Donnie Drew and David Cash may have retired as principals of Commerce High School and Commerce Elementary School respectively, but students and staff won’t be able to tell any difference when school starts in August.
That’s because both Drew and Cash are back at their jobs – hired as “49-percent” principals Monday night by the Commerce Board of Education.
Budget-wise, it’s a bargain for the school system. It pays both less than half of their previous salaries and funds no benefits. For Drew and Cash, between their retirement benefits and their salaries, they come out ahead financially as well.
Drew and Cash were not the only 49-percent personnel approved Monday night. Following a lengthy closed-to-the-public session, the board also approved the hiring of Dianne Cotrell and Tonya Ladd as 49-percent fourth-grade teachers and Mona Haynes as the 49-percent director of instructional technology.
The board accepted the retirements of Drew, Cash and Haynes — 95 years of educational experience — in May.
Drew will also continue to serve as the athletic director at CHS.
For the full story on the Commerce Board of Education meeting Monday night, see the July 16 issue of The Commerce News.