New Superintendent, Asst. Superintendent have busy first meeting

Brittany Wise | GC News-Gazette Superintendent Doug Robinson, far right, took his place next to School Board Chairperson Carolyn Thomason, center, during his first School Board meeting in his new post. Robinson left his position as Assistant Superintendent to take over the new title on July 1. Also shown is board member Dr. Brett Abney, left

Brittany Wise | GC News-Gazette Mitch Crump, Grayson County School System’s new Assistant Superintendent, listened to comments from the crowd during Thursday evening’s School Board meeting, his first with the school system.

While the July School Board meeting for Grayson County Schools ran much like any other gathering for the group, there were some big changes in personnel – mainly the new Superintendent, Doug Robinson, and Assistant Superintendent, Mitch Crump.

Board Chairperson Carolyn Thomason officially welcomed Robinson and Crump into their new positions as she opened the meeting.

Robinson, who has worked with the school system for many years and previously served as Assistant Superintendent, took over his new post on July 1. He told the board, “I am so excited about working with this team, and I’ll work my tail off!” He added that he is also excited to be working with Crump, who joined the team earlier this month as well.

Crump, who is new to Grayson County Schools but has previous Superintendent experience, said, “It’s been great to be here. You’ve created a great working atmosphere and a great team here. I’m looking forward to continuing learning and helping where I can.”

During the regular, monthly meeting, the board received an update on work being completed at the high school, and Robinson explained that three new rooms will be added in the school soon.

Carved out of existing space, mostly from a little-used hallway at the rear of the school’s library, Robinson said that one of the rooms will be a regular-sized classroom while the other space will likely be used for storage.

In other news, Wilkey Elementary School Principal Jonathan Williams said that his school will be able to add a new teacher position this year thanks to Title One funds which will cover the cost of salary for the school’s newest addition.

Positions will also be open at Wilkey, Grayson County High School and the school’s Central Office following resignations from four employees.

Central Office Secretary Cheryl Lynne Meredith’s resignation is effectively July 31; Wilkey Elementary custodian Darrell White’s resignation will take effect Oct. 1; Grayson County High School English teacher and Head Softball Coach Jordan Clemons’ resignation went into effect on June 28; and substitute teacher Richard Daugherty’s resignation became effective May 7, 2015.

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