CHIPLEY — The Washington County School Board reappointed Terry Ellis as chairman during its annual re-organizational meeting on Monday at the district administration building in Chipley.


CHIPLEY — The Washington County School Board reappointed Terry Ellis as chairman during its annual re-organizational meeting on Monday at the district administration building in Chipley.



Susan Roberts was elected vice-chairman and the board voted to keep the regular monthly meetings at the same day and time — 5 p.m. on the second Monday of each month.



“I think a chairman needs to be in that position for more than a year,” Roberts said. “The first year, you’re kind of shy and you’re still learning what to do.”



The board also set the salary of the board members at the state recommended. For 2011-12 that amount was $25,146, according to the state Office of Economic & Demographic Research website edr.state.fl.us.



The board also reappointed Jeff Goodman as attorney and kept his retainer fee the same, subject to negotiation, Superintendent Joe Taylor said.



Following the brief re-organizational meeting, the board held a workshop with Sandra Coppedge, coordinator of the district’s Technology and Information Services, to discuss staffing the technology center.



“We have three main tasks that we have to perform,” Coppedge said. “MIS, which is handling personnel and school records, programming, and technology.” Currently the department has three employees who will be retiring in the next year and those positions will have to be filled, Coppedge said.



Ellis said he would like to eventually see computer techs stationed at both the Vernon and Chipley campuses where they could oversee technological issues in the schools, rather than have all the techs working out of the Chipley campus.



The department is currently advertising for a data entry clerk, and Roberts said she hoped that meant there would be someone available in the department to answer the telephone.



“Martha Compton (director of Washington-Holmes Technical Center) has said she can send us a part-time person maybe two days a week,” Coppedge said. “That can help with the phones.”