AMORY – Outgoing Amory High School Assistant Principal Nick Hathcock was approved June 10 by the Amory School Board to be East Amory Elementary School’s new principal for the 2019-2020 school year.

After serving two years in the AHS assistant principal role, he will replace Kristy Keeton, who will be the new principal at Hatley Attendance Center.

In other business, district superintendent Ken Byars announced admission prices for varsity football games will be $7, and admission to junior varsity football games is $6. Student football tickets will be $3, while general admission to all other athletic events will be $6. Season football tickets will be $65. Season passes to all sports will be $100 for adults and $50 for students.

In a related matter, various fees at the district’s schools for the upcoming school year including course, lab and activities fees were presented.

The school board granted a request from the City of Amory to use the football stadium for the upcoming June 29 fireworks show to accommodate seating.

District financial officer Leslie Maranto gave a good slate of balances for the end of the 2018-2019 school year, including an increase in ad valorem tax collections.

“We’re over what we asked for. There will be no shortfall this year,” she said.

Byars followed up with his approval.

“We’re at our goal of a 15 percent margin,” he said. “We will announce plans for more capital improvements at the next meeting.”

The school board also approved an agreement between the district and the city to continue the services of school resource officers for the next school year. Byars said he had been in conversation with Amory Police Chief Ronnie Bowen about possible enhancements in the partnership.

“We’re working toward having a visual presence of a police cruiser at each school,” he said.

In a related matter, Byars announced discipline referrals for the 2018-2019 school year were the lowest on record across the district.

According to district assistant superintendent Michelle Simpson, the school board approved Sam Griffie to remain as the district’s school board attorney and also approved the contract for Byars to continue as the district’s superintendent.

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