Appalachian state champ recognized

Blount County Board of Education



The Blount County Board of Education held its first meeting of the new year Monday afternoon. Superintendent Rodney Green welcomed AHSAA 1-5A State 500m Freestyle Champion Elizabeth Davis (above).

“State champion… that just sounds good,” Green said as he congratulated the Appalachian High School junior. “What an exciting race! We are proud of all your accomplishments.”

Board president Chris Latta agreed. “It’s been a pleasure to watch you swim. I am so proud of you. You have been such an amazing ambassador for Appalachian and Blount County.”

Elizabeth’s parents, Howard and Sharon Davis, thanked both the school board and the administration of Appalachian for fielding a swim team. “We are just so appreciative,” Howard said. “We know it is extra work for everyone to have this team, but it has given these students so many amazing opportunities.”

Following Elizabeth’s recognition, Green discussed a couple of COVID-19 related issues. The first was his recommendation to pay employees up to 10 days for absences due to a confirmed positive COVID-19 illness.

The board would also pay employees up to 10 days if they are required to quarantine by their physician or immediate supervisor as well as in the event that the employee has to care for a child or an individual in their home with COVID-19. The policy also states, “Employees taking COVID-19 leave may be required to provide appropriate documentation as directed by their immediate supervisor.” The policy was approved by the board and will remain in effect through March 31.

Green also reported that schools will reopen today under the same COVID-19 safety protocols that were in place at the conclusion of the first semester. He said those protocols were likely to change after receiving further guidance from the Alabama Department of Education and the Alabama

Department of Public Health.

After reviewing all of the superintendent’s recommendations, the board approved: General

• budget amendment #1 for FY2022.

• amending authorization resolution for the BCBOE to grant power for performing banking services to employees of the board.

• amending 2021-2022 salary schedule to add position of central office executive assistant.

• renewing plumbing bid to Scott Collett for an additional year.

• awarding plasma cutting system for the Blount County Career Technical Center to Dixie Welding Supply Company, Inc.

• Southeastern softball team’s participation in the Gulf Coast Classic. Agreements/Contracts

• Cleveland Elementary’s contracts with Cindy Reynolds to serve as yearbook editor and Kris Tanner for upkeep of school website and other technology support.

• Hayden Elementary’s after-school tutoring contract with Melia Faulkner (Feb. 1 to May 30).

• Hayden High’s contract with Tracey Rickels to serve as math intervention tutor.

• Blount BOE’s contract with Chad Pass to serve as Co-op Coordinator for Blount County Schools (Jan. 4 to May 31) and contract extension with Madison Hutchens for homebound contract #HB21-22/011. Non-compensated volunteers

• Appalachian: Peyton Dean, basketball.

• Susan Moore High: Jesse Randall Barnes, baseball; Kelley Walker, cheerleaders. Personnel

• leaves of absence for Rhianna Redding, Locust Fork Elementary, Jan. 4 to Feb. 25; Paige Spears, Cleveland Elementary, Jan. 24 to March 11; Kristina Speegle, Hayden High, Feb. 16 to April 6; Abby Thomason, Cleveland Elementary, Jan. 18 to Feb. 8; and John Thomason, Cleveland Elementary,

Feb. 9 to March 1.

• resignations of Lori Arthur, special education aide, Susan Moore Elementary; Kristi Dutton, school nurse, Susan Moore High; Kyle Ellison, bus driver, Hayden; Allison Johnson, teacher, Blountsville Elementary; Jason Winningham, music teacher/ guidance counselor, Hayden Middle.

• employment of Meagan Blankenship Burgett, early childhood/elementary teacher, Appalachian; Brittany BreShae Sims, teacher, Blountsville Elementary; and Kaitlin Morgan, RN, nurse.

• Transfers of Patrick Canada from utility bus driver to bus driver, Hayden schools; Amanda Hicks from full-time elementary teacher to halftime elementary teacher and half-time guidance counselor, Hayden Middle; and Andrew Parker Nelson from agriscience teacher at Locust Fork High to assistant principal at Hayden Middle.