LEAP honored at School Board meeting

Lawrence County Board members pose with LEAP cast and production students at the school board’s monthly meeting on Monday.

The Lawrence Extended Arts Program cast and production team were recognized at the Lawrence County Board of Education meeting Monday night for their recent performance of “Footloose: The Musical.”

“This spring’s presentation of the musical Footloose just really blew my mind,” Superintendent Jon Bret Smith said. “Throughout the years, we’ve had different LEAP sponsors, and after every performance, I walk away from it and say, ‘It can’t get any better.’ This was the best (production) by far.”

LEAP, a theatre initiative open to all middle and high school students throughout Lawrence County that began six years ago, is the only program of its kind for county schools.

Smith addressed LEAP students during the Monday meeting and said further funding for the drama program continues to be a focal topic for the school board.

“We realize the importance of this program,” Smith said. “We want to express our commitment to ensure this program continues in years to come.”

During the meeting, board members also accepted the resignation of countywide Special Education Paraprofessional Randy Hays, effective May 25, and the retirement of East Lawrence Elementary Bookkeeper Jan McDaniel, effective July 1.

The board approved the employment of part-time countywide School Nurse Jennifer Dutton, effective Aug. 1 through May 21, 2020, and of Special Education Teacher Lindsey Marshall, part-time on an as-needed basis during the summer of this year.

The board also approved the employment of R.A. Hubbard Social Science Teacher Herbert Statham, R.A. Hubbard Math Teacher Mathew Pettus, East Lawrence High School English Teacher Lyndsay Green, Moulton Middle School Music Teacher and Band Director John Erodgan, Moulton Middle School Social Science Teacher Brett Vance and countywide Special Education Paraprofessional Kimberly Graves, all effective for the 2019-2020 school year. 

The Lawrence County School Board will hold its next public meeting on Monday, June 24, at 6 p.m.

All board members were present for the meeting.

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