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Hall Superintendent Will Schofield to get 3-year contract extension
Will Schofield
Will Schofield

Will Schofield, superintendent of the Hall County School District for the past 11 years, will get a three-year extension of his contract.

Nath Morris, chair of the Hall County board of education, said Monday night the board had agreed on the extension, and the details will be worked out in the next month.

The board met in executive session to discuss Schofield’s evaluation before the work session Monday.

Schofield is in the final year of a three-year contract. That contract expires June 30, 2017.

He served as deputy superintendent for one year before becoming superintendent.

Schofield also was superintendent in Social Circle city schools and in Bozeman, Mont. He was principal at West Hall Middle School for one year in the late 1990s.

“I’m honored to serve this community. I’m honored to serve this board,” Schofield said.

Schofield also said “we’re seeing about what we expected” in enrollment for the schools. He said after the meeting the county schools added about 900 students Monday. In a press release Friday, the district said the headcount increased by 964 students from day 1 to day 3 in 2015.

The county schools’ headcount Friday was 25,323, but it did not include pre-K students.

He added the “minor surprise” for the district was that Johnson High School had 162 more students than 2015. The school now has 1,605 students.

Schofield predicted the district will have about 27,500 students when enrollment settles down.

IN OTHER BUSINESS

• The board heard a request for $70,000 in Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax IV funds that will be used for equipment for a health care science lab and renovations at Johnson High School and $40,000 that will buy 107 Chromebooks for Wauka Mountain Multiple Intelligences Academy.

• The district received $2,049,249.52 in ESPLOST revenue for July. Lee Lovett, deputy superintendent, said it was the third-highest month for collections in the ESPLOST IV. The other two higher months were both in January, he said.

• The board agreed to a request to pay 50 percent of the cost of resurfacing 14 tennis courts at Spout Springs and Alberta Banks parks. That is expected to cost no more than $60,000. The board has an agreement with the county’s parks and leisure department to share facilities. That includes splitting the cost of renovations. Matt Cox, executive director of facilities, said the county and school district anticipate resurfacing 30 total courts over the next two to three years. The others are at Hog Mountain, Sardis and East Hall parks, he said.

• Schofield said he would recommend Eddie Millwood, principal at Davis Middle School, to take over crowdsourcing work on science. The district is preparing a library of materials for science courses that will be online. Millwood will take on the duties of Ley Hathcock, who is the new principal at Martin Elementary. Millwood will work on the crowdsourcing project as a significant part of his day. Assistant Principal Mike McQueen will assume his duties when he is away. An administrative intern also may be assigned to the school.

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