The Bibb County school board voted to make Randy Howard the system’s in-house counsel at its meeting Thursday night. Howard, whose position was advertised with a yearly salary between $110,000 and $130,000, will handle personnel and other matters.
School leaders have previously said having an in-house attorney would save the system money. The Atlanta-based firm of Hall, Booth, Smith & Slover also provides legal services to Bibb County schools.
The board also agreed to enter an agreement with SunTrust bank to provide banking services to the school system. Wells Fargo, whose name is on the building that houses Bibb’s main offices, previously provided those services to the school system.
A banking services review committee made up of central office staff members considered costs, number of branches, types of services offered, sustainability and online convenience among six bids.
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Bibb honors retiring employees
The Bibb County school board recognized five long-time employees who are retiring from the school system at its meeting Thursday night.
The retirees, who are leaving the system this month, all have more than 20 years of experience under their belts.
They five retiring educators are Linda Langley, hearing coordinator in the student support services department, 33 years in Bibb County; Florence Herring, family engagement facilitator at Burghard Elementary, 38 years in Bibb County; Devona Zodun, special education teacher at Barden Elementary, 35 years in Bibb County; Donna Pierce, sixth grade teacher at Weaver Middle, with 27 years in Bibb County; and Shirley Williams, paraprofessional at Brookdale Elementary, with 26 years in Bibb County.
Langley, Herring and Williams spent all their working years at Bibb County schools.
Houston OKs calendars for next two years
The Houston County Board of Education approved calendars for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years at last week’s school board meeting.
The calendars are similar to the model used for the past five years, said district spokeswoman Beth McLaughlin.
For both school years, students will begin school on Aug. 1, and the last day of the school year will be the Friday before Memorial Day.
The schedules also include a week off in October for fall break, in November for Thanksgiving, and the first week of April for spring break. In February, there is a winter break for two or three days. Students will be off 10 school days for Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
To view the calendars, visit www.hcbe.net/school-calendar.aspx.
Compiled by Telegraph staff Andrea Castillo and Caryn Grant.