The Watson Chapel School Board voted unanimously to approve naming the Watson Chapel High School Gymnasium after Coach Leslie Byrd Henderson at a meeting held Monday.
“When I think of seeing my name, I think of the kids,” Henderson said. “I’ve been really blessed.”
Henderson has been at WCHS for 29 years. She has been head coach for the Senior High Girls’ Basketball Team for 26 years. Under her leadership, 10 Conference Championships and five State Championships were won.
WCSD Superintendent Connie Hathorn, who is retiring in a few days, said that the district has been working with contractors to decide where Henderson’s name will be placed.
In other news, board members recognized recent WCHS graduates Kaleb Hill and Gionti Turner, who have been drafted by the Cleveland Indians professional baseball team.
Turner, who was a shortstop at WCHS, was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 27th round (No. 823 overall). Kaleb Hill, who was a left-hander at WCHS, was selected in the 39th round (1,183 overall).
Turner is now in training for the team, while Hill, who led the Wildcats to the Class 5A championship game, has decided to attend Ole Miss (University of Mississippi) on a full ride scholarship.
In other news, board members approved an application for requesting the use of school facilities. The application requires that a fee of $250 be paid seven days prior to a scheduled event along with proof of Liability Insurance or Certificate of Insurance, and additional fees for security if required by the district.
The football concession will not be available for use, and scoreboards may be used if the controls are furnished.
In other news, the majority of the board members voted to approve Hathorn’s employment recommendations for the following: Michael Bowie as an Elementary Teacher, Jordan Drye as an Elementary Teacher, Tracey Campbell as an Elementary Teacher, Tina Dulaney as an Elementary Teacher, Reginald Forte as an Elementary Teacher, Katelin Goss as a Secondary English Teacher, Darlene Hines as an Elementary Teacher, Yalonda Keaton as a School Culture and Climate Specialist, Debra McNeely as an Elementary Teacher, Imara Ready as an Assistant Junior High Basketball Coach/Teacher, Ryan Tillar as an Elementary Teacher, Falon Phillips as a Special Education Paraprofessional, Gregory White as a Special Education Paraprofessional, and Jeffrey Neal as a Bus Driver.
In other news, board members voted to rescind a previous request for an audit of the financials. Board members also approved an updated additional duties salary schedule.
Board member Sandra Boone requested that The Commercial inform the public that she voted against rescinding the financial audit and she is against hiring Imara Ready as an Assistant Junior High Basketball Coach/Teacher.