Citing a state law that she is ineligible to serve as a school board member if the school elects to hire a family member for a then open position, Magazine School Board president LeAnn Jones resigned Thursday night.
State law prohibits a board member from participating in a contract with an employee which the family member will receive a $5,000 raise or greater.
One of the personnel decisions made after Jones stepped down was the hiring of Crystal Chappell, Jones’ sister-in-law, as a fourth grade teacher, contingent upon her meeting all requirements for the position. That motion was made by Robert Curtis.
Chappell had previously held a non-certified positions with the school.
The resignation came after an executive session from which she was excused. Following her departure, board member Alfonso Vasquez became president and presided over the remainder of the meeting.
In other matters Thursday the board approved the purchase of fencing windscreen at the elementary school as a security measure. The project price tag is just over $10,000. The board also approved the purchase of 48 Chrome Books for the elementary school at a cost of $21,443.