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Diana McCartney sworn in as new MPS board member

Thursday, February 28, 2013

From right, Diana McCartney, new MPS board member, is sworn in by secretary Linda Perkins.
(Carlos Restrepo/Democrat-News)
Diana McCartney began her first term as Marshall Public Schools board member at the board's meeting Thursday, Feb. 28, when she was officially sworn in.

"I feel wonderful. I am ready," said McCartney, who was appointed to the board in a special meeting Thursday, Feb. 19, following Wayne Crawford's resignation from the board in January. "I'm ready to take on whatever they can hand out to me."

McCartney, who taught at Marshall Public Schools for 26 years, will serve until the April 2014 municipal elections, when she may run for reelection.

Diana McCartney at her first MPS board meeting Thursday, Feb. 28.
"It's always good to have a full board again and we are looking forward to working with Diana," said Superintendent Ryan Huff. "I think she will bring a lot to our board."

In other MPS news, the board approved a job description for an assistant principal/activities director -- a new position.

The assistant principal/activities director will be a full time position that will aid the Marshall High School principal and coordinate and oversee MHS activities.

"We could really use the extra help in the assistant principal area as well as making the activities director a position where he could take care of things during the day instead of just the afternoon, when somebody is there part time," Huff said.

Currently, there is a full-time assistant principal and a part-time activities director. Both of those positions will remain.

The district will seek candidates for the new position immediately. The person hired will begin working in the 2013-2014 academic year. A tentative salary ranges from $65,000 to $70,000, annually.

Board members Mike Mills and Anita Wright were not physically present at the board meeting, but joined via phone. Board Vice President Larry Godsey was not present at the meeting.

The Feb. 28 meeting was originally scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 26, but was moved due to the weather.

The board will hold a special meeting Tuesday, March 5, to discuss other items scheduled before the meeting was moved. Among those items, the board will discuss adjustments to the 2012-2013 district calendar, the district's master plan and appoint a board member to serve in the Outstanding Teacher Selection Committee, among other items.

Contact Carlos Restrepo at crestrepo@marshallnews.com

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