Blount County Board of Education

Honor students recognized

The Blount County Board of Education recognized the honor students of the class of 2011 from the system’s six high schools during Monday’s meeting.

Those honored: Appalachian – Laven Abercrombie, valedictorian; Tara Woodard, salutatorian; Kayle Dickie, historian; Cleveland – Gracyn Janet Gammon, valedictorian; Breanna Noel Branham, salutatorian; Jessica Brooke Duvall, historian; Hayden – Jessa Hudson, valedictorian; Jo An Lipa, salutatorian; Carly Russell, historian; Locust Fork – Rebekah Lynn Hollingsworth, valedictorian; Cecilia Joy Hornbuckle, salutatorian; Edward Ray Hinderliter, historian; J.B. Pennington – Joe Blocker, valedictorian; Brooklyn Paige Posey, salutatorian; Jake Pettus, historian; Susan Moore – Daniel Jackson, valedictorian; Kayla Waddle, salutatorian; Elizabeth Starkey, historian.

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

entered into an agreement with the East Coast Migrant Head Start Program establishing responsibilities relative to preschool children through Dec. 31, 2011.

entered into a loan agreement with Samsung Electronics American Equipment for a period of 30 days.

allowed Cleveland Elementary to enter into two agreements with School InSites of Saraland for website hosting services. The agreements, effective from July 1, 2010, through June 30, 2012, are for $1800 each and will be paid from the school’s local funds.

allowed Hayden High to conduct an elementary football camp June 20-22, 2011. Proceeds will go to the school’s football program.

allowed Hayden High to conduct a youth cheerleading clinic July 25-29, 2011. Proceeds will go to the school’s varsity cheerleader account.

allowed Cleveland High to enter into a marketing and advertising agreement with Home Team Marketing, LLC for a three-year period beginning May 2, 2011.

contracted with Linda Tidwell to provide homebound services for a Hayden High student from June 1, 2011, to Aug. 15, 2011. She will be paid $20 per hour plus travel reimbursement from IDEA Part B and/or general funds. The total amount of the contract shall not exceed $1000.

accepted the retirement resignations of Jacquelyn Acton, Hayden bus driver; Ray Beavers, Cleveland Elementary teacher; Suzanne Echols, Hayden Middle teacher; Kay Lowrey, Blountsville Elementary teacher; and Carol Wesson, Southeastern Elementary teacher.

accepted the resignations of Natricia Case, Locust Fork High custodian, and Andrew Morton. The board also agreed to pay Morton at his regular daily rate for five unused vacation days.

granted intermittent catastrophic leave of absence to one employee and a leave of absence to another.

agreed to pay Cindy Williams to work an additional 20 days and Rebecca Shew for an additional 10 days during the summer to complete program and form updates, plan revisions, program evaluations, and other federal requirements. Each will be paid at her daily rate from Title I FY2011 funds.

contracted with Kenneth Chadwick (Appalachian) and Michael Bramblett (Locust Fork) to conduct each school’s football spring training during the month of May. The total amount of each contract is not to exceed $1000.

approved the 2011-2012 Blountsville Elementary School handbook.

employed Mary Kate Graves as a long-term substitute math teacher at Locust Fork High through the remainder of the school year.

approved a field trip request for three members of the Locust Fork High yearbook staff to the Walsworth Yearbook Workshop in Suwanee, Ga., June 27-28, 2011.

allowed Locust Fork High to enter into a lock-and-lease agreement with Locust Pro for three years, beginning April 18, 2011. The annual rate for this agreement – $418.70 – will be paid from the school’s local funds.

allowed Locust Fork High to enter into an agreement with School Specialty for the 2011-2012 student handbook planners. The agreement, not to exceed $3457, will be paid from the school’s local funds.

contracted with Crystal Clowdus to provide homebound services for a Susan Moore High student. She will be paid $20 per hour, plus travel reimbursement, from the general fund. The total amount of the contract is not to exceed $1000.

Finally, the board approved several motions concerning the 2011 summer school/credit recovery program.

The Blount County Career Technical Center will host the summer school with two sessions – elementary June 13-24 (10 days) 8 a.m. to 12 noon and secondary June 13 – July 1 (15 days) 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fees are $170 for elementary tuition and $170 for each half credit (one credit maximum per student) for secondary.

The pay scale for the program was set: $135/day for teachers ($58/day for substitute); $80/day for nurse (if needed); and $600 per session for bookkeeper ($100 per day to be worked as needed).

Staff was approved on an as-needed basis – administrator, Johnny Pullen; bookkeeper, Sara Hallman; elementary teacher (math and language arts only) Gail Burgett ( Joanna McCay, alternate); English, Terri Hubauer; math, Donna Hicks; math alternate, Conny Lowery; science, Christy Stidham; science alternate, Nancy Caffee; social studies, Glenn Puckett; nurse, Libby Moon; administrative assistant/counselor Glenn Puckett (eight days); uncompensated volunteer, Jonathan Cleveland (10-day internship).

Present at the May 2 meeting were Carr, assistant superintendent Rodney Green, board members Gregg Armstrong, Bruce McAfee, Craig Johnson, Jackie Sivley, and Chris Latta, board secretary Karla Latham, and several visitors.