HCS board approves new positions

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By Kelly Cantrall

With an eye on improving instruction, Hardin County Schools changed some of the makeup of its Central Office staff. The HCS board voted Thursday to establish two new positions during a special meeting at Central Hardin High School.

The new positions are a program/data consultant and an instructional consultant. The program/data consultant will analyze programs used in the district for effectiveness as well data from assessments taken throughout the year. The instructional consultant will help implement programs in schools and assist with teacher training.

Individuals hired to fill the positions each will be paid $7,810 in addition of the teacher salary they would make based on years of experience. They will be paid with federal money, not out of the district’s general fund. The positions will not be created if the district doesn’t receive enough federal money, Superintendent Nannette Johnston said.

The new positions are part of a change in instructional support at the Central Office level that was inspired by a recent state audit. Instruction was the one area that didn’t improve from a 2007 audit. The new structure identifies levels of support and who will be providing it. Johnston said she wants Central Office to be seen as a service center for staff members in the district.

The board voted unanimously for the changes, but members Michael Kinney and Charlie Wise expressed some hesitancy about spending the money and how it would be perceived by teachers in the district.

Board Chairwoman Kay Sharon said employees in the new capacities would serve teachers and help with their duties.

Other positions impacted at the meeting include three interventionist positions, which were changed to instructional coach positions. The director of public relations will have 20 extra work days reinstated, at a cost of $4,100. A gifted and talented-grant coordinator position will be added to a teacher’s position, with six added work days and incremental pay of $3,000.

Another step was added to the salary schedule by the board for associate superintendents, pushing them above the salary available for a high school principal. The board decided to add a $5,000 increase to the step’s increment.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.