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.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Lynn Pryor was the keynote speaker for today’s Hopkinsville Kiwanis Club meeting and gave attendees a recap of her first term in office.
Pryor told local Kiwanians she looks forward to serving another six-year term, even though she says her first term in office was tough due to personal strife and obstacles she faced at work.
Pryor says despite the challenges she faced during the past several years, she says she vows to keep violent criminals behind bars and will continue to fight tooth and nail to keep the streets safe from criminal activity.
Following her speech, Pryor answered questions from the audience about her personal thoughts on current legislation and her personal life.
This month’s Kiwanis Club meeting was held at the Pennyrile Rural Electric Office located on East 21st Street, due to the WHOP Rotary Radio Auction being held inside the War Memorial building.
The Clarksville Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating an alleged shoplifter that hit a store employee with his vehicle as he fled the scene on Saturday, April 14th.
Police say around 2:45 p.m. officers responded to Kohls located in the 2800 block of Wilma Rudolph Boulevard after a loss prevention officer saw a male with a knife stealing clothing in the store.
When officers arrived on the scene, the suspect was seen running from the store with a loss prevention officer chasing him around the parking lot including the store’s assistant manager attempting to stop the man.
Police say the suspect managed to get into his vehicle, but hit the assistant manager with his vehicle as he fled, causing the employee to be knocked to the ground.
The shoplifter took about $300 worth of merchandise and police say the assistant manager sustained minor non–life threatening injuries.
Anyone with information about the shoplifting incident is urged to contact 931-645-8477.
Officials from the Trigg County Crime Stoppers organization were in Hopkinsville this morning to learn how best to get started on the right foot.
Trigg Sheriff’s Sgt. Jimmy Godair and secretary Fay Godair met with Hopkinsville-Christian County Crime Stoppers Coordinator Paul Ray at the Public Safety Building. Sgt. Godair said Trigg Crime Stoppers has gained its non-profit corporation status and has begun receiving much-needed donations to get its feet on the ground.
The Christian County Crime Stoppers organization has been one of the most successful in the state in getting wanted fugitives off the street for several years and Sgt. Godair says Officer Ray’s help has been invaluable in getting started.
Contact the Sheriff’s office at 270-522-6014 for more information or to make a donation to Trigg County Crime Stoppers.
Renovations continue at the Elkton City Park, with some already completed.
Elkton City Clerk Laura Brock says a dollar for dollar matching grant has allowed the city to completely restore the skate park, which is already being utilized.
Ms. Brock says there are more jobs left, including replacing the pavilion and laying down new gravel.
The work will cost the city about 65 thousand dollars, with the federal block grant to fund the other 65 thousand. Officials in Elkton invite people from across the area to come see the renovations as they are completed.