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Teachers receive welcome and information on policies

DEMOPOLIS-New Demopolis schoolteachers were briefed on the three P’s -policies, payroll, and procedures- Thursday during the Board of Education’s new teacher orientation.

More than 20 new teachers received a color-coded orientation manual with the do’s and don’ts of teaching in the Demopolis City School system.

Superintendent Wesley Hill welcomed his new faculty. Pro tem mayor, Thomas Moore, and School Board chairman, Gary Holemon, greeted the crowd.

Eleanor Bailey, orientation hostess, said this is the first time such a large-scale orientation has been given.

“The purpose is to prepare our new teachers for the school year,” she said. “They need to be acclimated to the school atmosphere and all aspects that will affect them as employees.”

Bailey said the teachers will get an overview of what they can expect once the school year begins.

UniServe director, LaBarron Mack, spoke about the Alabama Education Association and Kim Easley-Bell, president of the Demopolis Education Association spoke about DEA.

“We encourage our teachers to become a part of AED,” Bailey said. “That’s why we tell them about the benefits of membership.”

Payroll clerk Jennifer Roemen briefed participants on payroll, deductions, sick leaves, and insurance.

“Don’t buy something without getting approval,” she told the new faculty.

New teachers also received information on traveling, caring for students with disabilities and those who need medical attention, dress code, PEPE, technology policies and procedures, safety plans, and the school district’s philosophy.

Evelyn James, the child nutritionist, talked to teachers about nutrition plans and welcomed them to the district.

“We are glad to have you in our system,” James said. “We feel like you have chosen one of the best in Alabama.”

Orientation went from 9 a.m. to about 2:30 p.m. Thursday and teachers will meet Friday at 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. to complete the orientation program.