On Monday, Shawnee Board of Education members spent an hour in executive session going over matters regarding personnel and property.

SIDEBAR:

During Shawnee Board of Education meeting Monday night, the group recognized the following staff and volunteers:

Amiee King, certified

Richard Butler, support

Kenna Coffman, support

Tony Hammontree, support

Blanch McVey, support

Debra Brink, support

April Jones, support

Chastity Vereb, volunteer

Brandee Smith, volunteer

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On Monday, Shawnee Board of Education members spent an hour in executive session going over matters regarding personnel and property.

The annual evaluation of Superintendent Dr. April Grace, was first on the list of items requiring action.

The board voted unanimously to renew her contract.

Another agenda item was discussion and possible action regarding a possible vote on property appraisal, purchase or acquisition for school-related uses — there was no mention of what was discussed or decided, but the board also voted to hire certified and support personnel in the same motion:

• approved certified personnel — Amanda Newsom English Language Learner teacher/Districtwide;

• approved support personnel — Cathy Beavers, PreK assistant; Linda Davis, four-hour bus monitor; Monique Radford, four-hour bus driver; Richard Wallace, four-hour bus monitor; Christina Whitten, six-hour bus driver; Brianna Henagar, from four-hour monitor to four-hour bus driver.

In other business, Jenkins and Kemper, CPA, presented a report to the board, issuing a clean audit of the school district.

Board members also voted to push forward with school bond projects, opening bidding for the Shawnee Middle School entryway.

Grace said she wanted to get things rolling, shooting for the possibility of construction being set around Spring Break, if possible.

Debra Watson, with Jim Thorpe Academy (JTA), gave Lowe's employees recognition and thanks for a Hero project recently finished at JTA.

Starting out as a landscaping project, with donated supplies and labor from the store and its employees, the effort quickly turned to a full-fledged facelift to the building.

You can reach Vicky O. Misa at (405) 214-3962.