Courtesy photo Todd Johnston

Courtesy photo

Todd Johnston

Grayson County Schools, during last Thursday's School Board meeting, confirmed that current Grayson County High School Principal Todd Johnston has been promoted to the Central Office position of Director of Districtwide Programs.

In a later phone interview, Johnston said he was appointed to the position of GCS Director of Districtwide Programs on April 30, and will take over the duties of Assistant Superintendent Mitch Crump at the start of the next Fiscal Year on July 1, 2018, at which point Crump will retire.

Johnston's duties as Director of Districtwide Programs will include Human Resources, such as certification and personnel, as well as Federal programs, such as Title 1 and Title 9, among other duties.

"I'm really looking forward to it," Johnston said. "It was an opportunity I couldn't pass up."

Johnston, who is wrapping up his sixth year as GCHS Principal, said he will miss the high school but is excited to have the opportunity to work with all of the schools in the district.

Grayson County Schools advertised the position of GCHS Principal on April 30, after promoting Johnston to Director of Districtwide Programs, and, Johnston said, a new GCHS Principal is expected to be selected by the end of May.

Also during Thursday's School Board meeting:

•Lawler Elementary School Principal Alicia Brooks recognized numerous Lawler students for growth and achievement as well as staff members during Thursday's School Board meeting.

•Numerous notifications of employee resignations and retirements were announced, including the retirement of Jim Blain as Grayson County Technology Center Principal, effective June 30, 2018.

•With one motion, the School Board approved:

A. The School Facilities Construction Commission's Fiscal Year 2017 3rd KETS Offer of Assistance in the amount of $19,111, based on FY 2017 statewide ADA figures;

B. The performance bond for Finance Officer Erin Embry in the amount of $400,000;

C. The 2018-2019 contract with the school district's auditor, whom will remain the same as last year;

D. The 2018-2019 salary schedules;

E. Fuel bids for the 2018-2019 school year;

F. Bids on bus parts and supplies for the 2018-2019 school year;

G. Creating an Assistant Archery Coach position at Grayson County Middle School;

H. Seven trip requests from GCHS;

I.-n. Employee leave of absence requests;

O. Grayson County Schools' entering into a contract with the Green River Regional Education Cooperative, Inc. (GRREC) for the 2018-2019 school year for the purpose of supporting and expanding services to students and staff and to participate in GRREC's Grant Writing Consortium for the 2018-2019 school year at an additional cost of $1,000.

•The School Board also approved the Certified Evaluation Plan for the 2018-2019 school year.