Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

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November 14, 2012

Hughes will lead BT & JSP

Cordele — Cindy Hughes who was appointed principal of Blackshear Trail Elementary at the beginning of this school year will add principal of J. S. Pate Elementary to her resume Dec. 1. Her dual appointment was finalized at the Tuesday Crisp County Board of Education meeting.

Tere Gibbs, current J. S. Pate principal has announced her retirement, effective Nov. 30. Since the new Crisp County Elementary School will open with all the students in Blackshear Trial and J. S. Pate transferring to the new location in the fall of 2014, Board of Education members opted to increase Ms. Hughes' responsibilities rather than employ a principal for Pate for the remainder of this school year.

In addition to Ms. Gibbs, two classroom teachers also will be retiring at the end of November, Brenda Posey who teaches first grade at Blackshear Trail and Joy Adams who is a kindergarten teacher at J. S. Pate.

Besides Ms. Hughes' appointment, Hank Hobby will be leaving a kindergarten classroom at Blackshear Trail to become academic coach at that same school, also effective Dec. 1.

Vice Chairman Scott Forehand who presided at the BOE meeting in the absence of Chairman Troy Pullin, reminded board members that this past Friday, Nov. 9 was the deadline for accepting applications for superintendent. Forehand said Bill Sampson from the Georgia School Boards Association staff told him there are some 27 applicants. The process of categorizing and prioritizing applications will begin in the state office Wednesday, the vice chairman added.

Superintendent Jay Brinson announced two months ago that he will be retiring at the end of this contract year which is July 1, 2013. Local BOE members enlisted the help of the state school boards association in conducting the search for a new school leader in Crisp County.

During his report at Tuesday's meeting, Brinson reported that Crisp County High School's competition cheerleading squad progressed to the state finals this past Saturday in Columbus. Of the 64 squads performing in the finals, Crisp County finished in 10th place.

Even though football season is over and basketball hasn't started yet, Brinson told board members that wrestling season begins this Saturday at 9 a.m. in the Cougar gym. He encouraged everyone to attend the matches for some entertaining, yet intense competition.

A variety of field trips was approved, and a new organization, the CCHS Dance Team was allowed to conduct several fundraisers with the proceeds being used to buy uniforms, shoes, sweat suits and clothing bags.

With 33% of the board's fiscal year completed, Brinson reported that expenses are on target with 33% of the budgeted amount having been expended. Because tax collections have not yet begun, less than 24% of the budgeted revenue has been collected so far.


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