OCS art, music in place for school year

Published 12:02 am Friday, July 8, 2011

Students in the Opp City School system will continute to take music and art this school year. | File photo

Opp City Schools will continue to offer both art and music, which was questionable in May.

At a board meeting in May, OCS Superintendent Michael Smithart told board members it would cost approximately $140,000 in local funds to continue art and music.

Thursday, board members approved a contract for services with Jane Bentley to teach art at Opp High School. As part of the contract, Smithart said Bentley would work three hours per day, 180 days for the 2011-12 school year and her hourly rate would be determined by a salary matrix.

“I’m not going to tell you that we’ll we able to teach every child who signed up (for art), but we’ll be close,” Smithart told the board.

In May, OMS social studies teacher Olivia Ennis was transferred to music teacher at OMS and OES in order to continue the program at the schools.

In other personnel action, the board:

• accepted the resignation of Kelly McCollough, special education teacher at OMS;

• approved the transfer of Kay Donaldson from OHS counselor to special education teacher at OMS.