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Montgomery BOE to Cut Jobs
Tuesday, 04 January 2011

January 4--  The Montgomery County school board has a new chairperson, a new interim school superintendent and is planning to cut jobs and adjust pay due to anticipated funding problems.

At its first meeting of the new year Monday night, the board elected Deloris James of Alston chairperson and Lendle Hamilton of Kibbee as vice chairman.

ImageThe board also appointed Reggie Roberts as interim school superintendent to succeed Dr. Lynn Batten.  Batten announced his resignation in December but said he would work on a part-time basis until June while the board conducted a job search.  However, he later changed his mind and made his resignation final as of December 31, 2010.

Roberts has been with the school system nine years and is currently the federal program coordinator and curriculum director.  He will continue those duties and receive an extra $1,000 a month as interim superintendent.

"It's difficult times we're in, especially to be a superintendent with the lack of educational funding, but with everyone's help, the staff and community members and through prayer and trust and faith in Lord Jesus, we'll meet these challenges and continue to move forward," Roberts said.

One of Roberts' first jobs is to make recommendations to the school board on personnel cuts, according to chairperson Deloris James.

"We do have a lot of challenges before us and we're excited about working with the new interim superintendent, Reggie Roberts.  We think he's very capable.  We understand that we are going to have to eliminate positions and there are going to be changes in our pay schedules, but we will have to wait at least a couple of weeks until Mr. Roberts and the principals have a chance to look at their rosters and begin to form opinions about where we can make cuts," James said.

Officials were told the school system ended November $184,000 in the hole, but rebounded in December with the payment of about $500,000 in property taxes. It ended the calendar year with between $100,000 and $200,000 in its general fund.  

The board has called a meeting for January 17th to discuss personnel cuts.

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