School Board Adding Principal In ‘City

The Calhoun County School Board plans to add a middle school principal
position in Calhoun City at a recessed meeting Thursday, May 28 in
Pittsboro.


By JOEL McNEECE
The Calhoun County School Board plans to add a middle school principal position in Calhoun City at a recessed meeting Thursday, May 28 in Pittsboro.
Superintendent Mike Moore said due to changes in the district, the new position will be added at no additional cost.
Moore said the board will also be adopting a new administrative pay scale for new hires that is “backed down” to the level of other school districts the size of Calhoun.
“We’re paying our principals above what most schools around us are paying,” Moore said.
Among the money saving factors with the new principal hires at Calhoun City Middle School and Bruce Upper Elementary will be the new pay scale, both will only be 10-month contracts instead of 12 like the high school principals, and there will be considerable savings with the resignation of BUES?Principal Lin-da White who had a lot of years in the system resulting in higher pay.
Moore said he wants the new position at Calhoun City to help balance the student load on the principals. Calhoun City Elementary is currently the largest campus in the school district with approximately 470 students. Moving the fifth grade to the middle school will lower that to 390.
“We’re running out of room at Calhoun City Elementary and it is too spread out,” Moore said. “There are too many buildings for the principal to have to get to. At least Bruce Upper Elementary is all in one building.”
Moore said the seventh grade at Bruce will be moved under the new BUES principal to put all the principals in the county overseeing less than 400 students.
Moore said he would like to change Calhoun City Middle School to 4th-7th grade like Bruce, but will settle for 5th-7th for next school year.
Moore said middle school positions are important to him, because he believes junior high students need the most guidance and can at times be left out with principals being pulled toward high school and elementary needs.
Moore said he hoped to have someone for both positions ready to be presented to the school board by the June meeting.
Moore said the numbers at Vardaman don’t warrant a middle school principal. He said opening the new building next to the elementary school will ease some space issues there. He said they will also shuffle some numbers around between the Vardaman principals to bring it more in line with the rest of the county.
Other items on the agenda for this Thursday are revising certified employee vacation policy and a presentation by Dr. Mike Waldrop, director of the Mississippi School Boards Association, on the new accountability model for Mississippi schools.

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