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Penn Forest Elementary School Principal Linda Wright takes the place of Rebecca Eastwood.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
The Roanoke County School Board approved three personnel measures Tuesday, including appointing a new director of elementary instruction and technology.
Penn Forest Elementary School Principal Linda Wright was named the system's new director. She takes the place of Rebecca Eastwood, who was tapped earlier this summer to become the system's director of human resources. Eastwood fills the spot of Carol Whitaker, the system's assistant superintendent of personnel. Whitaker plans to retire in September.
Wright has been principal at Penn Forest since coming to Roanoke County in 1995. She previously worked for Roanoke City Public Schools as a teacher, supervisor and principal.
"Thank you for the trust you've shown in me today," Wright told board members.
School board members also approved two assistant principal placements. Fort Lewis Elementary School teacher Kathy Foley will be assistant principal at Glen Cove Elementary School. Mount Pleasant Elementary School teacher Dana Stevens will be assistant principal at W.E. Cundiff Elementary School.
In other news, the board:
Whitaker said the time was cut a few years ago during the economic downturn, but officials have found there's significant administrative work to be done in the summer, making the time needed. Whitaker estimated adding the days will cost about $50,000.
Hodge said the latter is particularly difficult when it comes to long-term substitutes. If those substitutes average more than 30 hours a week during a six month period the school system must offer them health insurance.
"That's a cost we've never incurred," Hodge said, adding tracking how much people are working will be an "administrative nightmare."
On top of that she said the number of notices staffers must now receive pertaining to insurance is not user friendly. She said there will be so many communications it will be difficult to discern what's important.
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