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Halifax County trustees name Jennings as new operating manager

SoVaNow.com / April 10, 2014
School trustees on Monday evening named James “Jay” Jennings as director of Maintenance and Operations to fill the position vacated by long time director Larry Roller in February. Jennings, who is currently an employee of McDannald Construction Company, will take over the job on April 28 with a $56,000 salary. Announcement of the new director followed a closed session of school trustees who met at Clays Mill Elementary School.

Trustees also heard Food Services Coordinator Lori Hale review options for providing food service at the Cluster Springs Early Learning Center for the next school year. Hale advised the board that the school system is losing money on the little school’s meals program since only an average of 50 members of the 82 enrollment purchase lunch each day. She suggested that meals might be prepared at the nearby Cluster Springs Elementary School and brought over to the center. Trustees indicated they were not yet ready to make a decision on the matter, but would take it up at their May meeting.

In the meantime ED-8 trustee Walter Potts asked Hale to report back to the board on how many lunches would have to be sold to make the program break even.

Also during the Monday meeting Assistant School Superintendent Valdivia Marshall was recognized for receiving Virginia’s Leadership Award for Federal Education Program Administrators.

Also recognized was Meadville Elementary second grade teacher Kim Waller whose program on gardening was chosen for inclusion in the Virginia School Board Association’s Showcases for Success 2014.

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