The Vinton County Local Board of Education had many personnel items to deal with in their Tuesday evening, July 26 meeting as the new school year begins on Aug. 17.

The Board hired seven teachers and nine certificated tutors and approved several supplemental contracts. It also approved a retirement notice and volunteer coaching request.

Newly hired teacher Steve Roach is a familiar face to many people in the district. He was employed by the district for 17 years (1997-2014) as a teacher and middle school principal. He received a warm “welcome back” comment from Superintendent Rick Brooks. Roach will be teaching math at the high school.

The other teachers hired are new to the district. Brenda Bills will be teaching freshman language arts at the high school while Caitlyn Carper will be a high school intervention specialist. Sonya Hill will be teaching eighth-grade language arts while Wellston High School alumna Katey King will be the new assistant band director at the high school and middle schools. She also will be the 5th-grade general music traveling teacher at the three elementary schools. Bethany Kinnison will be a high school intervention specialist while Brittany "Montana” Legg will be teaching third grade at West Elementary.

The Board also hired certified tutors Billilyn Davidson, Ella Eberts, Connie Fullen, Hunter Markins, Laura Mayers, Cassidy Six, Pam Toon, Sydney Waugh, and Joe White. The board also hired Lisa Bay as a non-certified aide.

There were also several other personnel matters as the board approved the resignations of teachers Fonda Menikhelm, Melinda Wright, Brianna Bethel, and Rondel Spires. They also approved the retirement notice of aide Nora Brooks.

The Board also approved supplemental contracts for Marsha Ward (Guidance Counselor 10-day extended), Courtney Scarberry (co-flag corp/majorette advisor), Jana Schweikert (co-flag corp/majorette advisor), and Sydney Waugh (7th grade volleyball coach). The board also approved Emily Reynolds as a volunteer assistant track coach.