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By LARRY CHAMBERS
INDEPENDENCE — Among the personnel items approved at the Grayson County School Board’s June meeting was the dismissal of a teacher.
Mark Allen Osborne was dismissed effective June 12.
Osborne, a former agriculture teacher, had been on paid leave since he was indicted April 27 by a Grayson County grand jury.
Osborne, 33, of Independence, was indicted on a charge of the use of a communications system to solicit a child for illegal acts. An indictment is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt.
According to the indictment, the charge involved a minor child at least 15 years old and less than 18 years old.
The investigation was handled by School Resource Officer Rhonda Halsey and Investigator Todd Perkins of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department.
Also at the meeting, the board appointed to the summer school program Ranae Cox, Susan Alexander, Amber Watkins, Kris Cannaday and Vicki Medlen.
Appointed to the 21st Century Summer Program at Independence Middle School were teachers Amy Stinnett, Sandra Colston, Ashley Conklin, Gary Bergeron, Stephanie Darnell and substitute bus driver Keith Ledford.
Bill Strong, a former teacher and long-time head football coach for the Blue Devils, was hired as part-time driver’s education instructor, effective Aug. 8. He retired from Ashe County High School in Jefferson, N.C., last December.
Three teachers resigned, including Greg Rudy, Brett Martin and Polly Vaughan.
Bobby Cheeks, principal at Grayson County High School, also resigned and was approved as a teacher effective June 30.
Eileen Elrod, guidance counselor, will retire effective July 30.
Aides and computer technicians approved for 2012-13 were: Tammy Baker, Rachel Blevins, Sarrah Bowers, Kathryn Carrico, Donna Correll, Sarah Crigger, Tracey Cummins, Sherry Dancy, Rhonda Eastridge, Bernadine Greer, Shelby Hale, Karen Ham, Arnold Hash, Shelby Hollinger and Linda Hunter.
Also, Suzanne Iroler, Shelia Jones, Elizabeth Lopez, Kiri Mahaffey, Sandra Nagy, Rebecca Nelson, Sandra Norman, Shelia Osborne, Bonnie Russell, Steven Sawyers, Diane Taylor, Katherine Whitaker, Melissa Wilson, Judy Williams and Ima Jean Young.