in January 2019; approved the resignation of Melissa Baker and Stephanie Willis; and approved the transfer of Lavar Wyatt (instructional side) from NES to NHS and Ginger Willis to the K-6 GT position at NES.

The district new hires include: Kathryn Hopkins and Candice Long as co-sponsors of the Pom Squad at NJHS; re-hired Sgt. Woody Daniels for the 2019-20 school year (he was left off of the April hire list); Jared Camp to teach physical science at NES; Clayton Mitchell to teach special education at NHS; Sophia Myers as a math teacher at NHS; Stacia Smith as an elementary special education teacher; Jessica Redd as a pre-school teacher at NES; Akesha Clark as a personal care IA at NES; Michelle Heath as a pre-school IA at NES; and Kayra Seals Moore as a K-6 IA at NES.