Matt Barton

New Zion Chapel principal Matt Barton

The Coffee County Board of Education ended the wait regarding the next principal for Zion Chapel School during its regular monthly meeting held Thursday evening, June 6th. The position recently was vacated by Vohn Enloe, and last Thursday night school board members approved a recommendation from superintendent Kevin Killingsworth to hire Matt Barton for the position as a probationary principal for Zion Chapel High School. Barton comes to the Coffee County School System from the Enterprise School System, where he served the past couple of years at assistant principal at Hillcrest Elementary School. Additional personnel matters recommended by the superintendent and approved by board members during the meeting included: • Accept the resignation of Jena Servold, a teacher at New Brockton Elementary School; • Employ Chelsea McCollough as an English teacher for New Brockton High School; • Employ Lawanda Reed as an elementary teacher for Zion Chapel School; • Employ Zachary Holmes as a business marketing teacher for New Brockton High School; • Approve maternity leave for Megan Driggers, assistant principal at Kinston School, for an anticipated timeframe of Aug. 16th – Oct. 18, 2019; and • Employ David Allen Trawick as a custodian for New Brockton High School. During the March 2019 regular board meeting, the board had approved the purchase of several vehicles for the school system – three Ford Taurus sedans to be used for Driver’s Education; a Ford F-150 extended cab truck for the transportation department, and a Ford Explorer SUV to be used by the central staff office. During a work session prior to last Thursday evening’s meeting, Killingsworth explained that he had held off on purchasing any of the vehicles because not all, as they wanted, were available for purchase. He told board members he was going to recommend in the meeting to only purchase the Ford F-150 truck for the transportation department at this time. Killingsworth added that driver’s education was covered this summer as Massey Automotive had provided the vehicles for the school system to use for that purpose this summer. During the meeting, Killingsworth recommended purchasing the Ford F-150 extended cab truck for the transportation department. At this point, he said it would be his recommendation to wait on the other vehicles until after the new state bid list is released Oct. 1st of this year. Based on information provided during the March board meeting, the F-150 truck will be purchased via the state bid list from Stivers Ford Lincoln in Montgomery. Board members approved the superintendent’s recommendation to only purchase the Ford F-159 truck for the transportation department at this time. The board had anticipated awarding a bid for a roofing project at New Brockton Elementary School; however, the superintendent said only one bid was submitted for this project and it appeared to be too high. Therefore, he recommended rejecting the bid. Killingsworth said since only the one bid was received, if the board rejected it, it would give the system the right to now go out and negotiate with other companies for a lower price for work on the project. His recommendation was approved by the board. Also during the meeting, board members approved rescinding the current Coffee County Board of Education Policy Manual and adopting a revised version of that manual. Following a work session discussion regarding the 2019/2020 Parent/Student Information Guide that revealed a need to further address some proposed changes for that document, Killingsworth recommended and the board voted to table the approval of the information guide to allow further discussion and work to be done on it. The board also approved a recommendation to purchase math materials from EngageNY to cover the next two years while the State Department of Education reworks its course of study for mathematics. The next regular meeting for the Coffee County Board of Education is set for Thursday, July 11, at 5:30 p.m.

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