The Commerce School System will lose 95 years of system educational experience this month with the retirement of three long-time administrators.
Donnie Drew, high school principal since 1983; David Cash, elementary school principal who has been with the system since 1981; and Mona Haynes, director of instructional technology and a system employee since 1983, are all retiring at the end of this school year. The Commerce Board of Education “accepted” their retirements Monday night.
“We will post the positions and those who are interested can apply, probably after school is out,” said superintendent of schools Joy Tolbert.
Drew was originally hired to be principal of Commerce Middle School, but at about the time he arrived, longtime CHS principal Aubrey Finch resigned to take a job in Oglethorpe County and Drew was named to lead CHS.
Also on Monday night, following a 15-minute closed session, the school board voted unanimously to accept Tolbert’s recommendations on system staff hires as the board finalizes its staff for the 2014015 school year.
According to Tolbert, aside from the three retirements, the only faculty position left to fill is that of a third-grade teacher.
Among the staff changes/new hires approved Monday night are the following:
Andrew Williams, special education/social studies teacher at CHS and head varsity boys’ basketball coach; Julie Beasley, CHS math; Audrey Andrews, transferring from assistant principal at CMS to second-grade teacher at CPS; Camille Blair, family and consumer science teacher (part-time) at CHS; Abigail Averett, speech/language pathologist; Melanie Beason, transferring from CHS broadcast video production to special education teacher; Greg Maxwell, transfer from special education teacher at CMS to broadcast video production at CHS; Brandon Thixton, CHS math teacher; Ron Minish, special education teacher; Tracey Newcomer, transferring from third-grade teacher to kindergarten teacher; and Mickey Reynolds, transferring from eighth grade science teacher to health teacher at CMS.
The board also approved the resignations of Megan Flint, second-grade teacher; Corrie Padgett, kindergarten teacher; and Jake Epps, ISS paraprofessional.