The Sherman Independent School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday formally accepted the resignations of Gary and Laurie Kinne, the former as head football coach and the latter as a Piner Middle School teacher, coach and coordinator. Superintendent Al Hambrick said the District does not have a firm timetable to find Gary Kinne’s replacement — the position has not yet been posted — but explained he hopes to do so quickly.
“(Kinne) made the decision that he wanted to resign the District, and we’ve accepted the resignation and both sides are just going to move forward,” said Hambrick. “We plan to get the position posted as soon as possible this week so that we can move forward and start receiving the applications for the position. Hopefully within two months or so, we hope we’ll have a candidate that we can recommend to the Board for approval.”
Hambrick said the shakeup at the top of his flagship athletic program won’t cause any hiccups in ongoing preparations for next fall.
“Coach Tommy Hudspeth is our interim athletic director right now, and he is working to make sure our (football) schedule is filled,” said Hambrick.
In other business, the Board approved the school calendar for the 2014-2015 school year, an action taken during the Board’s regularly scheduled meeting. The school year will begin on Aug. 26, with graduation to be held Jun. 6. Two bad-weather make-up days were calendered for Apr. 3 and May 22.
“This process begins in November … there are a lot of factors to consider,” said Assistant Superintendent Tyson Bennett, who explained that the District altered its policy on early release days to exclude all institutions but the high school. Bennett said the change was made after community input suggested parents of young children found the days disruptive to their schedules.
Board members approved $7,827 in December gifts made to the District, including $1,309 from the Sherman Athletic Booster Club for golf team apparel; $2,500 from The Dollar General Literacy Foundation to purchase literacy materials for Fred Douglass Early Childhood Center; and $4,018 from the Oliver Dewey Mayor Foundation to purchase an EroScan unit to test the hearing of special ed. students in the District.
For the month of December, the Board recognized Fred Douglass’ Jennifer Benedict as Elementary Teacher of the Month, SHS culinary arts teacher Symantha Murray as Secondary Teacher of the Month, Jefferson Elementary aide Randi Evans as Employee of the Month, and the first grade instructors at Wakefield Elementary as the Team of the Month.