BOE to enter into contract talks with Dr. Gardenhour

Published 6:50 pm Friday, July 14, 2017

The Board of Education for Elizabethton City Schools is scheduled to meet Tuesday, July 18, at 6:30 p.m. with an abbreviated agenda that features a look at the contract for Director of Schools Dr. Corey Gardenhour.
Members are scheduled to vote on appointing Board Chair Rita Booher to enter into contract negotiations with the director during Tuesday’s meeting.
The topic of the director’s contract was brought up during a recent meeting where BOE members met in a workshop. Support from the director was unanimous for the Dr. Gardenhour, currently in the second year of a four-year contract.
With the current contract in place, the maximum the board could extend the contract out for the director would be two years.
Another topic to be discussed during Tuesday’s meeting includes a possible agreement between ECS and Interquest.
Officials will vote whether or not to enter into an agreement with the company for detection canines from August 2017 to May 2018 for $3,000 for ten half-day visits.
According to information provided by the school system, Interquest is licensed and registered by the U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration, Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Commission on Private Security.
The company will provide contraband inspection services utilizing nonaggressive contraband detection canines to search pinpoint areas and not search persons of students or visitors.
Elizabethton City Schools announced Friday via their Facebook page that parents will be able to log into family access account July 31.
“Parents, as we update Skyward, you will not be able to log in to your family access accounts. We apologize for any inconvenience. Accounts will be accessible on July 31, at which time, you will be able to complete student data forms, update your contact information and more. Thanks for your patience during this time,” the district said in a statement on the social media site.
In other business, the BOE will:
* Vote to approve the creation of a part-time assistant to the teacher position at East Side Elementary
* Vote to approve the creation of a reading interventionist position at West Elementary

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