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Newcomb pulls short stint with maintenance

SoVaNow.com / February 27, 2014

After less than a month, newly named director returns to classroom

The Halifax County School Board has lost its newly appointed director of maintenance and operations with the resignation of Douglas Newcomb this week.

Newcomb, an instructor in the motorsports program, had been tapped by school board trustees to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of long-time maintenance director Larry Roller.

Following the Feb. 10 meeting of the school board, Newcomb was named director of maintenance with his salary set at $59,812. He was chosen from a field of several persons who applied for the job.

According to assistant superintendent of schools Valdivia Marshall, Newcomb will return to classroom teaching duties with the high school’s Motorsports Academy just days after taking the administrative position.

“I think it was a combination of things that led to his resignation,” Marshall said yesterday, noting that Newcomb enjoyed teaching his classes in Motorsports. She added that Newcomb also expressed some concerns about compensation with the administrative position, citing the difference in pay between ten-month and twelve-month employees.

Marshall said the school division already has posted the job opening on its website, in the hope to getting applicants by March 5.

“This is a critical time for our maintenance staff with all the work we have going on, but we want to get a highly qualified person in the spot. We hope to have applicants to offer to our School Board at their upcoming March 10 meeting,” she said.

In the meantime, Marshall pointed out that many members of the maintenance staff have specialized knowledge of work that must be carried out, and they are being counted on to carry out those tasks until such time as a director is named.

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Larry Roller resigned, not retired.

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Easy come, easy go!


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