With just a week until the start of academic classes at Ardmore City Schools, school board members met for the second time this month to approve the hiring of more than a dozen staffers for the coming school year.
Ardmore Board of Education members approved the hiring of 13 new employees to the district Wednesday at the special meeting. The vote was 4-0, with board member Scott Carpenter absent from the meeting.
Of those hired included an assistant principal at Ardmore High School. Shonna Lindsay Self, an educator with 30 years in the field, was named as the new assistant principal, taking over the position left vacant by the resignation of Jelana Mosely-Aaron, who accepted a position at a Dallas high school. Her resignation was announced at the Wednesday meeting.
Self comes to Ardmore having previous served as the assistant principal at a middle school in the Sherman Independent School District. She worked for the Texas school district for 23 years.
“I am excited. Mr. (Kevin) Benson has been incredible, and Mr. (Jake) Falvey has been excellent. I’ve been assigned to work with the freshman class, which is great, because I am very familiar with working with students in that age group,” Self said.
Self says she is looking forward to returning to working with high school students. Her first teacher position was at Durant High School, where she taught a bachelor survival course. The class was geared toward high school boys, and covered sewing and life skills.
The board also named Kern Farve as the district’s band director, working with high and middle school students. Mark Smithey was hired as the assistant band director.
Other approved hires at the meeting included the hiring of Darlene Jezek, kindergarten teacher at Will Rogers Elementary School; Jessica Mahaffey, kindergarten teacher at Will Rogers; Kimberlie Mann, third-grade teacher at Charles Evans Elementary School; and Suzanne Sweeten, music teacher at Lincoln Elementary School.
The district also approved hirings for six non-certifed employment positions at the meeting.
Resignations announced at the meeting included a third-grade teacher at Charles Evans, paraprofessional at Will Rogers, vocal music teacher at the high school, English teacher at the high school and a cashier at the middle school.
Since the March board meeting, the board has approved the hiring of 48 people for various positions within the school district. During that time, Superintendent Sonny Bates has received and accepted 47 staff resignations.