2012-11-28 / Front Page

Hann Hired As SF Interim Superintendent

Fulton County native to serve through June 30, 2013
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

A former county school administrator was unanimously hired as Southern Fulton’s newest leader last Tuesday.

Hervey Hann, a native of Fulton County and former Central Fulton School District superintendent, was hired effective November 21 to serve in the capacity of interim superintendent through June 30, 2013. In a follow-up motion, the board also accepted an agreement between the district and Hann for the same time frame. A copy of the agreement, which would likely contain details regarding salary, could not be obtained by the “News” following the meeting due to the district being on Thanksgiving break.

In other personnel matters acted on during the November 20 meeting, the board accepted with regret resignations from musical director Carolyn Mottern, assistant soccer coach and junior high head soccer coach Brian Mottern and junior high assistant soccer coach Heather Kauffman. The motion to accept the resignations was made after the board reconvened from a nearly hour-long executive session during which personnel, litigation and student issues were discussed.

The board went on to advertise for the vacant positions on a 8-1 roll-call vote. Board member David Smith voted against the matter.

Angela Washington was hired as the district’s new special education teacher retroactive to October 31.

Pending the completion of necessary paperwork, Dorothy Smith, Marjory Leese, Ryan Miller and Brittany Mitchell will be added to the substitute teacher list.

On the heels of several months of discussions, the board failed to accept an agreement with Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania Inc. A copy of the agreement was not available, however, board members Smith, Danny Crouse, Tim Hull, Tim Mellott and Sam Souders voted against it.

The district is slated to advertise for bids to repair the high school track as well as firm up bid prices already received regarding the digitization of district records currently being stored at the old elementary school. It was agreed the records should be perused further in order to determine what can be kept or thrown away.

Retroactive approval was granted for the senior and junior classes to tour Shippensburg University campus on November 6. Trip expenses were paid for by the university.

In addition, 20 juniors and seniors are slated to travel to Washington, D.C., on January 21 to attend the presidential inauguration. Expenses related to the trip will be covered by students. Board member Allen Morton cast the lone dissenting roll-call vote.

Heather Kauffman was given permission to attend the U.S. All- Star Track and Field/Cross-Country Clinic in Atlantic City, N.J., on December 13 and 14.

Ag mechanics teacher Rebecca Mosemann along with four students presented an array of walkalong gliders constructed as part of their ongoing studies on wind and other alternative energy options.

Dan Simpson of Rotz and Stonecifer presented the board with the 2011-12 audit report, which received a clean opinion on the district’s financial statements. Simpson noted there were not any findings in regard to the federal programs and the only internal control problems found stem from being small in size. Simpson touched on the school’s ongoing subsidization of the cafeteria account, a common practice in school districts.

Local resident Daniel Peck also touched on daily cafeteria operations during the public comment. Peck stated that during a grandparent’s day function at the elementary school he witnessed a teacher serving food and the former superintendent washing dishes. He went on to ask for an explanation of how the cafeteria system works and Metz’s involvement in day-to-day operations.

Bus contractor Dave Smith mentioned the recent lack of a flag in the library where board meetings are held monthly. He said he hoped other classrooms weren’t lacking flags as well and that the lack of a flag would not be a habitual occurrence.

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