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School personnel moves approved, but not unanimously

September 11, 2011

Washington County Board of Education member Donna Brightman voted against a package of personnel moves Tuesday because she said she had concerns about adding new positions during challenging budget times.

Brightman explained her vote after Tuesday’s school board meeting, saying it was a general concern and not about a specific individual.

Three new positions were added — two social workers, one at Northern Middle and one at Ruth Ann Monroe Primary, and a special-education teacher at Northern Middle — according to an email from Donna Newcomer, director of human resources and professional learning.

The positions are being paid for with savings from the Summit Program, Newcomer said. The school system is saving money by providing the program instead of placing all special-education students in private placement.

The Summit Program is a therapeutic support program that provides special-education students with a mix of individual or group services and general classroom experience in a school setting.

The personnel moves were approved by a 6-1 vote.

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— Julie E. Greene

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