New superintendent behind the wheel

Chris Cook

WINFIELD - The Winfield Board of Education approved the contract for new Winfield Superintendent of Education Chris Cook, who officially began his new job as superintendent on Monday, Nov. 19.
Cook, the former Marion County Board of Education Central Office Supervisor, was selected from five candidates for the superintendent position on Tuesday, Oct. 23, by the board.
Cook attended the meeting, along with interim superintendent Benjie Parrish.
The board looked over its contract with Cook and voted unanimously to accept it.
The contract sets Cook’s salary at $120,000 per year.

Bowen joins
the board
In a vacancy left by former board member Carol Dickinson, Bowen Funeral Home owner Tommy Bowen was appointed to the board of education by the Winfield City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
“Tommy’s a great young man and he’s going to do a fantastic job,” said Parrish. “We thank you for your service.”
Bowen told the board that he was grateful to be involved.
As Dickinson had been the board’s vice chairman, the board unanimously appointed board member Brenda Taylor as vice chairman.
In other business, the board:
• Announced Dickinson’s resignation, saying many kind words about the former board member.
“Carol’s been very gracious with her time over the years as far as her service is concerned,” said Parrish. “We appreciate her and love her.”
Board president James Garner commented on Dickinson’s service, stating that Dickinson put forth a lot of time and effort in order to make the school system better.
“She was very passionate about her board service. She was valuable for her perspective, with the unique standpoint of a former guidance counselor. She is very passionate about Winfield and about our kids,” said Garner.
• Voted to pay Parrish for his service as interim superintendent a total of $10,800, which is based on the $120,000 yearly salary of the superintendent position. Parrish served as superintendent for just over four months, starting Tuesday, July 17, and ending on Monday, Nov. 19.
Board members thanked Parrish for his service to the school system as interim superintendent and Parrish told the board he was honored and grateful for the opportunity.
In addition to the compensation, the board approved a raise for Parrish of 3.5 percent of his current salary as Winfield City High School Principal, beginning on Nov. 19.
• Approved field trips to Tupelo, Miss., for first- and fourth-grade students in December.

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