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School lunch fees nudge up, transfers approved in Halifax County

Halifax County School Board members met Monday at Halifax County Middle School to close out the financial year, OK paying end of year bills, hike school lunch fees from $1.80 to $1.85 and approve personnel transfers for the coming year.

Those employees receiving transfers included:

• Pam Archer, a Meadville Elementary teacher moving from regular education to PreK;

• Debbie Baker, a special education teacher from Meadville Elementary transferring to Sydnor Jennings/Meadville Elementary Lead SPED teacher;

• Martha Brizendine, a special education teacher from Halifax County Middle School transferring to South Boston Elementary School as a lead SPED teacher;

• Loran Clarke, a special education teacher from Sydnor Jennings Elementary transferring to Cluster Springs Early Learning Center;

• Denise Culley transferring from Meadville Elementary to South Boston Elementary;

• Traci Dawson transferring from Sydnor Jennings Elementary PreK to regular education;

• Megan Ferrell transferring from Cluster Springs Elementary to Cluster Springs Early Learning Center PreK;

• Robert Fitzgerald, transferring from physical education at South Boston Elementary to Halifax County High School;

• Kimberly Fowler transferring from special education at Clays Mill Elementary to regular education at Sinai Elementary;

• Catherine Glass transferring from South Boston Elementary to Scottsburg Elementary;

• Sharon Hicks transferring from guidance at South Boston Elementary to Alternative Education;

• Liza Holmes transferring from special education at Sinai Elementary to Cluster Springs Elementary lead SPED teacher;

• Terence Johnson transferring from special education at Halifax County High School to Alternative Education;

• Laurie Lejda transferring from Cluster Springs Elementary to Sinai Elementary; 

• Sherri Love transferring from Clays Mill Elementary to Sinai Elementary PreK;

• Linda Maitland transferring from instructional coach from South Boston Elementary to Halifax County Middle School; 

• Velvet McCall transferring from special education at Sydnor Jennings Elementary to Scottsburg/Clays Mill/Sinai Elementary lead SPED teacher;

• Annette Oakes transferring from librarian at Halifax County High School to Scottsburg/Clays Mill Elementary;

• Kathryn Ott transferring from Cluster Springs Elementary to Halifax County Middle School;

• Lori Owen transferring from special education at Halifax County Middle School to Scottsburg Elementary;

• Aleacia Peer transferring from Cluster Springs Elementary to Meadville Elementary;

• Monica Sadler transferring from special education at Halifax County High School to Alternative Education;

• Daniel Shaughnessy transferring from special education at Halifax County Middle School to Scottsburg Elementary;

• Ruth Smith-Leigh transferring from special education at Cluster Springs Early Learning Center to Cluster Springs Elementary;

• Sophronia Song transferring from special education at South Boston Elementary to regular education;

• Ann Thomas transferring from Scottsburg Elementary to Sinai Elementary;

• Kimberly Thomasson transferring from guidance at Sinai Elementary to South Boston Elementary;

• Mary Beth Thompson transferring from PreK at Cluster Springs Early Learning Center to South Boston Early Learning Center;

• Elizabeth Tingen transferring from special education at South Boston Elementary to Cluster Springs Elementary; and 

• Susanne Williams transferring from special education at Scottsburg Elementary to Halifax County Middle School.

Also approved Monday evening were resignations of Halifax County High School vocational teacher Connie Manning, Cluster Springs Elementary fifth grade teacher Rebecca Robertson and Clays Mill Elementary food service worker Patsy Cole.

Executive Director for Administration Valdivia Marshall informed board members that a majority of the transfers were by request. However, some of the secondary transfers were not.

Executive Director for Instruction Dr. Melanie Stanley explained transfers are based on credentials, and some employees were in areas they were not licensed or endorsed to teach in and had to be moved.

“According to Dr. Stanley, we’re correcting some wrongs,” said ED-4 trustee Cheryl Terry.

Board members approved the Sept. 30 retirement of Amy A. Throckmorton with full LORP benefits by a 6-1 vote with ED-3 trustee Kim Farson opposing. 

The personnel report was approved by a 6-1 vote with ED-6 trustee Fay Satterfield opposing.

Board members closed out the financial year agreeing to pay the bills but not without a few questions for Chief Financial Officer Bill Covington concerning sales tax, software, insurance and surplus money.

“Any indication on how sales tax is doing?” asked ED-5 trustee Roger Long.

“Sales tax is holding up well…. sales tax was the only issue with state, about $200,000 more than last year, unfortunately not all the other pieces are there yet from the state,” said Covington.

 “The large bill from the software company…did we update some software at the central office?” asked ED-3 trustee Kimberly Farson.

Covington explained the large bill from the software company was an annual update for library media throughout the school system with an annual support fee.

ED-7 trustee R.K. “Dick” Stoneman asked Covington if any surplus money would be left from the school system this year. 

Covington replied, “Right now, we do not…and if it were anything, it’d be very minor.”

In other business Monday, board members took the following actions in the absence of school board member Walter Potts:

• Unanimously approved the performance evaluation system that was presented at last Monday’s meeting by Stanley and Supervisor of Elementary Education Linda Owen. The document will be used to evaluate employees in the upcoming school year. 

• Unanimously approved a federally mandated five-cent increase in full price lunch from $1.80 to $1.85 next year for paid lunches.

• Were unable to schedule a date for the Virginia School Board Association development training due to scheduling conflicts, and Chairman Karen Hopkins asked board clerk Robin Mahan to check August for dates the board will discuss at a later date. 

• Adjourned for a retirement reception held at the Halifax County Middle School cafeteria.