As the school year winds down, there were several resignations and retirements considered at Monday night’s meeting of the Switzerland County School Board.
Along with Switzerland County Elementary School Principal Sally Weales, the school board also accepted the resignations of: Sam Girton as a third shift custodian, as of March 13th, 2018; Jamie Slone as the Band Director as of May 24th, 2018; and Andrea Ogden as the Title I Instructional Assistant at Jefferson-Craig as of March 30th, 2018.
After accepting the retirement request by Superintendent Mike Jones, other retirement requests included: Donna Quick as a bus driver as of May 24th, 2018; Cleo Detmer as an Instructional Assistant at Switzerland County Elementary School as of May 24th, 2018; Denny Jackson as a social studies teacher at Switzerland County High School as of May 24th, 2018; Ivan Green as the Director of Transportation as of June 30th, 2018; and Denise Crawford as a teacher at Switzerland County Elementary School as of May 24th, 2018.
The retirees will be honored at a school board meeting in the coming months.
In addition to other business, several members of the community spoke to the school board during public comments concerning the decision at last month’s meeting to change the school policy with regard to home schooled students participating in extra curricular and co-curricular activities at the schools.
Prior to the policy change, a student living in the county who was being home schooled as allowed to participate in extra curricular and co-curricular activities as a part of the public schools here if they attended at least one academic class at the school during the day; met attendance requirements, and took the state-mandated student testing.
The new policy eliminates that, and now says that only students who are enrolled as full time students in Switzerland County Schools may participate in extra curricular and co-curricular activities.
At Monday’s meeting, Josh Rose, James Richards, and Brian Johns all spoke in favor of the school board revisiting this policy change, and asked that the corporation go back to the current policy.
The board took no action on this matter after the public comments. The new policy will go into effect at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year.