Shawn West has resigned as Oneida High School’s golf coach, while Stacy Love has resigned as the Oneida Middle School assistant boys basketball coach.

Those were among the personnel changes that the Oneida Special School District Board of Education learned of during its first meeting of 2017 on Thursday.

The meeting was dominated by announcements of personnel changes and passage of board policy items.

The board approved the letters of resignation from West and Love, and also approved several updated policy items on second reading, including policies related to testing programs, fundraising activities, food service management English learning, differentiated pay plan, family and medical leave and students in foster care. Two more policy items — one related to safety and another related to crisis management — were approved on first reading.

The board also approved two field trip requests: a trip to Washington, D.C., on June 2-5, 2017, for the elementary school Safety Patrol, and a trip by representatives of the elementary school student government to Nashville on Feb. 23-24.

Of the Safety Patrol students, sponsor Melissa Cruz said they have totaled over 300 volunteer hours to date.

“Every morning they raise the flag at 7:45 a.m.,” Cruz said. “Whatever you ask them to do, they’re ready to help. They do an awesome job.”

Finally, the board approved an extended leave of absence request from Tommie Harness.

Director of Schools Jeanny Hatfield announced a number of substitute teacher hires, including Madison Yancey, Presley Sanders, Micah Fox, Patricia Colburn, Heidi Terry, Julie Lee, Coy Kidd, Amber Huckeby, Brooke Garrett, Baylee Newport, Rebecca Strunk, Bayli Ellis and Jeff Tibbals. Hatfield also announced the hire of Catherine Bell as the attendance monitor at the high school.

Announced as Starfish Award recipients during Thursday’s meeting were Cruz, Chris Ellis, Jodie Watson and Tiffany Davis at Oneida Elementary; Robert Queener and Joe Slaven at Oneida Middle; Love and April Jones at Oneida High; Cynthia Crabtree and Freddie Stephens at the middle and high schools combined; and Cathy Buttram at the central office.

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