By ASHLEY AMASON
Spirits were high at the Aug. 4 Walton County School Board (WCSB) meeting as Coordinator of Facilities Mark Gardner announced he had received a certificate of occupancy for the new Walton High School. The ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for Aug. 17 at 9 a.m.
With Mildred Wilkerson and Darrell Barnhill absent, the remaining board approved the purchase of seven new buses for the district—four 77-passenger buses with air conditioning, and three exceptional student education (ESE) buses.
Steve Alford, assistant principal at Paxton School, retired this year. Known fondly to the board as “Mr. Paxton,” Superintendent Anderson noted, “He will be sorely missed.” Mitchell Jackson is the new assistant principal at Paxton School.
The motion carried to approve the employee benefits contract with Blue Cross and Blue Shield. The contract has no direct increase in cost to employees.
With the new seven-period schedule for high school students, the board approved a temporary waiver for full-time dual enrollment students to enroll in regular courses at their parent high school. Policy previously stated a full-time dual enrollment student could not also enroll in courses at the high school. However, with the graduation requirement dropped to 26 credits, conflict arose for some juniors and seniors who waited for a specific upper-level course at their high school. Freshmen and sophomores will not be affected by the change.
County Administrator Ronnie Bell, said, “I’ve known Mrs. King for about 35 years. She is one of the finest ladies I’ve ever worked with. She was always caring, supportive, willing to help. She always hugged your neck, and always spoke to you. I just love Mrs. King.”
The resounding sentiment from all is that Catherine King never met a stranger and she will be truly missed.
By ASHLEY AMASON