Board to discuss hiring athletics director

lgierer@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 12, 2014 

The Muscogee County School Board will discuss the hiring of a system-wide director of athletics at a work session tonight.

Also at the meeting, which begins at 5 p.m. in the Muscogee County Public Education Center, the board will discuss a move to ban electronic cigarettes, a revision of the way that new school district facilities are named, and the creation of an after-school program at Hannan Academy.

According to the agenda, Superintendent David Lewis does not plan to present a nominee for the director of athletics position until the board's regular meeting on Jan. 21.

The last person to hold the position was Gary Gibson, who left the district to become superintendent of schools in Taylor County, replacing Wayne Smith who retired Dec. 31, 2013.

Gibson was also chief administrative assistant to the superintendent here.

Among the functions required of the director of athletics, are coordinating athletic events, arranging details to ensure that the needs of students and coaches are met, and managing programs for the purpose of ensuring district compliance with state, federal and county regulations.

In other business:

• The administration is recommending revisions to board policies for students and employees that will prohibit the use of an electronic cigarette, electronic vaping device, personal vaporizer, electronic nicotine delivery system, or battery-powered device that simulates tobacco smoking.

According to the recommendation, these are considered tobacco products and tobacco products are prohibited on any school district property at any time including buildings, athletic fields, school buses and other school district vehicles.

• There will be a discussion of changing the existing board policy concerning the naming of new facilities.

Currently, the policy allows a board member, in whose district the facility will be located, the initial prerogative of proposing a motion at a regular board meeting to name of the school or facility. It is voted on at a later meeting.

• The board will also examine a recommendation to approve an after-school program at Hannan Academy.

Hannan wants to begin the program in August.

The program would be similar to programs at Allen Elementary, Britt David Magnet Academy, Wynnton Arts Academy and River Road Elementary.

As with those programs, it would be funded through registration and weekly participation fees.

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