The Carlisle School Board hired Sammy Ussery as the new Carlisle High School principal during their meeting Monday, April 8.

Superintendent Jason Clark said Ussery is a student-friendly person and is good with teachers.

"I feel confident in his abilities," Clark said about Ussery.

Ussery comes from Russellville High School. He has served as principal for Russellville Middle School, Dover and Western Yell County.

Ussery and his wife, Danielle, have three children.

The board also approved the resignation of elementary principal Susie Ward, but within minutes hired her back as a sixth grade math teacher.

Clark said Ward wants to work with students on an individual level and she misses working with children.

The board approved resignations of sixth grade literacy teacher Michelle Waymire, high school principal and head football coach Scott Waymire and paraprofessional Christy Batchelor.

The board approved hires of Jack Keith for assistant football coach and high school math teacher and classified and certified personal. The board approved contract amendments for Shon Evans for two days a week instead of three and elementary secretary Tammy Morgenstern year round.

In other business, the board approved Randy Phillips to demolish the old high school home economics building for $6,000.

Clark told the board the high school asphalted project has 374 parking spaces in the design. The board approved to proceed with bidding out the project.

Clark said both projects are summer jobs.

The board also approved the donation of 50 shrubs from a Carlisle resident, who would also maintain the shrubs. Clark said the shrubs would be placed in front of the heat and air systems.

Clark read a proclamation from the City of Carlisle designating May 6-10 as National Teacher Appreciation week. He also said the high school band received straight 2s at their last competition.

The next school board meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. on May 13 in the administration building.