Friday, June 24, 2016

TOP STORY >> JNPSD continues its hiring spree

Leader senior staff writer

The Jacksonville-North Pulaski School Board will meet in special session at 6 p.m. Monday to consider more of Superintendent Tony Wood’s hiring recommendations as the district’s first-ever school year speeds closer.

Wood has recommended 31 more teachers for hire, most of them elementary school teachers, as well as a number of school bus drivers, cafeteria workers and people to fill other vacancies.

The elementary school teachers Wood will recommend are: Kayla Bar, Bruinna Bedford, Amanda Chapin (media specialist), Pam Childress, Angela Cooley;

Marissa Hawkins, Whitney Hillman, Kayla Jackson, Alicia Ketron and Belinda Lawrence (special education);

Amanda Lercher, Billie Molly Looney, Ashleigh Moore, Jana McWilliams and Alicia Williams (vocal music).

Wood will also recommend Paula Mannis, special education coordinator; Ron Atkinson, middle school math/science; Michael Boyd, middle school instructional facilitator; Paula Gentry, special education and Rodney Gilmore, alternative learning teacher;

Deborah Lutz, middle school English/math; Macy Pleis, middle school business education and Monica Ring, math instructional facilitator.

Recommended for secondary teaching positions: Rachael Beene, family consumer science; Melba Bartlett, special education; Michael Dean, social studies; Brandon Fenwick, math; Sheila Gilmore, math; Erica Harrod, marketing; Justin Huckaby, special education, and Amanda Mason, science.

Among recommended classified employees are a dozen bus drivers, 10 custodians and 27 cafeteria workers.

Recommended for bus driver jobs are Selena Adams, Shamika Boxley, Deeadria Cobbs, Glenda Fletcher, Johnny Hasan and Alfreda King, Jacoby Roark, Freddie Taylor, Junitha West, Bobbi Willhite, Robert Willhite and Travis Wright.

Custodians recommended are Rose Alvarado, Vanessa Austin, Jason Evans, Elizabeth Fowler and Larry Hamsher, Joyce Harris, Darrell Joes, Marilyn Jones, Doris Steele and Terry Waggoner.

Cafeteria workers recommended for hire are:

Yolanda Bell, Treva Bradley, Wilda Britt, Sherri Brown and Barbara Bures, Hermethia Eubanks, Rowena Gray, Kimberly Grimes, Heather Hambrick and Starla Henry, Michelle Holder, Jennifer Johnson, Guillermina Johnston, Better Meneses and Brenda Oginski, Valerie Pickens, Marilyn Seigrist, Robin Simmons, Yon Simmons, Katrina Simpson and Maria Slutts, Margaret Smith, Terry Strohm, Jacqueline Wallace, Heather Woodall, Ann Wudkewych and Amy Yagel.

Recommended for skilled maintenance jobs are David Buchart, Sean Calhoun and Lawrence Hendrix.

Six recommended for jobs as registered school nurses are Amber Abbott, Leslie Eagle, Rowena Lowe, Meredith McGinty, Adam Sodosky and Chastity Stephens.

Wood also recommended Lana Brooks, technology support specialist; Venisha Brown, attendance clerk; Karen Carney, counselor secretary; Tami Caswell, paraprofessional (special education); Scott Coleman, alternative-learning para-professional; Sharon Cousins, special education paraprofessional; Karen Gentry, school secretary and Thedra Hall, paraprofessional (special education), Carrie Helsley, paraprofessional (special education); Karrie Jarrett, para-professional (special education); Kristi Linkwiler, attendance clerk; Ebony McKinzy, attendance clerk; Dorothy Nunis, paraprofessional (special education) and Sharon Rodgers, school secretary; Tandrea Rogers, paraprofessional (special education); Amanda Self, secretary to the asstistant superintendent; Josalyn Tillman, paraprofessional (special education); Stephanie Whitfield, counselors’ secretary; Stephanie Wilkins, attendance clerk; Samantha Williams, school secretary and Elizabeth Beattie, bookkeeper/free and reduced lunch.

The board is expected to accept 16 resignations from former hires, including five elementary school teachers, Tiffany Brandon, Jonathan Gunsolus, LaSonya Hillard, Erica Mack, Rhiannon Sniffin and Richard Wrightner.

Other resignations include: Kaela Ake, special education; Morgan Collins, middle school social studies; Warren Max Hatfield, special education; NaToya Norwood, middle level; Jennifer Oakley, secondary English; Lamont Page, middle school social studies; Karen Ratliff, special education; Jeffrey Rion, secondary social studies; Derek Shaw, science/ninth-grade head boys basketball coach, and Jennifer Tauton, gifted and talented.