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Bell new coach at NHS

By John Miller, 05/26/23 10:04 AM

ROSSTON – Jamario Bell has been hired as the new boys basketball coach and teacher for Nevada.

This was done at the May meeting of the Nevada School Board Thursday night. The board accepted four resignations, including that of Bobby Mullins and his wife.

In other business, the board named Superintendent Roy McCoy to represent the school on the board of directors at the Southwest Educational Cooperative.

Principal Tonda Pennington said the district ended the year and has added a hospitality/tourism course to its CTE curriculum. Under this program, students completing it can leave high school and get a job in either of these industries. The district, she said, had a 100 percent graduation rate among seniors again, who earned $567,000 in scholarships. Additionally, she added, the district was approved for a safe school grant in the amount of 485,000 to be used to improve school safety.

McCoy told the board the district is in summer mode, with the hours being from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday until the end of July. Summer plans, he said, are to do a major cleanup and beautification program in and around the school. Former students will be hired to clean the school inside and out, getting rid of items stored and no longer used.

The board also retired and removed fixed assets from its inventory, and approved the sale of five buses. Two went to Felton McKinney and three were sold to Robin Malloy.

Transfers were approved under school choice, with some students leaving and others moving into the district. Overall, the district will gain 24 students.

The revised salary schedule was also approved as presented.