Casey citizens want algebra teacher hired

September 10, 2003|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

LIBERTY - A group of concerned citizens came before the Casey County Board of Education Monday night concerning the lack of a full-time algebra teacher at the high school.

The school has been without a math teacher since the beginning of the fall semester.

"I care, I'm interested, and I'm concerned with the other parents," said Lee Murphy, spokesman for the group. He said the substitute teacher was not doing the job.

He said the school had a good algebra teacher, until she took a position elsewhere. He expressed concern about the students getting behind in the class and how they will score on college entrance tests.

"If they get behind this year, they will be behind in years to come," said Murphy. He said 50 percent of the SAT test is math. He asked the school board to do something about hiring another teacher soon.


Superintendent Linda Hatter said the position has been posted. She said she did not know that a substitute teacher was not working out.

"We're trying desperately to find a teacher," she said. "We're searching every avenue to find someone."

Other algebra teachers are filling in now. She said some first-year teachers will be available in December, but she wants to find someone to fill the position in a few weeks.

Hatter reported the following personnel actions Monday:

Hired were Sandy Wolford, districtwide evaluator; Melissa Cravens, elementary guidance counselor; Deidre Goodman, music teacher and assistant band director; Freida Myers, teacher at Middleburg Elementary; Leathel Bowles, assistant football coach at the high school; and Brenda Buck, transferred from custodian to instructional assistant at Douglas Elementary.

Also, Brenda Smith's hours were increased from 4.75 to 8 per day at the high school; Teresa Shaw was named school council secretary; 33 extended school services and seven substitute teachers were hired; and Kathy Goode was named community person for the English as a Second Language program at the high school.

Hatter also accepted the resignations of Lanna McAninch, middle school academic team coach, and Judy Maupin, middle school instructional assistant.

The board extended the terms of employment for Karen Ellison, instructional assistant at Liberty Elementary to 7.25 hours per day; and created seven 21st Century site coordinator positions to assist the coordinator in achieving goals and objectives of the center. Each will work 15 to 20 hours a week in each school.

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