The Pine Bluff School Board has approved a one year employment contract for interim superintendent Linda Watson.

The Pine Bluff School Board has approved a one year employment contract for interim superintendent Linda Watson.

In addition to the contract for the 2012-2013 school year that will pay Watson $150,000, Tuesday night the board approved a pro-rated payment from the time of Watson’s employment with the school district June 4 until the end of the 2011-2012 academic year June 30.

The pro-rated pay was set at $632.91 per day for a total of $16,455.66.

Board president Herman Horace apologized to Watson for having to work for several weeks without an agreed upon salary.

“The board met with the superintendent and the board appreciates her for stepping in for this many days and not getting a paycheck,” Horace said.

Horace said that a special called meeting would be held at a yet to be determined date to finalize Watson’s contract with the district.

In other business, the board heard the May financial report from district business and finance director Pam Winkler.

Winkler reported that as of May 31 the district had a beginning balance of $13,360,394; current month receipts of $3,591,146; current month expenses of $4,278,454 for a total amount available for operating of $15,656,784.

Winkler reported that the total balance for all funds as of May 31 was $19,116,599.

The board approved a series of personnel recommendations from Watson.

The board approved the hiring of certified personnel Angela Billingsley, a first grade teacher at 34th Elementary School, effective Aug. 6; LaToya Brown a pre-school teacher at Forrest Park Pre-School, effective Aug. 6, replacing Valerie Penix; Sherice Butler, a second grade teacher at 34th Elementary School, effective Aug. 6; Sharon Cook, a psychological examiner with Student Health and Special Services, effective Aug. 1; Jamal Crumblin, a math teacher at Jack Robey Junior High, effective Aug. 6, replacing ShaVonya Berry; Lakesha Foote, a remediation and enrichment teacher at Southeast Middle School, effective Aug. 6, replacing Kerri Boone; Rebecca Gillespie, a special education teacher at Southwood Elementary, effective Aug. 6, replacing Mary Morgan; Andrea Johnson, assistant principal at Pine Bluff High School, effective July 7, replacing Jeffery McKinney; Carissa Mixon, a pre-school teacher at Forrest Park Pre-School, effective Aug. 6, replacing Jennifer Keahey; M. Sgt. Michael Murray, JROTC instructor at Pine Bluff High School, effective July 1, replacing Barron Hall; Tiffany Tripp, a fourth grade teacher at Greenville Elementary, effective Aug. 6, replacing Shannon Hayes; and Delores Walker, a science teacher at Belair Middle School, effective Aug. 6, replacing Taylor Scott.

The board approved the transfer of certified personnel, including Larissa Davis from 9th grade social studies teacher at Jack Robey Junior High to elementary media specialist at Oak Park Elementary, effective Aug. 6, replacing Betty Johnson; Benjamin Davis from remediation teacher at Belair Middle School to remediation teacher at Southeast Middle School, effective Aug. 6, replacing Patricia Jones; Ronald Laurent, from principal of Jack Robey to director of First Ward Learning Center, effective July 1.

The board approved the transfer of classified personnel, including Sam Evans from transportation coordinator in the transportation department to coordinator of student health and special services in the special services department, effective July 1, replacing Dianne West; John Hadley from a paraprofessional at Southwood Elementary to a paraprofessional at Belair Middle, effective Aug. 20; Jacquelin Norful, from financial accounting-purchasing in the business department to finance clerk in student health and special services effective July 1; and Nacosha Sims, from financial accounting-purchasing in the business department to receptionist-purchasing in student health and special services, effective July 1.

The board approved the retirement of certified personnel Robert Age, director of alternative education at the First Ward Learning Center, effective June 30; Mona Kearney, a kindergarten teacher at Greenville Elementary, effective May 24; Robert McGhee, assistant principal at Belair Middle School and Southeast Middle School, effective June 4; and Deloris Riley, guidance counselor at Jack Robey Jr. High, effective June 4.

The board approved the retirement of classified personnel John Murry, a district wide custodial foreman in the maintenance department, effective May 16.

The board approved the resignations effective May 24 of certified personnel including Michael Anastasia, a geometry teacher at Pine Bluff High; Shavonya Bennett Berry, a math teacher at Jack Robey Junior High; Maria Blalock, an English and journalism teacher at Pine Bluff High; Kerri Boone, remediation teacher at Southeast Middle; Alison Cannon, an algebra teacher at Jack Robey Junior High; Shannon Hayes, a fourth grade teacher at Greenville Elementary; Kristin Irvin, a social studies teacher at Jack Robey Junior High; Marilyn James, a math teacher at Jack Robey Junior High; Tyler Moyer, a science teacher at Jack Robey Junior High; James Scott, a third grade teacher at Southwood Elementary; Angela Smith, an English teacher at First Ward Learning Center; and Jamie Stearns as an English teacher at Jack Robey Junior High.

The board also approved the resignations of certified personnel Jason Bolick, a physical education teacher at Southeast Middle School, effective June 12; and Jason Scoggins, a history teacher at Jack Robey Junior High, effective May 19.

The board approved the resignations of classified personnel including Latosha Dunlap, a secretary at 34th Elementary, effective May 1; Christy Jones, a paraprofessional at W.T. Cheney Elementary, effective May 18; Elvert McKnight, a custodian at Jack Robey Junior High, effective May 25; and Willie Ann Rayford, a paraprofessional at Oak Park Elementary, effective May 23.