Magoffin County school officials are busy putting on the final touches for another school year, which will begin next week.
Teachers are scheduled to report earlier in the week with schools throughout the county opening their doors to students Thursday, August 13.
Before the 2009-10 educational process begins, however, business awaits the system as two schools were still without principals as of Wednesday morning.
The Salyersville Grade School Site Based Decision Making Council was scheduled to interview applicants yesterday, but it was unknown as of press time when an official recommendation would be made.
Long-time SGS principal Grover Arnett retired after the most recent school year, leaving the position open. School council members have/will chose between seven applicants and submit the name to superintendent Joe Hunley to complete the hiring.
At North Magoffin, Jill Howard was expected to be named as that school’s full time principal after serving during the summer at interim principal, replacing Bernadette Carpenter, who took over Howard’s former central office position as director of curriculum and instruction.
Hunley’s signature is required to formalize the principal hirings. Howard had not been formally announced as North Magoffin principal as of yesterday, but she had reportedly been submitted to Hunley by the school’s site-based council.
One hire that did become official this week was for director of Magoffin County High School’s Career and Technical Center.
It was MCHS principal Tony Skaggs’ call to make and he called upon former horticulture/agriculture teacher Sanford Holbrook to fill the position.
Holbrook will replace veteran educator Stanley Holbrook, who retired as career and tech director following the 2008-09 school year.
Sanford Holbrook officially assumed his new position August 1.
The biggest concern currently facing the school system is continuing construction on Magoffin County High School.
Officials still believe the school will be ready to service students come August 13, but parents are voicing concern regarding safety issues.
Construction on the high school began during the spring semester and adjustments were made to accommodate students and staff.
Officials say the situation will be similar for the fall semester and add that every precaution will be taken to assure safety and security at MCHS.