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Ceremony held for new school structure

Taking part in the ground-breaking ceremony for the new K-3 building Monday are (from left) Mark Hurley and Paul Hull from Van Horn Construction, Clinton School Board members Kirk Pryor and Jeff Wyborny, intermediate Principal Elaine Treadaway, elementary Principal Hal Ward, Michal Biery of Crafton Tull, Superintendent James McGaha, School Board President Kyle Hensley, project supervisor Jerry Short, School Board members Dr. Keith Coward and Darla McJunkins, and Lane Housley of Crafton Tulle.
Taking part in the ground-breaking ceremony for the new K-3 building Monday are (from left) Mark Hurley and Paul Hull from Van Horn Construction, Clinton School Board members Kirk Pryor and Jeff Wyborny, intermediate Principal Elaine Treadaway, elementary Principal Hal Ward, Michal Biery of Crafton Tull, Superintendent James McGaha, School Board President Kyle Hensley, project supervisor Jerry Short, School Board members Dr. Keith Coward and Darla McJunkins, and Lane Housley of Crafton Tulle.

Ground was broken Monday for construction to begin at the Clinton School District’s K-3 building.

Paul Hull of Van Horn Construction said that the project’s official end date is December 2014 but he thinks construction will be completed in July 2014, allowing the 2014-15 school year to begin with a new facility.

As for construction on the junior high addition, there are just a few minor things left to tend to before opening the wing, Michal Biery of Crafton Tull architects told the School Board at its meeting Monday evening.

Also at the meeting, the board rejected a personnel policy proposal from Superintendent James McGaha that would in essence allow the superintendent to decide where on the salary schedule an employee taking a difference position in the district would fall.

Classified Personnel Policy Committee spokeswoman Cheryl Smith told the board that the proposal would give the superintendent too much leeway to bargain. She noted that the school district has many employees who are related and said the committee was concerned that if salary schedules are not set in stone that some might perceive favortism and an air of hostility could be created. McGaha’s proposal is “not transparent and would not save the district money. It is too vague and there are too many loopholes,” she said.

The PPC offered its own proposal for salaries. The committee wants any employee who moves from one job to a different non-related job to start at zero years of experience on the salary schedule regardless of how many years that employee has been with the district.

Voicing concern that the PPC’s proposal would hurt the district’s chances of hiring a well-qualified employee from another school district, the board rejected the PPC proposal as well.

The board also said it would like to have incoming Superintendent Scott Jones’ opinion on salary schedules. Jones was hired in February and given a two-year contract worth $100,000 per year as well as free housing and utilities for the two years. At Monday’s meeting, the School Board also voted to hire Jones’ wife, Sandra Jones, as the new EAST lab instructor.

Also at the meeting, the board rehired the four principals, Frank McMurry, Mark Gammill, Elaine Treadaway and Hal Ward, and voted to accept the resignations of Karen Stafford from the cafeteria, and teachers Linda Sullins, Burtie Harder and Louella Scroggins.

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