‘Always areas to grow and to improve’

Oneonta City Board of Education

The Oneonta City Board of Education held a work session prior to its regular monthly meeting Monday afternoon. Jennifer Gray with the Alabama Association of School Boards was on hand to share the results of superintendent Daniel Smith’s evaluation and review. All five members of the board as well as the system’s three principals completed the evaluation.

While there were several categories that ranged from educational leadership and personnel management to community relationships and communication and interpersonal skills, Smith has either met expectations or exceeded expectations in all areas.

The next steps, she explained, are to “Provide him with feedback and allow him to work towards goals as set forth by the board. I encourage you to continue this dialogue and set goals for the coming year so both the superintendent and the system can continue to grow.”

Smith thanked Gray for her guidance through this process and thanked the board and administrators for participating.

“There are always areas to grow and to improve,” he said. “I appreciate all of you for providing good, truthful feedback.”

There were several other items discussed in the 90-minute work session. Smith reported that the city’s zoning board approved the system’s request to place a 6-by-9 foot digital sign in a more centralized location on the school campus. Bid sheets will be ready in the coming weeks.

The board also discussed the need for increased security and safety measures around the football stadium and softball field. Smith said the total cost for a security system including installation at the stadium is $30,000. He said that he has found some funding to help with the cost. Also, he is talking with Alabama Power about adding more lighting around the facility to create a safer environment.

Before closing the work session, Smith reported that construction of the maintenance building is almost complete. He said the contractors have to add new pier footings at the existing columns, but he expects the project to be complete within the next four weeks.

According to Smith, the contractor has encountered a problem in the out field of the new baseball field. He said a “valley in right field has settled” and the contractor and engineers are working toward a solution.

In the business meeting, the board handled several routine matters and approved the recommendations of the superintendent. Students

• Release of one student to Springville Elementary; release of one student to Springville Middle.

• Continued enrollment of two OES non-resident students on probation status for the 2020-2021 school year and reevluated for the 2021-2022 school year. Personnel

• Retirements of OES teachers Caprice Sims, Nancy Barnett, Marci Catron, and Cheryl Phillips, effective June 1.

• Resignation of Greg Gammon, OMS band teacher, effective June 1.

• Resignation of OHS teachers Sandy Lambert (math), Tammy Schatz (science), and Chad Pass (career tech and bus driver), effective June 1.

• Resignation of Eddie Williams, OCS mechanic/maintenance, effective April 9.

• Resignation of Stephanie Cole, special education aide, effective June 1.

• Resignation of Brandon Crews, OHS teacher and head varsity basketball coach, effective June 1.

• Resignation of Lauren Wilson, assistant superintendent, effective May 14. Employment

• Taylor Claburn, Devin Moseley, Anna Price, and Catherine Presley, OES teachers, effective Aug. 2.

• Brad Mitchell, OMS assistant principal, effective July 1.

• Justin Cato, OCS mechanic/ maintenance worker.

• Liz Miller, summer special education teacher for two weeks, and Jonathan Butler and Randi Abernathy as summer support personnel for four weeks each.

• Terre Powell and Brad Mitchell as 2021 OMS summer school instructors from June 1 to June 18.

• Alex Strickland as 2021 OHS summer school instructor from June 7 to June 18. General

• Revised calendar for the 2021- 2022 school year.

• Change order request to add new pier footings at the existing columns of the new maintenance building.

• Change order request to add a warning track, two logos, and alternating green field patterns on the new baseball field.

The board’s next scheduled meeting is Monday, May 17, at 5:30 p.m. Smith said the board might need to hold a special meeting prior to that date if necessary to begin approving new hires.