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Board votes to freeze salary

The Clinton School Board has voted to freeze the salary of the district secretary.

The salary of more than $40,000 has been in the spotlight for several months now as the Classified Personnel Policy Committee argued that the pay increase was handled incorrectly and should not stand up.

At Monday’s meeting, committee Chair Cheryl Smith said the committee’s first option was a partial non-renewal of the contract, removing some of the duties and pay for the position held by Cindy Freeman.

School Board President Kyle Hensley noted that two superintendents have said that could not be done. Smith, acknowledging that that was the opinion of the two, said the committee’s second option was to freeze the salary schedule for 12 years for that position. The School Board unanimously agreed with that proposal. Board members Keith Coward and Richard McCormac were not at the meeting.

Also at the meeting, the board unanimously approved contract addendums for the 2012-13 school year for several employees. This, according to outgoing Superintendent James McGaha, would “satisfy the auditors.”

Four of those addendums added $11,250 each to the contracts of Principals Hal Ward and Elaine Treadaway and counselors Brandy Alexander and Kristen Hensley for their duties as 21st Century Grant (6441) Administrators, according to paperwork released by the superintendent’s office Tuesday.

Others receiving contract addendums and the reason for and amount of those were: Deborah Swink, $3,000 for ABC coordinator and $1,500 for a Win Rock Grant; Shelly West, $2,000 for High School Cheer sponsor; Mica Cullum, $1,600 for Junior High cheer sponsor; Glenda Stagg, $2,000 for 21st Century (6441) director; and Lora Hinchey, $3,000 for test coordinator.

The School Board also accepted three resignations at the meeting, including that of eighth-grade teacher Whitteni Hale and Chris Box, the teacher for the gifted and talented classes.

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