Deric Hollingsworth, the new assistant maintenance supervisor for Calhoun County Schools, will start with a base salary of $54,000 for the upcoming school year. Calhoun County Superintendent Joe Dyar said the salary could potentially rise to $59,000.
Hollingsworth is replacing Jerry Anderson who is retiring at the end of this school year.
The board also discussed inexpensive ideas on how to make local schools more attractive to visitors. Tobi Burt suggested making entranceways to the schools brighter to avoid “looking like a post office.” Jeff Winn said the schools could look at Ohatchee High School as a model; he said the school improved its appearance by removing a chain-link fence surrounding it.
“I drive over the railway tracks in Ohatchee and said, ‘what did they do?’” Winn said. “Just little things make a world of difference.”
The board did not take any action on aesthetic improvements.
The board also approved $3,000 in financial assistance to Ohatchee High School to send students to the Future Business Leaders of America National Conference in Anaheim, Calif., next month. The conference is scheduled to run between June 22 and June 25.
The board is scheduled to meet again on June 13.
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