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Superintendent to present plan for new central office today

Published 11:53am Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Tallapoosa County Board of Education is making progress toward acquiring a new central office.

The board authorized superintendent Joe Windle to finalize plans for the building, which will be presented to the board at 4 p.m. Thursday at a special work session.

“Thursday, (we will be) presenting to the board numbers on total costs for the building and providing with them with a draftsman drawing,” Windle said. “The building will consist of 14 offices and a meeting room that allows us to hold our meetings at that location rather than having to use the commissioners’ conference room.”

Thursday’s discussion will include how they plan to finance the building. The Tallapoosa County Commission has budgeted $40,000 for 10 years to help the finance the building. The new central office is projected to be a 7,000 square foot building with an estimated cost of $480,000.

The board also approved the probationary contracts for two new principals – Chad McKelvey and Melanie McKinney. McKelvey was named principal of Dadeville Elementary and McKinney was named Councill Middle School principal in July of this year.

Principals hired after the year 2000 are all contract principals, Windle said, and must go through a probationary period first.

“The law requires a probationary period – it can be one or two years,” Windle said.

After the probationary period, Windle said, the board could choose to offer the principals another one-year probationary contract or offer a full contract. If the probationary contract is extended to another year, the board must decide whether to let the principal go or offer a full contract.

“We hope that after this probationary period we would make a good decision on whether to offer them a permanent (minimum three year) contract or let them go,” Windle said.

Prior to the year 2000, Windle said principals had teacher contracts instead.

“A tenured principal had a teacher contract, and the salaries were determined by the salary matrix,” Windle said. “The contract principals get the opportunity to negotiate their contracts.”

The board heard a request from the Reeltown Quarterback Club, which is seeking to dedicate the new field house at Reeltown High School as the Jackie O’Neal and Chad Abrams Fieldhouse. The group also wants to name the field the Jackie L. O’Neal field and plans to have a naming ceremony on Nov. 1 at the Reeltown versus Notasulga game.

The board agreed to discuss the possible naming of the field house and field at its upcoming special work session Thursday at 4 p.m.

The next work session is scheduled for Nov. 13 at 5 p.m., with the next regularly scheduled meeting slated for Nov. 20.

The board also:

- Approved changes to the salary matrix to conform to the new state salary matrix

- Approved posting a job for a computer technician and career technical director

- Approved the continuous improvement plan for Dadeville High School