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Huntingdon School Board Extends Director’s Contract

By Joel Washburn
washburn@mckenziebanner.com
Posted 1/24/23

HUNTINGDON (January 18) — The contract of Dr. Jonathan Kee, director of schools, was extended by unanimous vote by the Huntingdon Special School District Board of Education on January 18. Dr. Kee’s contract now extends to June 30, 2025, after the one-year extension.

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Huntingdon School Board Extends Director’s Contract

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HUNTINGDON (January 18) — The contract of Dr. Jonathan Kee, director of schools, was extended by unanimous vote by the Huntingdon Special School District Board of Education on January 18. Dr. Kee’s contract now extends to June 30, 2025, after the one-year extension.

Dr. Lee Carter, board chairman, said all former school directors stayed until retirement.

Kee started his career in 2005 by teaching eighth-grade math and moved to the high school in 2007 as a math teacher. In 2009, he became middle school principal, and in 2014, the high school principal. He was the middle school and high school men’s basketball coach.

He graduated Huntingdon High School, Class of 2000; Bachelor of Science, Union University, Physical Education and Health, 2004; Master of Arts in Education, Trevecca Nazarene University, Educational Leadership, 2006; Education Specialist, Union University, Curriculum and Supervision, 2009; Doctor of Education, Union University, Educational Leadership P-12 School Administration, 2011. He was unanimously selected as director of schools in 2021.

The Board unanimously voted to purchase a parcel of land adjacent to the new Huntingdon Middle School playground. Kee recommended the school system buy the property at $50,000. Otherwise, the owner plans to renovate the existing home and sell the ‘improved’ property.

Dr. Carter said he hopes the school system can purchase additional property to create a safe zone around the school, located on Browning Avenue.

Dr. Carter provided an idea to fellow board members concerning a benevolence project to benefit teachers and students in need. He suggested involving area churches and citizens to support teachers and students financially. He noted teachers often use their personal funds to ensure students have needed items in the classrooms. Sometimes the students need personal hygiene care items or school supplies that their families cannot provide. He suggested speaking with church leaders and others to establish a benevolence fund.

Dr. Kee gave The Banner an update on the progress of renovation and construction projects at the three school sites.

At Huntingdon Primary School, a new roof is almost completely installed.

HPS construction plans include a renovated kitchen and an expanded cafeteria. Construction plans include classrooms and restrooms. Older windows will be replaced.

New construction should begin in approximately 60 days.

A new roof will be installed at the middle school.

The school board appropriated up to $4.6 million for construction and renovation at the schools.

An LED lighting project includes interior and exterior lighting at the three school sites and the Board of Education office. A few exterior parking lots are excluded because the existing lighting is owned by Carroll County Electric.

The LED project costs are $559,875 and the program savings are estimated at $581,815. The program’s interest rate is .5 percent.

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