Bell to be in­terim prin­ci­pal at Cave Spring

For­mer Pep­perell Ele­men­tary Prin­ci­pal Shelly Bell is tem­po­rar­ily com­ing out of retirement to fill the va­cancy left by Trina Self, start­ing Dec. 1.

Rome News-Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - By Spencer Lahr Staff Writer SLahr@RN-T.com

For­mer Pep­perell Ele­men­tary Prin­ci­pal Shelly Bell will be the in­terim prin­ci­pal for Cave Spring Ele­men­tary School, start­ing Dec. 1.

Bell, who is cur­rently re­tired, will take the role of cur­rent Prin­ci­pal Trina Self, who an­nounced her plan to re­tire last month, af­ter the Floyd County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion ap­proved the per­son­nel change dur­ing its meet­ing Thurs­day. Bell will fin­ish out this school year.

“I think the teach­ers will be very happy with that choice,” said John Jack­son, the su­per­in­ten­dent of Floyd County Schools, adding the as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal may have to fill in some days so Bell’s Teacher Retirement Sys­tem ben­e­fits aren’t af­fected.

In the spring, the sys­tem will post the job open­ing and will be­gin look­ing at in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal can­di­dates, Jack­son said.

The board also ap­proved the hir­ing of six bus driv­ers. Two more could pos­si­bly be brought on in the com­ing week, and the sys­tem is get­ting close to be­ing fully-staffed, said Deputy Su­per­in­ten­dent April Childers.

The sys­tem, like many oth­ers in the state, has had trou­ble find­ing bus driv­ers, some­thing Jack­son said can be con­trib­uted to an im­prov­ing econ­omy, which pro­vides more op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple to find full-time jobs. With not enough driv­ers, co­or­di­na­tors in the trans­porta­tion depart­ment have had to go out on routes, he added.

Feb. 16 and Feb. 19, which are part of the win­ter break for Floyd County Schools, have been des­ig­nated as in­clement weather makeup days if needed.

Two days in Septem­ber that schools were closed due to Trop­i­cal Storm Irma will not have to be made up, Jack­son said. How­ever, if more clos­ings oc­cur, the sys­tem can use th­ese days to make up for the loss in in­struc­tion time, he added.

The board also ap­proved putting in place makeup days for next school year, with Feb. 15 and Feb. 18 in 2019 be­ing the des­ig­nated dates. Jack­son said par­ents will be no­ti­fied if the sys­tem plans to have kids

in schools those days, so they can ad­just any plans they may have made for win­ter break.

An $80,000 lit­er­acy min­i­grant from the Gover­nor’s Of­fice of Stu­dent Achieve­ment was ap­proved by the board. The one-year grant will pro­vide lit­er­acy pro­fes­sional train­ing to all pre-K teach­ers in the sys­tem, as well as those at five pro­grams in the com­mu­nity. John Parker, the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of aca­demics, said there is a need for more lit­er­acy train­ing and there are no match­ing funds re­quired to ac­cess the grant fund­ing.

John Jack­son

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