The newly appointed Christian County Public School Superintendent will likely have some flexibility in hiring new staff following tonight’s board of education meeting.
School board members approved to hold off on the hiring and firing of central office and school administrators until a new superintendent is appointed to allow the person the opportunity to hire new staff.
Sheila Cottrell was the only board member to vote against it and school officials say tonight’s decision will not affect the hiring or firing of other employees.
In other business, the school district is going ahead with plans to go paperless over the summer in an effort to cut down on costs.
Jessica Darnell told board members about new software that was recently purchased to make accounts more accessible and documents like pay stubs easier to read.
Darnell says by going paperless, the school district will save about $3,000 each year by not printing pay stubs and various payroll related documents and believes the new software will be available to school employees by July.
In other business, school board members decided to keep the contract between Hopkinsville Police and the Christian County Sheriff’s Office the same in providing a school resource officer in each school.
For fiscal year 2012-13, both agencies were asking for an increase totaling $5,750 to provide the same service.
Prior to their votes, Hopkinsville Police Chief Guy Howie spoke about the importance of having police presence in local elementary schools.
School board members then went into closed session to discuss pending litigation and took no action.