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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Moody gets Positive Evaluation and Contract Extension - School Meals to Increase up to 30%

At the July 28 Rock Hill School board meeting, the board gave Superintendent Lynn Moody a very positive evaluation and a two year contract extension (through June 30, 2013). Dr. Moody's new annual salary will be $161,275.  The Board vote was unanimous (7-0).

Rising costs finally caught up with the school meal program (which has to operate in the black or break even). The Board accepted the administration's recommendation for meal increases and voted 7-0 for the first increase in 6 years.  Changes are as follows:

-Student breakfast to remain at $1  for elementary and secondary students

-Student lunch to increase from $1.50 to $2.00 for elementary students and from $1.75 to $2.25 for secondary students

-Adult breakfast will increase from $1.50 to $1.95 and lunch, from $3.00 to $3.25.

-Jason Johns was approved 7-0 as Assistant Principal at Northwestern High School;

- The consent agenda was approved 7-0.  Included in this were; the June 23 business meeting minutes;  personnel recommendations;

three overnight field trips for Rock Hill High; and approved distribution of Jim Vining's board compensation for July to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

-first-year teacher orientation will be held in the Cyber Cafe at the Flexible Learning Center August 4-8 from 9:00-4:00 daily. Orientation for teachers new to the district will be held August 11 & 12 in the Training Room in the district office.

-On Friday evening, August 1, at 6:30, Troy Evans, a nationally known motivational speaker, will be in the auditorium at South Pointe High School to present his life story on how he found himself in trouble and incarcerated after making many poor choices. He will tell how he turned his life around with the help of his family, coaches, teachers, and community leaders.  Most importantly, his message is about the power of education, a message that we should all hear!  The Rock Hill School District Foundation is sponsoring his visit to Rock Hill, so there is no admission to attend his presentation, which is open to the public.

-the newest schools, Mount Holly Elementary and Dutchman Creek Middle, will be ready on time for the beginning of school and that both schools were under budget.

The following statement was issued from the board:

Statement from Robert "Bob" Norwood, Board Chairman
Rock Hill Schools
July 28, 2008

During tonight's meeting, the Board met in Executive Session to conduct its annual evaluation of its Superintendent, Dr. Lynn Moody. The Board is pleased to report that Dr. Moody received a very positive evaluation.

We are extremely pleased with the progress the District has made during the past school year under Dr. Moody's leadership. Last year, the Board identified improving student achievement and lowering the dropout rate as two primary goals on which the District should focus. While the Board and Superintendent realize that the District will not experience a significant improvement in one year, Dr. Moody embraced these goals and established several effective programs to address them, including, among others, the Renaissance Academy, the Saturday School, the Phoenix Bound Program for overage 8th graders, and a mentoring program. The District has also created a Professional Code for all employees. We are pleased that we are on schedule to open Mount Holly Elementary School and Dutchman Creek Middle School. In the process of opening the new schools, we also rezoned the elementary, middle and high schools.

The Board wishes to express publicly its full support of Dr. Moody and her staff. The District has difficult challenges ahead which must continue to be addressed, and the challenges will remain difficult, particularly with the uncertainty of State and local funding. We will continue to monitor new and existing programs and maintain those that are working and discontinue those which are not. We are grateful for Dr. Moody's outstanding leadership, work ethic, and her commitment to the success of our District.

As a result of her positive evaluation, Dr. Moody's contract will be extended two years, or through June 30, 2013. Additionally, as provided in her contract and based on her positive evaluation, Dr. Moody will receive a salary increase, bringing her annual salary to $161,275.

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