Quitman ISD approves administrative contracts

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Quitman ISD trustees extended contracts to all of the district’s administrative employees during last week’s school board meeting.

The contract extensions included the following: Quitman Elementary Principal Mary Ann Nichols, Junior High Principal Chrystal Ballard, High School Principal Dana Hamrick, QES Assistant Principal Lance Morrow, QJH Assistant Principal Todd Shackelford, QHS Assistant Principal David French, Assistant Superintendent Angela Brown, QISD Athletic Director Bryan Oakes, Director of Finance Cayla Mars and Information Technology (IT) Director Scott Turner. 

Superintendent Rhonda Turner, who received a five-year contract extension in January, emphasized the importance of consistency in administration.

“Stability of leadership on the campuses, and at the district level is critical to the success of our school district. Specifically with our campuses it is important to have continuity and strong instructional leaders,” Turner said. “QISD has invested time in growing our leaders, and will continue to push for the very best for our students.”

Nichols, Ballard, Hamrick, Shackelford, Oakes and Brown’s contracts were extended to 2021. French, Morrow, Turner and Mars’ contracts were extended to 2020.

Also at the meeting, Mars briefed the board on the district’s options for investments.

Trustees approved resolutions amending the authorized representatives with TexPool, First Public and BTH Bank to have up-to-date contact information.

Rutherford, Taylor and Company P.C. was selected as the district auditors for the year ending Aug. 31, 2019.

The second reading of Update 112 concerning updates to administrative policies was tabled.

Selection of procurement method for construction-related services for the tennis courts project was postponed. A standard form of agreement between the district and Harris Craig Architects was postponed as well.

Quitman Junior High robotics, UIL, One Act Play and art students were recognized for their awards and accomplishments during the student showcase.

In the superintendent’s report, Turner told the board enrollment is doing well despite the flu and other illnesses going around.

Mars gave the financial reports to the board.

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