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July 17, 2013 9:51:22 AM
When Columbus students return to school Aug. 7, they will see a variety of new faces -- including principals, teachers and staff.
During Monday night's meeting of the Columbus Municipal School Board, the board voted 4-1 to approve 74 personnel moves. Among the changes to the district's personnel were two principals who are taking a pay cut to change positions.
Nancy Bragg, the now former principal at Sale Elementary, will move to the central office to serve as interim testing and special services coordinator. Bragg, who was making $77,600 a year at Sale, will take a $2,000 pay cut and earn $74,971 in the new position. She has worked in the district for more than 25 years.
Kimberly Wright, assistant principal at Cook Elementary, will be replacing Bragg at Sale Elementary as interim principal and will earn $71,200.
Bragg is replacing current testing and special services coordinator Kimberly Gardner who is moving to interim principal at Stokes Beard. Gardner will receive a nearly $10,000-per-year raise to $73,400.
Gardner is replacing Stokes Beard principal Pamela Lenoir. Lenoir, who is currently earning $75,600, will take a pay cut to work at the central office as director of accountability. She will earn $72,971 a year.
Stokes Beard Curriculum Coordinator Tawan Williams will move to Cook Elementary as interim assistant principal, earning $52,008.
During Monday night's board meeting, board member Glenn Lautzenhiser made a motion to approve the personnel changes. The motion died for lack of a second and the meeting continued.
After the board emerged from executive session, board president Jason Spears asked board members about their concerns with the personnel changes.
Fellow board member Angela Verdell questioned the "interim" title placed before several of the changes such as Bragg, Wright and Gardner.
Temporary interim superintendent Edna McGill explained that when Dr. Myra Gillis retired from her position as director of accountability, it opened a floodgate of new positions.
The motion passed 4-1, with board member Currie Fisher casting the lone dissenting vote.
Wednesday, McGill further explained the personnel changes.
"We had one vacancy and so once we filled that vacancy it created another vacancy," she said.
McGill said the title of interim on several of the positions is temporary until the district can advertise those openings.
"It is a process of getting the key people in place to get school started, then allow us time to post and interview in the event that there are people interested," McGill said. "It's a process of mainly getting the right people in the right places."
The changes in roles for Bragg, Gardner, Williams and Wright are effective immediately, McGill said.
Sarah Fowler covers crime, education and community related events for The Dispatch.
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