Watson Chapel superintendent announces score improvements

Watson Chapel School District superintendent Danny Hazelwood announced Monday evening that district advanced placement scores for the 2012-2013 school year improved more than 34 percent from the year before.

Hazelwood spoke during the regular monthly meeting of the WCSD board of directors.

“I received a letter from AP coordinator Ronette Metcalf in which she asked that this achievement be communicated at the board meeting,” Hazelwood said. “Ms. Metcalf wanted to make sure that the teachers are commended for a job well done.”

In other business the board approved a series of personnel recommendations made by Hazelwood.

The hired personnel include Stacy Peyton as a special education teacher; John Koonce as an assistant girls basketball coach as well as a physical education/health teacher; Jeremy Vincent as an assistant high school football coach as well as a physical education/health teacher; Sgt. First Class John Hicks as a JROTC instructor; Karleigh Oakes as a bookkeeper; Jamie Roberts as a central office secretary; Amy Reed and Synthia Harroway as special education due process clerks; Elizabeth Brooks and Glenda Pierce as cafeteria worker substitutes; Alitha Vaughn as a junior high ISS monitor; Dane Ables, Shawn Poindexter, Larry Jackson and Markus Morehead as bus drivers; and Ruthie Gaston as a substitute bus aide.

The board approved a new handbook for the Watson Chapel High School band program.

“We had a couple of instances last fall where we needed to have rules on paper,” Hazelwood said. “So this is an effort to spell out the rules in writing.”

Band director Allen Wimberly said that a copy will be issued to each band student and the students will sign their copy as evidence of their having read and understood its contents.

Hazelwood presented for information only the law and recommended policy that the Department of Education is providing to validate the newly adopted Teacher Evaluation Support System.

“I just wanted to provide this to you today so that you can read over it and get familiar with what is says,” Hazelwood said. “We will vote on it at next month’s meeting.”

The board approved the June financial statement read by Hazelwood.

Hazelwood said that the district received $1,810,954 in June and spent $4,036,919 in the non-activity funds, leaving an ending balance of $5,171,586.