Ray, Monaghan approved as new principals in Calhoun County

By Mack Spencer/Monitor-Herald

PITTSBORO – The county school board filled its vacant principal slot with two established teachers from within the district.
The newly reinstated principalship at Calhoun City Middle School will be filled by CCHS science teacher and coach Mike Ray. The new position will take Ray away from a successful football coaching career in which he led the Wildcats to multiple state title games and made the playoffs almost every year.
At Bruce Middle School, Paula Monaghan will replace the retiring Linda White. Monaghan is a longtime teacher at Bruce Elementary School, and was selected as the school’s Teacher of the Year in 2006-2007.
Ray’s appointment re-establishes the middle school as a separate entity from Calhoun City High School and recreates the principalship the school had until the early 2000s.
The school is also regaining fifth grade this year. When the principalship was canceled and the middle was merged with the high school, fifth-graders were sent to Calhoun City Elementary School.
In other business:
– Two teachers addressed the school board.
CCHS physical education teacher and basketball coach Darren Coffey asked the board to consider air conditioning for the gymnasium.
“Physical education is a requirement now,” Coffey reminded the board. “We have summer programs in the gym, and it’s getting hotter and hotter in there now.”
Board president Billy McCord told Coffey the lack of a state budget had impacted the board’s ability to set local spending priorities, but the request would be taken under advisement.
Wendy Daughdrill, a former English, Spanish and journalism teacher at CCHS, asked the board for a better explanation of why she was terminated from the district. The board met in executive session to discuss the matter and said Daughdrill would be notified in writing later.
– Policy and handbook changes were approved.
School competition trips taken in school buses will be charged to participants or organizations at $1 per mile. Field trips will be charged at $1.50 per mile.
The board voted 4-1 to retain the 10-point grading scale, with its lowest passing grade of 61. Board member Danny Harrelson said he felt the grading scale lowered standards to much, and he cast the dissenting vote.
The athletic handbook was amended to allow unruly spectators to be banned from sports venues for the remainder of the year.
– The district renewed property and liability insurance, with a decrease in premium from almost $100,000 to just under $94,000.
– The board gave pre-approval to accepting the lowest and bids on transportation supplies when bids are received and opened.
– Donations to the district included: Bruce High School – $100 from Sandra and Tommy Cain to FFA, $100 from the Lions Club to the Accelerated Reader program; CCHS – $1,359 from the softball boosters to the softball program, $60,000 metal building from the baseball boosters to the baseball program.
– The board approved a new position of curriculum facilitator in the central office.
– Personnel recommendations include Whitney White and Larry Mardis as special education teachers; Stephen Adams, Clint Young and Jennifer Duncan as regular classroom teachers; Carmon Miller as vocational counselor; Amanda Long as administrative secretary at the central office; Ernest Corbitt as custodian.
Resignations included Jerry Bradford Parker as classroom teacher; Tammy Pounds and Bonnie Williams as bus drivers.