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LCS fill faculty and staff positions

LINDEN — The Board of Education voted Thursday on the final round of new employees in the system. They approved three more people to fill vacant spots at two of the schools.

According to Scott Collier, LCS superintendent, they hired a science teacher for Linden High School as well as a nurse’s aide, and a bus driver to take the Demopolis route for the Marengo County Technology Center.

“I think we have a good selection of people,” Collier said.

Earlier this month, the board approved hiring first-time teachers William Matthews and Joseph Eatmon. Matthews, who will be a history and social science teacher at Linden High School as well as a coach, is a graduate of the University of Alabama and is currently working on his master’s at the University of West Alabama.

Eatmon will be the health and physical education teacher at George P. Austin Junior High School, a position vacated after Andro Williams requested to be moved to health and physical education teacher at LHS. Eatmon also has experience as both a player and coach at UWA.

Collier has said his experience and connections will be a benefit to potential college students from the high school.

The board also approved former 21st Century grant site coordinator Joe Terry Johnson taking the role of graduation coach and after school program supervisor for the school system.

Finally, the board approved hiring William Barnes as the part-time instructional music teacher and band director for the system. Barnes has been working with Linden students for the last several months on revitalizing the band program for the schools.

Another decision approved by the board, closing the old Agriscience program and moving its remaining equipment to the technology center, will open up additional space for the band, Collier said.