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BOE to interview finance officer candidates in December

The Butler County BOE has two key positions to fill in the coming weeks and months. It was announced at last Thursday’s meeting three candidates for the Chief Financial Officer position, to be vacated by Sherry Bennett at the end of the year, have been vetted and are ready for interviews.

“I assure you that you won’t have anybody come before you who is not qualified,” said outgoing superintendent, Dr. Mike Looney.

Looney said all three candidates are from the local area.

The board plans to conduct interviews with the three candidates on the evening of December 7, and report on their decision at a special called meeting set for December 10 at the Central Office Boardroom.

In other business conducted at the last meeting:

– Covenant Care Community Program, Every Child Deserves a Chance, Healthy Kids, Pine Level Community Development and the YMCA’s Pre-School and After-School programs were all approved as recipients of the federal funding at the Butler County Board of Education meeting last Thursday night. A number of local agencies made presentations at the October meeting seeking out a portion of the dollars available to programs such as these.

– Jennifer Burt, interim principal at Butler County Magnet School, reported several adjustments have been made to the facility to improve water run-off issues and roof leakage. Board president Joe Lisenby also requested looking into establishing additional storage units for BCMS since the original design of the new facility lacked sufficient storage space.

– Second Chance Program graduates Megan Lowery and Shundrika Means, who received their diplomas, and Tiffany O’Connor, Shanice Bailey and Porsche Smith, were awarded their GEDs.

– Approval was given to the W.O. Parmer and Greenville Elementary Schools’ plans to apply for the Safe Routes to School federal grant.