D-29 approves principal’s resignation, begins search

The search is on for a new principal at Kelly Edwards Elementary School following the Williston District 29 School Board's approval of Donna Selvey's resignation.
Superintendent Dr. Tom Siler recommended the board accept Selvey's resignation, so she can accept a new job as principal of Barnwell Primary School in Barnwell District 45, during a special-called July 31 meeting. Board member Billy Williams Jr. made a motion to approve Selvey's resignation. The motion was seconded by Chris Rivers and unanimously approved, though Chairman Calvin Melton said Selvey will be missed.
"We appreciate everything Donna has done for us," said Melton, and "hope for the best in her new job."
While Selvey will be KEES principal until Aug. 10, her resignation was approved on the condition she helps with the transition for the new principal, said Dr. Siler, though it's not certain when a new principal will be in place.
"We want to move as quickly as we can," said Dr. Siler.
The board is expected to vote on a recommendation by Dr. Siler for a new principal during a special-called meeting Aug. 9 at 6 p.m. in the boardroom of the district office. Last week, 10 applicants were interviewed.
Dr. Siler said the district is looking for someone with a "very strong leadership background to continue the instructional leadership at that school," something Selvey did a good job with.
The board also unanimously approved the hiring of three new teachers-Keri Harling as a science teacher at Williston-Elko High School, Betsy Hooks as the gifted and talented teacher at Williston-Elko Middle School, and Michael Douglas Vincent as an eighth grade social studies and S.C. history teacher at WEMS.