Bids awarded for Susan Moore schools construction

BLOUNT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

During Monday’s meeting, the Blount County Board of Education awarded the construction project for Susan Moore schools to Lee Construction of Huntsville.

The company’s bids totaled $3.36 million for the project, which includes a new cafeteria for the elementary school and a new front for the high school.

The new cafeteria is a much-needed addition for the school. All 1200 students at Susan Moore use the same lunchroom, necessitating lunch service to begin at 9:45 a.m. each day.

The new project will also include construction of a new entrance/facade for the high school.

In other business, the board acted on the recommendation of Superintendent Jim Carr and:

•amended Board Policy 5.15 (Visitors). The policy change clarifies procedures for visitors to schools and outlines steps that sex offenders must go through before attending an event or activity on school grounds.

•renewed the roofing repair and maintenance contract with Standard Roofing for an additional year.

•agreed to pay Kymberlie Payne Foshee $200 to teach pageant dances to contestants in the Miss AHS Pageant. She will be paid from Appalachian High’s local funds.

•allowed Appalachian High, Blountsville Elementary, and J.B. Pennington High schools to contract with Herff Jones Publishing Company for yearbook publishing. Each contract will be paid from the school’s local funds.

•allowed Cleveland Elementary, Cleveland High, and Locust Fork High schools to contract with Walsworth Publishing for yearbook publishing. Each contract will be paid from the school’s local funds.

•allowed Appalachian High School to enter into an agreement with Birmingham Children’s Theatre for a production at the school on March 18. The contract will be paid from the school’s local funds.

•allowed Locust Fork High School to contract with Tammy Hollingsworth to manage and facilitate operations of the Locust Fork Athletic Booster Club concession stand through April 30. The contract, not to exceed $2,500, will be from the club’s funds.

•contracted with William Smallwood for lawn maintenance. The contract expires Dec. 31, 2015.

•contracted with Julia Wall, Carnell Spradlin, and Linda Tidwell to provide homebound instruction to students through Jan. 30.

•approved two field trip requests – the Cleveland High School Band to perform at Dollywood, March 26-28; and Hayden Middle School sixth-grade students to attend Math and Science Day at Six Flags, May 15.

•allowed Cleveland High to contract with Just For You Coach to transport students to Gatlinburg on March 26 and return March 28. The contract is to be paid from the school’s local funds.

•allowed Hayden Middle to contract with Adventure Tour & Travel to transport students to and from Six Flags on May 15. The contract will be paid from the school’s local funds.

•added Andrew McKinney to Hayden High’s supplemental list. He will work with the school’s wrestling program and will be paid $750.

•granted leaves of absence for five system employees.

•employed Bridget N. Payne, utility bus driver; Latisha R. Jennings, special education instructional aide, Hayden Elementary; Jennifer Renee Campbell, intervention instructional aide, Hayden High; Jennifer Adams, intervention instructional aide, Susan Moore High; Kimberly Ann Price, intervention instructional aide, Susan Moore Elementary; Amy Lewis Gibbs, intervention teacher, Susan Moore Elementary; and Elisha Brooks Thomas, intervention instructional aide, Locust Fork High.

•accepted the resignation of maintenance employee Donald Lochamy.

•approved non-compensated volunteers Brian Jason Benton (softball, Hayden High) and Carl Steven Mundi (baseball, Southeastern) for the 2014-2015 school year.

Finally, the board approved the 2014 Night School/ Credit Recovery Program at the Blount County Career Technical Center, beginning Feb. 9 and ending March 26.

Classes will meet on Monday and Thursday evenings – from 3:30 to 6:30 – and tuition is $175 per half-credit with a maximum of one credit per student.

The board approved Glenn Puckett, Christy Stephens, Deanna Jones, Conny Lowery, Caleb Salamone, Nancy Caffee, and Cheryl Kelley as staff. All will work on an asneeded basis.

After student disciplinary hearings, the meeting was dismissed.

Present at the Jan. 5 meeting were Carr, board members Bruce McAfee, Chris Latta, Ken Benton, William Ferry, and Jackie Sivley, assistant superintendent Rodney Green, board secretary Karla Latham, and several visitors.