School board to vote on contract to employ Phillips as assistant to the new superintendent through August

lgierer@ledger-enquirer.comJuly 21, 2013 

The Muscogee County School Board will vote Monday evening on a contract to employ interim superintendent John Phillips Jr. through August 31 in the role of assistant to the new superintendent.

The meeting is at 6 p.m. in the Muscogee County Public Education Center on Macon Road.

On July 9, the board identified David Lewis of Polk County, Fla., as the next MCSD superintendent and a vote will be taken to make his hiring official at a noon meeting Tuesday.

According to the agenda, in his role as assistant to the superintendent, Phillips would work to make the transition of leadership a smooth one.

"It makes sense," board chair Rob Varner said on Sunday. "Dr. Phillips is available and willing to assist during this crossover."

Varner said that the presence of Phillips will help as Lewis becomes familiar with the schools and people.

"It's not a very long time," Varner said.

The agenda item did not list the salary Phillips will be offered in that role or how many hours he would work. Varner said he could not give that information yet.

Phillips' current salary as interim superintendent is $8,431 per month for a 19-hour workweek. He began the interim job at $17,206 per month but his time at work was later reduced due to requirements of his state retirement.

Phillips served as MCSD superintendent from Jan. 6, 2003, moving here from Bartow County, and retired in August 2008. He then served as interim superintendent until Susan Andrews was hired from Harris County on Dec. 1, 2008.

Andrews' last day was June 30, 2012 and Phillips began as the interim superintendent.

In other business, a vote will be taken to appoint Eddie T. Lindsey III, last year an assistant principal at Hardaway High School, to the role of program coordinator for the new Edgewood Student Services Center.

The board will also vote on appointing Jessica Burnett as principal at Gentian Elementary School and Janet Sellers as principal at Dimon Elementary School.

Most recently, Burnett currently has worked as an assistant principal at Clubview and Gentian Elementary Schools and Sellers has been in the same role at Dimon and St. Mary's Elementary Schools.

The board will also vote to change the name of Rothschild Middle School to Rothschild Leadership Academy.

The board will also vote on the proposed FY14 school nutrition budget of more than $21 million.

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