MCE principal steps down

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

The search is on for a new principal at Mason-Corinth Elementary.
Lisa Hollandsworth, who has served as principal at MCE for the last five years, will be teaching fifth grade reading and social studies at

Sherman Elementary in the fall after she resigned as principal at MCE at the end of this school year.
Hollandsworth said she would “rather not comment” on her reasons for stepping down as MCE principal.
“Lisa Hollandsworth worked faithfully in the district as an assistant principal and educator prior to becoming the principal. It was her decision to move back to the classroom,” said Ron Livingood, superintendent of Grant County schools.

Before being chosen as the principal, Hollandsworth worked for eight years as the assistant principal at MCE and prior to that was a teacher for 10 years.
“I’ll miss the kids at MCE,” she said. “But I’m happy to be able to just work with students.”

Hollandsworth said she knew growing up that she wanted to be a teacher. She even graduated a semester early from college because she was anxious to get in the classroom.

The MCE Site Based Decision-Making Council will be screening applicants for the position, which pays $70,000 to $80,000, depending on the applicants certification and years of experience.
Grant County Superintendent Ron Livingood will serve as the chairman of the SBDM for the principal hiring process.

The MCE SBDM held training on May 13 to begin the process of searching for a new leader at MCE. They also sent out information to parents and guardians of MCE students asking for them to identify five qualities and characteristics they’d like to have in a new principal.

 “We’ve received a number of applications from within and without the district,” Livingood said.
There could be other personnel changes in the Grant County School District, especially at Grant County High School were four teachers may be losing their jobs.
“Staffing is allocated by shifts in enrollment, but it’s paid by attendance,” Livingood said.

Two years ago when Grant County schools opened the Grant County Career and Technical Center, the Grant County Board of Education funded the seven teachers employed there from the general fund because the funding formula in place did not take into account the tech center.

Livingood said the board knew that at some point they’d have to reduce the number of staff they funded at the high school from the district’s general fund, so this year it was decided that the board would only be funding four teaching positions from the general fund.
“We wanted to offer diversity of programs, so it was paid out of the general fund to get it going,” he said.

Livingood said the district knew that as programs at the CTC became popular, that it was possible students would choose those classes over other elective courses such as chorus and band offered at the high school.
“Basically the high school will be losing four teaching positions,” Livingood said.

He said he doesn’t know exactly which teachers will be cut or if some may be reduced to part-time  status depending on the number of students who sign up for those courses.
“We can’t say right now because we’re still waiting to see if some teachers are leaving the district for other positions or how it will all play out,” Livingood said.