By NOREEN HYSLOP
Along with the hiring of Bethany Deal as Southwest Principal for the upcoming school year (see Wednesday edition of The Daily Statesman), the Dexter Board of Education accepted two retirements and a pair of resignations, and voted to renew Supt. Dr. Thomas Sharp's contract for an additional year.
In a surprise announcement, Dr. Kim Flowers, currently serving as Assistant Superintendent, submitted her intention to retire at the conclusion of the current school year. Flowers has 25 years in education, with 18 of those in the local school system.
The board also accepted the resignation of Football Coach and Health/PE Instructor Aaron Pixley, whose intent to resign was made public last week. Pixley is moving to Kennett where he has accepted the position of head football coach.
Jan Britt, who has 28 years in the local system and currently serves at Central Office MOSIS Coordinator, will also be retiring at the conclusion of the current school year. Britt spent several years as a classroom aide in the Title I Reading program at Southwest Elementary.
Pat Blair, R.N., who serves as the school nurse at Southwest, also submitted her resignation. She also will remain in place until the end of the school year. The board hired Lynne Averett to replace Blair at the start of the 2013-14 school year.
The latest notifications bring the number of certified personnel school retirements in 2013 to 12.