Dr. Jonathan Kee is new HSSD Director of Schools

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Dr. Jonathan Kee

Dr. Jonathan Kee has a new position. Come July 1, he will become Huntingdon Special School District’s director of schools.

He was selected in a unanimous vote of the Huntingdon School Board Thursday night. He will succeed Pat Dillahunty who has served in that position for 12 years.

Kee was among the three applicants who applied for the job and the only local candidate.

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He was at the high school football banquet when he was notified, but came by later to thank the board members for decision.

In his resume he says his professional goal is to promote the importance of an education and impact others in a positive way that supports them in reaching their own dreams and aspirations.

Dr. Tim Tucker made a motion to make an offer to Kee.

“At this point he is the best qualified and he stands out in my mind,” said Tucker.

Board member Morgan Butler questioned if there was a need to interview Kee and Brittany Foster wanted to know if it was a disservice not to interview all three candidates.

Board member Vicki Williams said that it is well known that Dr. Kee is qualified and he has improved the building he is in.

Board chairman Dr. Lee Carter pointed out the transition would be so much easier with Kee.

“I’ve thought about it all day and I’m good with this decision,” said Tucker.

Kee has been with the Huntingdon School System since 2005 when he was hired to teach8th grade math. He was chosen as Huntingdon Middle School principal in 2009 and in 2014 he was selected as the Huntingdon High School principal.

In other business, board members:

* Set the graduation date for Sunday, May 16 at 2 p.m.

* Approved the school calendar which has 27 holiday breaks. School will start Aug. 3 and is to conclude May 19.

* Acknowledged the resignations of primary school educational assistants Allison Coleman and Miranda Jones. Two new primary school primary school educational assistants Morgan Cagle and Heather Whitworth were hired.

* Adopted five board policies. One related to class size ratio. One was the adoption of textbooks and instructional materials as proposed in place of the current board policy. The board policy concerning FFCRA leave was amended. The physical examinations and immunizations policy was amended. The board policy on medicines was amended.

* Set March 18 at 7 a.m. as a combined board meeting and joint venture day.

* Approved beginning soccer at the middle and high schools.

* Acknowledge the TSBA Legislative Conference on Fe. 15-18.

* Were presented tokens of appreciation form the schools for Board Appreciation Week.

* Set the next board meeting for Fe.b 18.

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