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Trustees hire six coaches, WFGMS band director

by Dolores Hamilton
Iowa Park school trustees Thursday night approved hiring new school personnel including a band director for the middle school, six coaches, and renewed contracts for paraprofessional personnel.
Teresa Archambo was hired as the middle school band director and assistant high school band director. She replaces Paula Tagalos who resigned in May.
New coaches are: Brittany Cray, middle school teacher/coach; Sean Jackson, middle school teacher/coach; Kerry LeAnn Henderson, high school teacher/coach; Brandon HeathTaylor, high school teacher/coach; Gillen Ryan, high school teacher/ head tennis coach; and Erica Hill,high school teacher/coach.
Other new hires include: Shawnee Powell, middle school Special Ed paraprofessional; Sherri Beavers, middle school, office secretary; Megan Franks, high school teacher/English/journalism; Lacie Ramos, high school teacher/English; Kimberly K. Allen, Kidwell Pre K teacher; Darlene King, Kidwell aide/crossing guard; Stephanie Cummings, Kidwell PPC aide; and Kelsey Gordy, Kidwell SPED aide/crossing guard.
Contracts were renewed for the following para-professionals:
High School - Tamara Sanders, secretary; Sheena Kelly, registrar; Donna Williams, Special Ed; Vicki Merrell, Special Ed; Tiffany Childs, attendance clerk; Dana Gray, Special Ed/FLC; and Tammy Hoover, Special Ed.
W.F. George Middle School - Kayla Lalumia, Learning Lab; Jennifer Gumm, ISS; Kris Jackson, Library; and Janet Swanner, office registrar.
Bradford Elementary- Barbie Johnston, Library; Kristen Stewart, Special Education; Maranda Lovell, Title Math; Presley Gann, PE; Amber Dishman, cafeteria monitor and crossing guard/paraprofessional; Tess Cole, Special Education; Christy Moulton, Computer; Paul Arrington, Title Reading; Michelle Pounds, Special Education; Ginger Hodges, secretary; and Jenna Wineinger, nurse.
Kidwell Elementary - Jennifer Noble, PPCD aide; Cindy Billingsley, Pre K aide; Kimberly Miser, Pre K aide; Holly Sanders, Kindergarten aide; Debra Honeycutt, 1st Grade aide; Hope Allen, SPED aide; Rachael Gibbons, SPED aide; Jamie Fulton, Librarian; Martha Hutchings, PE aide; Kirstina Whitaker, crossing/classroom aide; Regan Moore, Computer class; Shawna Coggins, nurse; and Debra Payton, secretary.
School lunch prices for 2017-18 were approved. Superintendent Steve Moody said the price of a lunch would be five-cents higher at Kidwell, and 10-cents higher at the other three campuses. “We have no choice, it’s based on a federal government formula we have to use each year,” Moody said. “As long as we’re receiving funding from the federal government for free and reduced lunches, they expect us to follow this formula in determining our prices.”
Lunch prices for next year will be: Kidwell Elementary, $2.25; Bradford Elementary, $2.55; W.F. George Middle School, $2.85; Iowa Park High School, $2.85; Adults (all campuses) $3.75; and Guests (all campuses) $3.75.
The district will continue to provide breakfast free of charge for all district students.
In other action trustees approved the Region 9 ESC Services contract, the adoption of instructional materials, and the Bradford Elementary re-roof project.
Tim Kingcade said work at Bradford should start around August 1, beginning with the cafeteria.
The first reading of TASB Policy 108 Update was conducted by the trustees.
Reviews were given by Janet Bowling on the 2016-17 preliminary STAAR-EOC results, and Jodi Schlaud on HB5 District and Campus Community Engagement ratings.
Mike Wink,School Liaison Officer at Sheppard Air Force Base explained the school liaison program and his duties. The School Liaison Officer is the central point of contact for school related matters between commanders, military families and local school systems. Wink is the School Liaison Officer for 48 schools in nine districts.
Kingcade told the trustees of summer projects he is working on that include maintenance of campus buildings, work at the Ag barn, and repair of handrails at the athletic complex.
Cary Waters was selected as delegate, and Dustin Hostas alternate delegate for the TASB Conference.