Scott Dill

Houston Middle School Principal Scott Dill was named the “acting superintendent” of the district at Monday’s board of education meeting.

Dill will fill the vacated role of Dr. Dan Vandiver, who requested and was granted a “professional leave of absence” earlier this month from his position as superintendent.

Dill, who said he is certified with the state to serve as a superintendent and will pursue his doctorate beginning in January, will split time between the middle school building and superintendent’s office.

Dill joined the district in 2007 as middle school principal. He previously spent his first 10 years in education as library media specialist and technology director at Macks Creek Schools.

Dill’s wife, Amy, is the Houston Elementary School principal.

Also at Monday’s meeting, school board members:

–Heard an annual audit report for the district from Mike Catlett of Catlett and Associates, LLC. Catlett reported the district is financially sound and is engaged in financial practices with sufficient checks and balances to ensure accuracy in all financial reporting. The district has an unrestricted fund balance of 21 percent of annual operating expenses.

Dill said copies of the audit are available in the superintendent’s office.

–Reviewed policy related to staff and student relations, specifically the “Facebook Law.” It was the first read of the policy by the board.

–Were presented the most recent version of the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) from Audrey Kell. It has been streamlined to reflect the current focus of the district in regard to student performance, highly qualified staff, facilities and parental involvement.

–Heard concerns from administrators with wording in the “school resource officer agreement” that they believe might be restrictive to the effectiveness of the officer’s performance of duties. The board asked the administrative team to discuss the issue and report back in January.

–Agreed to an extension lease of the building that hosts the Exceptional Child Cooperative.

–Listened to concerns from administrators regarding the size of special education classrooms. Based on the number of students transitioning next year from the elementary to middle school, there is a concern that current classroom allocations will not be adequate for the needs of the program. Options for relocation of classrooms were discussed.

–Hired Brandon Sigman as a paraprofessional for the second semester of the current school year.

–Approved six new substitutes: Julia Pounds, Brett Crewse, Ashli Todaro, Debra Brown, Cheryl Thurman and Jerica Hayes (cafeteria).

–Noted their appreciation to building administrators for their inclusion of classroom activities in their monthly written reports.

All members of the school board were in attendance.

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