School board votes to hire "SAM"

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By Geoff Hamill

The Washington County School System’s newest employee is SAM.

The board voted Monday night to create a position at Washington County High School that will be known as school administration manager, or SAM. The position comes after multiple discussions about hiring a school resource officer at the high school ended in the board voting to not create that position. The SAM will have some of the responsibilities of the proposed SRO, but will also have additional duties.

Among the possible responsibilities listed on the school board agenda for the position are supervision during hall changes and during class time, help with discipline referrals, truancy, supervising evening events, and assisting with lunchroom supervision. The person hired for the position will also offer immediate relief for principals to have time to spend instructional leadership, assessment, and support for teachers. Other administrative duties can be assigned depending on the strengths of the person hired.

According to interim superintendent Sonny Fentress, the position would by law have to be hired by the high school’s site based decision making council, although the school board will set the salary for the position. That salary was determined to be a minimum of $39,846, according to Ruth Ann Cocanougher, the school system’s financial officer. Cocanougher said if the person hired for the position has teaching certification, then the pay would be more, and would be based on the number of years of teaching experience and rank of the employee.


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