OCBOE Discusses Interim Contract

The Overton County Board of Education met in regular session last Tuesday and discussed the contract for the new Interim Director Dr. Donnie Holman.

The board met and discussed the contract of Interim Director Holman, which will be set to end June 30, 2022.

According to Chairman Jarman Hicks, Holman’s salary will be comparable—not exact—to that of the former director.

“[The contract] does not have any performance evaluators on it,” Hicks said. “Mr. Cagle’s [school board attorney] recommendation is that there should be none. It will be hard to go by performance standards during his shortened term.”

Hicks informed that when the time comes, Holman will be eligible to apply for the permanent position.

Former director Dr. Mark Winningham has been assigned a new position in the school system as the County-wide Virtual Instruction Liaison.

In other business, OCEA Representative Jennifer Eilender lauded appreciation to Holman for waiving Kindergarten portfolios for the system’s teachers.

“That portfolio does nothing for the students,” she said. “That is what we’re here for. We’re here for the students.”

“I’m hearing a lot of great feedback about Dr. Holman,” Eilender added. “He’s been sending out really positive and supportive messages to the staff and faculty. So far I have heard nothing but the highest praises.”

In other business, the board approved an extension of the benefits that were given under the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FCCRA).

Holman explained that one of the benefits included in the FCCRA is up to 10 paid sick days for reasons accrued by COVID-19.

For more on this story, pick up a copy of this week’s Livingston Enterprise.

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