At last Thursday's Randolph County Board of Education meeting, the board met in executive session for some 50 minutes before approving the personnel action recommendations.
A number of students and parents from Woodland were in attendance at the meeting and one student representing students at the school was called into the session with the board. It is not known exactly why the board met in executive session, but on the agenda it stated "to discuss current litigation and personnel."
After coming back into session, the board approved the following personnel actions:
- To non-renew the employment contract of Kristy McKinzey as English teacher at Woodland High School.
- To non-renew the employment contract of Josh Ledbetter, math teacher at Woodland High.
- Resignation of Paige Jones, custodian at Wadley High School.
- Resignation of Katie Richardson, lunchroom worker at Randolph County High School.
- Resignation due to retirement of Gilda Stewart, kindergarten teacher at Woodland Elementary.
- Brianna Jones as speech-language teacher at Wedowee Elementary.
- Jessica Robinson as elementary teacher at Wedowee Elementary.
- Elizabeth Dunham as elementary teacher at Rock Mills Junior High School.
- Alyssa Kent as elementary teacher at Wadley.
- Rodney Berryhill as custodian at Rock Mills.
- Hannah Norton as special education teacher at Woodland Elementary.
- Carrie Whatley and Michelle Curtis as substitute teachers and substitute support personnel.
In his report, Superintendent John Jacobs said this year has been the most difficult year ever for the school system. He said, "I feel for the kids because they have missed out on so much. The teachers have had to work extra hard, and I commend them."