At a called meeting Wednesday, Dr. Lula Mae Perry was hired to a one-year contract as the superintendent for Pickens County schools.
Previous discussion by the board had indicated that Perry, who served 12 years as the superintendent in Jeff Davis County before retirement, would only get an initial six-month interim contract.
At the meeting Wednesday, the board expressed their pleasure with bringing the veteran superintendent to Pickens County.
Dr. Perry responded saying that she looked forward to working with the board and appreciated their show of support. See previous story on this.
She said during retirement she had “missed her children” and is excited to have 4,300 children when the school year opens.
School board attorney Phil Landrum, who was closely involved with the negotiations with Perry, said the originally proposed six-month contract would have ended right as Pickens County would be entering their main accreditation period (SACS). He said it would be tough to have one superintendent do all the groundwork and then have to hand it off to someone else right as that process cranked up.
See more details on her hiring and contract in our print edition next week.
• In other business, the board held a lengthy discussion on how to handle pending personnel decisions that are on the agenda for tonight’s (June 20) meeting.
The board did not appear to come to any decision. The board did express a general consensus that it would be better to wait to until the new superintendent officially takes over in July to hire positions, but at the same time they didn’t want to “leave people hanging.”
Board chair Wendy Lowe said, “Dr. Perry will have to work with them. We need to give her a say.” And while he agreed, Board Member Mike Cowart pointed out there are a lot of people waiting on decisions
The board discussed various early July meeting dates, but could not find one that would allow whole board participation to discuss the personnel moves with Perry. In the end, it appears that the board will revisit the personnel issues at tonight’s meeting or attempt to find an early July date where all five members and the superintendent are available.