Hed: Ashby named assistant principal at Shannon Elementary

Hed: Ashby named assistant principal at Shannon Elementary

By Monique Harrison

Daily Journal

The Lee County School Board named Tupelo teacher Sandra Ashby to the newly created post of assistant principal at Shannon Elementary during Tuesday’s regularly scheduled business meeting.

The Thomas Street Elementary teacher was Tupelo Public Schools’ 1995 Teacher of the Year. Ashby, who at one point also had a school bus route, has been recognized by the Association for Excellence in Education for her efforts to encourage reading.

Ashby used grant money to purchase books that appeal to students in kindergarten through fourth-grade. She made the books available to the youngsters on her route, encouraging them to take the books home, read them and then write reports, which she read and evaluated.

The 39-year-old Shannon resident has been teaching for 15 years. She worked with hearing-impaired students at Nettleton Elementary for four years. She also taught five years at Verona School and has spent the past six years at Thomas Street.

Ashby, who is currently teaching first grade, said she expects her move from the classroom to the office to be a tough one.

“I’m anxious about it – a little nervous,” Ashby said. “But this summer, I’m going to be doing some training and I expect to learn a lot.

“I’m so used to having those 25 kids with me and being responsible for that group,” she said. “I’m going from being responsible for 25 to being responsible for 500.”

The board’s move comes after a decision last month to advertise for the new post.

“Shannon Elementary has a lot of students,” board member Ed Summers said of the 705-student school. “They really need another administrator out there to help oversee things. I think they made a good choice in hiring her. She will really help out over there.”

Every elementary school, with the exception of Plantersville School, has an assistant principal. Plantersville has only 386 students.

The board also voted to approve the installation of lights on the newly constructed Mooreville High School softball field. The project is expected to cost an estimated $10,000.

The board also:

– Unanimously approved the 1996-97 student handbook.

-Heard a report on the proposed expansion of the North Mississippi Medical Center’s School Health Center Project. The program currently helps fund one full-time school nurse, who spends half of her time in a Lee County School and the rest of her time in the Tupelo Public Schools District.

If the proposed expansion is approved by hospital officials, Lee County could receive an additional full-time school nurse. The decision is expected to be made by the end of the month.

-Unanimously approved a proposal that would extend school a few minutes each day next year. The move is an attempt to provide the district with additional bad weather days. This year, the school year was extended by three days to make up for time missed during a February ice storm. The details of the plan, including how many minutes the day will be extended, will be announced this summer.