The Board of Education met in the evening for its work session and a special meeting. Superintendent Claire Dryden told the board members they would be receiving information about a budget amendment for their next meeting on Monday. Board chairman Dana Turner asked how the recently passed education budget would affect the school system.
The school system lost some money it previously used to pay teachers and it will have to dip into the general fund and use grant money to maintain those positions, Dryden said.
In addition, she told the board members the system would be hiring more teachers and support personnel for the coming school year than it had for the school year that just ended.
The system will be hiring an additional math teacher for Ranburne High School, a half-day social studies teacher at Cleburne County High School and half-day teacher at the alternative school as well as a college and career readiness coach and a facilities manager, Dryden said.
The school system will also be able to rehire all but one of the teacher aides it had cut, she told the members.
“Because we’ve had people retire, change, resign,” Dryden said. “So, we’ll have a net gain on the people we’ll employ and we’ll have smaller class sizes in math and science at Cleburne County High School and at Ranburne.”
The board spent the bulk of the evening in an executive session for which it gave no reason. Superintendent Claire Dryden did produce a letter from the board attorney saying the matters to be discussed were appropriate for executive session.
The board had three people speak to them during the executive session: Bobby Ray Green, who is the grandparent of a student, according to Dryden; Jonathan Pollard and teacher Matt Smith. When the board came back into its regular meeting it took no action and went directly into the work session.
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