By Denise Dick
The city school board approved a resolution to hire a manager of transportation routing — but rejected two other resolutions authorizing her employment and setting the salary.
The board voted 3-3 at a meeting Tuesday on the resolutions authorizing the employment for the new position and setting the salary schedule, which starts at $29,526 and is not to exceed $40,823.
President Richard Atkinson, Lock P. Beachum Sr. and Rachel Hanni voted in favor, and Brenda Kimble, Marcia Haire-Ellis and Andrea Mahone were opposed. Michael Murphy was absent.
Without a majority vote, both resolutions failed.
Mahone said she believes the position, which requires only a high school diploma, should have been posted so more people would have had the opportunity to apply.
“You don’t know what’s out there until you look for it,” she said.
Beachum said he believes the position should require a bachelor’s degree, but he said he voted for it to allow the district to move forward.
“One of our bus drivers could have done the job,” he said.
Superintendent Connie Hathorn said that when the district posted the supervisor of transportation position, which it did more than once, no one applied.
The position handles bus transportation routes.
The position has been vacant since last year when the previous transportation supervisor resigned to take another job.
The person who occupied the post before that was moved to a different job in the district, and the person who had the job before that also resigned.
The resolution to appoint the transportation manager, as well as several tutors, limited contract teachers and other personnel, passed by a 4-2 vote with Atkinson, Haire-Ellis, Beachum and Hanni in support and Kimble and Mahone opposed.
“So we hired that person but we did not pass the resolution that creates that position, so what does that mean?” Hanni asked.
Atkinson said board members would have to ask the district’s attorney.
The manager of routing, Regina Williams, is to earn $21,042 this year, prorated from the $29,526 starting rate.