After an executive session which lasted more than an hour Monday evening, the Union County Board of School Trustees approved a personnel report which named employees for 15 positions, one of which was Angela Burke who will serve as the UCHS head varsity girls basketball coach.
Those employees, their positions and the sites at which they will work are as follows:
- Daniel Abee — middle level science teacher — Sims Middle School
- Jennifer Bowe — Spanish teacher (.75 FTE) — Union County High School/Sims Middle School
- Karen Blackwell-Boyd — guidance counselor — Foster Park Elementary School
- Ashley Brown — 6th grade ELA teacher — Sims Middle School
- Angela Burke — math teacher/head varsity girls basketball coach — Union County High School
- Lydia Conrad — school nurse — Union County High School
- Ken Ellis — social studies teacher — Union County High School
- Mary Pacolet Genoble — guidance counselor (.75 FTE) — Union County High School
- Bethany Howell — 5K teacher — Foster Park Elementary School
- Patti Hughey — job placement facilitator — Union County High School/Career and Technology Center
- Elizabeth Ireton — special education teacher — Union County High School
- Rhonda Michelle Johnson — 4th grade teacher — Monarch Elementary School
- Amy Kendrick — special education teacher — Sims Middle School
- Christopher Knox — elementary teacher — Jonesville Elementary/Middle School
- Imani Richard — special education assistant — Foster Park Elementary School
In other business, Director of Secondary Education Cindy Langley presented an update on summer programs throughout the district.
Langley said that more than 150 students in grades K-5 are being provided tutorial services in reading and/or math in small group sessions at each of the elementary schools.
Also, there are 66 students in grades 6-8 who need additional support in English/Language Arts and/or math who are participating in a three-week program at Sims Middle School. High school students also have the opportunity to recover units in English, math, science, social studies and foreign language during the same three-week period at Sims Middle School.
Additionally, 92 students from Foster Park Elementary School and Monarch Elementary School are being served through the Save the Children program, which is housed at Monarch Elementary School.
Langley also mentioned that Rustic Pathways — an international organization dedicated to service through education, rebuilding and environmental conservation — has chosen to provide counselors and instructors to work with students in the Save the Children program this summer.
“The Union site was the only one in South Carolina selected by Rustic Pathways,” Langley said. “For the last five years, they have supported the rebuilding of New Orleans, and they are proud to be expanding their program to other areas, such as South Carolina, to work with students in schools of poverty. They have a well-traveled, full-time and part-time staff in the United States and a deep commitment to excellence and service in the United States.”
Finally, Langley mentioned that student and teacher book studies will continue throughout the summer at Sims Middle School while sports and cheer leading camps are being hosted at Union County High School.