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Calhoun County board of education met Tuesday, 6 p.m., at Mt. Zion.

Reports were given by Joy Starcher on RESA 5 council meeting; Roger Propst, Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center council meeting; and Bette Ritchie, kindergarten report card.

Ritchie, Pleasant Hill School kindergarten teacher, explained that the new report card will be more user friendly for parents and teachers.

Superintendent Propst announced that the 2010-11 school year at Pleasant Hill will begin without the use of the multi-purpose room and classroom 205, due to a wall that is in an overstressed condition that is unsafe.

The School Building Authority has approved a structural study. The kitchen is able to be used, but an alternate location for eating will be necessary.

“We are over $2,000,000 in emergency funding the SBA has given Pleasant Hill Elementary  . . . It’s a total safety issue (for the students). Hopefully, we can stress that to the SBA to get our funding,” said Propst.

The 2010-20 Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan (CEFP) was approved.

Policies that are old for comment include: Use and possession of electronic communication devices; visitors to school; promotion/retention; and textbooks.

Board members elected Steve Whited, who was absent, as the new board president. Mike Wilson nominated Whited and Faye Barnhart also voted in favor. Joy Starcher had nominated Cynthia Dale. Dale was elected unanimously as vice president.

The board went into execu-tive session from 6:44 to 7:03 p.m. before approving the following personnel items:

--Employment, Melanie Garrett, elementary teacher; Gina Cano-Stump, director, CM/HS band; Matthew Walker, health teacher, CM/HS; Donald Pitts, director of support services; Randall Ball, multi-classified service personnel; Rexell Yoak, head middle school football coach.

--Job postings, science teacher, CM/HS; elementary teacher, PHS; science teacher (includes biology), CM/HS.

--Resignation, Kimberlee Poling, science teacher (includes biology), CM/HS.

The following finances were approved: invoices, $672,220; supplements, $1,153,774; transfers, $991,223; and June financial statement.

Under board concerns, Wilson had complaints of trash on the ground in the service area at CM/HS.

Propst said that there is a crow and animal problem, but he will see that the summer program youth workers are notified.

Barnhart said she received a complaint about the sprinkler system on the football field being left on all day on Monday July 5, and that someone had to turn off the shut off valve at two a.m. on Tuesday, which caused local low water pressure.

Propst said he would take care of the problem.

The meeting adjourned at 7:10 p.m.

Board meeting times were changed from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., but remained on the second Monday of each month.

Future board meetings include: Tuesday, July 27, 7 p.m., special meeting to discuss personnel issues; Monday, Aug. 9, 7 p.m., regular meeting; and Monday, Sept. 13, 4 p.m., board goals meeting; 7 p.m., regular meeting.

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