Bryan receives four-year contract from school board

May. 15, 2013 @ 08:14 AM

The Lee County Board of Education tackled a number of issues in its meeting Tuesday night, ranging from hiring new principals to approving budgetary information and policy changes and finalizing a contract with its soon-to-be superintendent.

The board approved, in a 5-2 vote, a $153,840 four-year contract for Andy Bryan as superintendent starting July 1 and lasting through June 30, 2017. Bryan, the district’s associate superintendent of curriculum and instruction, was chosen at the previous board meeting to take over the top job this summer after current superintendent Jeff Moss retires and takes the same position in Beaufort County, S.C.

Board members Cameron Sharpe and Wendy Carlyle voted against accepting the contract; Lynn Smith, Linda Smith, John Bonardi, Tamara Brogan and Mark Akinosho voted in favor of it.

The school board also hired two new principals, as well as a handful of assistant principals.

Kenna Wilson, who has been principal at SanLee Middle School since its creation in 2008, will become principal at Lee County High School next school year. She will succeed Greg Batten, who is leaving for a similar job in Scotland County. Wilson said she is looking forward to making the move up to high school leadership.

“We did a great job increasing the rigor at the middle school level, and I’m excited to join Lee Senior,” she said after the meeting.

The board also hired Elizabeth Bridges to succeed Wilson at SanLee Middle School, and it hired assistant principals at various schools around the county as well.

The board also approved the second reading of policy changes regarding school reassignment and transfers. After that, it approved the first reading of a different set of policy changes, from the N.C. School Boards Association.

Those changes included revisions or additions to policies on employees with a criminal record, holding students back, curriculum development , allowing out-of-district students to attend school locally, and employee drug and alcohol use — including a new section that would allow the district to search employees and their belongings and force them to take sobriety tests. The changes would also make high school End of Course (EOC) tests worth 25 percent of students’s final grades.

The board also approved an auction of surplus vehicles, office furniture and classroom and kitchen materials to take place at 9 a.m. June 12. The vehicle auction will be held at the district’s transportation headquarters, at 416 Cox Maddox Road. Everything else will be sold at the old Jonesboro Elementary School campus, located at 400 Cox Maddox Road. A full list of what items are for sale and how many there are can be found on the agenda from Tuesday’s meeting, located online at

In other action, the board:

* Approved its 2013-14 budget book.

*Approved the consent agenda, which included amendments to its 2012-13 budget that amounted to an extra $510,943.60.

* Honored the custodial team at Deep River Elementary School for winning April’s Clean School of the Month award.

* Saw a presentation from Greenwood Elementary School staff about two third-grade teachers who combined their classes in a creative teaching strategy. At the end of second grade, 19 of the 36 students read below grade level. By the end of third grade, the unorthodox classroom setting had eight students reading below grade level, and the other 28 at or above grade level.

* Saw a presentation from J.R. Ingram Elementary School students working with Communities in Schools in an academic leadership program. The students had created an outline of five rules that every academic leader should follow, which they passed out to Moss and board members. They then quizzed them on several items and had them perform various team-building exercises.

* Recognized East Lee Middle School counselors Katie Beck and Rebecca Harris as creators of the district’s Website of the Month.