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School system personnel to get checks early this month

Grady County School System personnel will have money in their pockets as they begin the Thanksgiving holiday break.
According to Superintendent Dr. Kermit Gilliard, Finance Officer Dan Broome has made arrangements to issue school system personnel their November checks this Friday. Employees are typically paid the last work day of each month. For the last several years, paychecks have been issued to system employees prior to the Thanksgiving break, the superintendent reports.
Grady County Schools will be shuttered all next week for the Thanksgiving break.
Dr. Gilliard encouraged employees to budget carefully because their next checks will not be written until Dec. 21.
The board also approved the accounts payable for the month totaling $609,635.96.
In related news this week, Dr. Gilliard recommended and the board of education approved the hiring of Catherine Harrell – teacher at Southside Elementary School; Anna Wilson – math teacher at Cairo High School; and Jackie Powell – part-time teacher for the system’s new dropout program.
With Mrs. Powell assistance, students who dropped out between 1986 and 2016 who did not graduate due to their failure to pass the graduation test, will be allowed to return to school and complete their coursework and earn their high school diploma.
The school board accepted the resignation of Jessica DeVoursney as the Early Childhood Education instructor at CHS and Earlene Anderson, a School Food Service worker at Eastside. Candace Childs, a teacher at Southside, is being transferred to CHS to replace Mrs. DeVoursney.
Dr. Gilliard also recommended, and the board accepted the retirement of Pre-K Director Jackie McCurry. Mrs. McCurry is stepping down effective Nov. 30.
The board and superintendent met briefly behind closed doors to discuss a personnel matter. No action was taken as a result of the closed session.

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