The Enterprise City Schools Board of Education voted to approve a contract for Dauphin Junior High School Assistant Principal Drew Danner to become the school’s new principal.
Danner replaces longtime Dauphin Principal Judy Thomas who recently accepted a position with Houston County Schools.
Danner has been the assistant principal at DJHS since 2019 and before that served as the assistant principal at G.W. Long High School for six years and was a math teacher and head baseball coach at Dale County High School for eight years.
Danner is a Geneva native and was a baseball star at Geneva High School before earning a baseball scholarship at Auburn-Montgomery.
“I want to thank each and every member of the board for this opportunity,” Danner said. “This is my 15th year in education and it’s been a good ride and I’m looking forward to this next step in my journey. I am eternally grateful for (Judy) Thomas hiring me 18 months ago and for her providing me this opportunity. Her leadership has prepared me, I can assure you, for what lies ahead for Dauphin Junior High School.”
In other business, the board approved the extension of the use of the money received from the Family First Coronavirus Act. The money from this legislation is to give teachers the ability to use up to 10 days of leave – without using the paid leave they already have – for COVID-19 reasons like quarantine. The money from this was originally going to expire in January but the most recent COVID-19 relief bill passed by Congress gives employers the option to extend it through March 31.
The ECS board approved the decision to extend the school system’s use of the money from the Family First Act through March 31 or until the money has been exhausted.
At the end of the board meeting, Faught addressed the number of virtual students the school system currently has. Faught said that at the beginning of the school year more than 1,400 ECS students were utilizing virtual learning – making up more than 20 percent of the student population – and now that number has dropped to under 8 percent.
According to Faught, 25 students at Enterprise Early Education, 36 at Harrand Creek, 61 at Hillcrest Elementary, 53 at Holly Hill Elementary, 51 at Pinedale Elementary, 40 at Rucker Boulevard Elementary, 45 at Coppinville Junior High, 47 at DJHS and 172 students at Enterprise High School are currently doing virtual learning. That number makes up 530 of the school system’s 6,689 students.
The board also approved a number of personnel actions, including the termination of an unnamed employee.
Sadie McCormack, fifth grade teacher, Harrand Creek Elementary;
Whitney Yarbrough, kindergarten teacher, Hillcrest Elementary;
Christopher Hill, special education aide, Rucker Blvd. Elementary;
Damenous Hines, custodian, Harrand Creek Elementary;
Judy Thomas, principal, Dauphin Junior High; and
Erika Schmidt, special education aide, Enterprise City Schools.