Whitesburg KY

Jenkins gets new principal

Jenkins Independent Schools has a new elementary schools principal. At a special called meeting on Tuesday evening, Superintendent Deborah Watts announced that Stacie Helton Collins has been named elementary principal. Superintendent Watts said Stacy Collins is an outstanding educator who served as an elementary teacher at Burdine Elementary before becoming principal. Collins was named as the Jenkins School System’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year for the 2011–2012 school year. She will work out of Burdine Elementary School. Watts also said the system has an open position to serve in a dual role as assistant principal for the middle school and McRoberts Elementary.

The board also voted unanimously to abolish one old position and create a new position with many of the same duties but with a different employment standard. Superintendent Watts asked that the old position of transportation director be abolished. The position also included bus driver trainer, building and grounds director and energy director. The board voted unanimously to abolish the position and to create the new position of administrative assistant that includes many of the same duties.

The new position requires a bachelor’s degree and the person hired will assist with the duties of transportation director and scheduler, energy director, building and grounds director and all other duties deemed necessary by the superintendent. In a separate motion, the board voted unanimously to set the pay rate at the teacher’s pay scale. Watts said the system will not have a bus driver trainer this year but will send drivers to training elsewhere. She said she wants to make certain that there are enough trained substitute drivers as well.

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