The Coffee County Schools Board of Education unanimously approved the contract for new superintendent Kelly Cobb at the July 8 board meeting.
Cobb – who has been a teacher, administrator and central office employee with Coffee County Schools for 26 years – will take over as the school system’s new superintendent this week. Board Vide President Galen McWaters made a motion to approve Cobb’s new contract and fellow board member Sherry Eddins seconded it. The board unanimously approved the contract.
The board also unanimously approved a motion to accept an employment transfer agreement for former superintendent Kevin Killingsworth to special consultant of the board for the remainder of his contract.
All of the board members offered their congratulations to Cobb after the meeting.
“I want to say congratulations to Mrs. Cobb and we look forward to working together for the further advancement of our school system,” McWaters said.
Eddins also said she was proud of the longtime Coffee County Schools teacher.
“I echo that and say that we know there are big things to come and I am so proud for you and of you,” Eddins said.
While Killingsworth will no longer be the school board’s superintendent, he will still be around for the remainder of the month to help with the transition for Cobb and continue to help oversee a number of projects ongoing at the school system including the building of new classrooms at New Brockton High School, the new gym at Zion Chapel and new roofs at various schools.
“I want to thank each and every employee of Coffee County Schools for your support,” Killingsworth said. “I’ve enjoyed my 11 years at Coffee County and my 30 (years) in education. It’s taken a lot of twists and turns but without the support of those employees and the outstanding job they did I couldn’t have done my job.
“They had to endure a lot these last three years – like we all did – and I thank the board for sticking with us through all the ups and downs. There were a lot of things we had to go through that weren’t self-inflicted but we made it. I also want to congratulate Mrs. Cobb and say ‘Good luck’ to her. I’ll still be around for the next several weeks to help make sure these capital projects stay on time and get done properly, too.”
In other business, the board approved a recommendation from Killingsworth to bid out the school system’s diesel fuel, DEF fluid, gas and oil, rather than using the state bid system as it has the past eight years. Killingsworth said that after speaking with a number of professionals he believes the school system will save a good deal of its transportation funds by bidding those contracts out.
The board also approved the salary schedule for the 2021-2022 school year.
The school board’s next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Aug. 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the central office in Elba.
The board also approved the following personnel decisions.
Keith Hocutt, teacher, New Brockton High School;
Chad Hodges, band director and teacher, Kinston School;
Connie Hawthorne, instructional coach, Kinston School;
Stephanie Strawn, bookkeeper, Kinston School;
Ashley Norris, secretary, Kinston School;
Samantha Gregory, Pre-K aide, Zion Chapel School;
Stephanie Sidanycz, teacher, New Brockton Elementary School; and
Samantha Smith, bookkeeper at Kinston School, to bookkeeper/secretary at Central Office.