J.B. Pennington principal moves to central office

With just about a month before the 2011-2012 school year is to begin, J.B. Pennington High School is looking for a new principal.

Craig Sosebee, now the former Pennington principal, was transferred by the board to the central office and will serve as the system’s coordinator of federal programs. The move was effective July 1.

Sosebee replaces Karen Calvert, the system’s longtime coordinator who retired earlier this year.

According to Supt. Jim Carr, the principal position at J.B. Pennington has been posted and the board is expected to name a replacement later this month.

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

hired Daina M. Jones, Spanish/computer teacher, Cleveland High; Kimberly Palmore Robbins, teacher, Hayden Elementary; April Bates, special education teacher, Mary Katelyn Graves, math teacher, and Cynthia Leigha Rogers, elementary teacher, Hayden Middle; Louis R. DeArman, math teacher, Locust Fork High; Idania L. Gonzalez, ESL teacher, and Maria Murray, English/language arts teacher, Southeastern School; Andrew Nesmith, social studies teacher, Susan Moore High; and Brian Randel Narrell, network technician for the system.

accepted resignations from Heather Bullard, teacher, Cleveland High; Edward Love, English teacher, Hayden High; and Theresa L. Kelly, teacher, Hayden Elementary.

accepted retirement resignations from Wanda M. Adkins, ESL/migrant home-school liaison, and Sherry Sawyer, special education aide, Locust Fork Elementary.

approved the handbooks of Appalachian High, Cleveland Elementary, Cleveland High, Hayden Elementary, Hayden High, and J.B. Pennington High for the 2011- 2012 school year.

contracted with the Community Action Partnership of North Alabama (Head Start program at Susan Moore Elementary). The contract calls for Susan Moore Elementary to supply meals to participants in the Head Start program at the rate of $1.25 for breakfast; $2 for lunch ($2.50 for staff); and 75 cents for snacks.

contracted with Darren Butler to hold a one-day professional development writing workshop for Cleveland Elementary teachers on Aug. 11. He will be paid $400 from Title I FY2011 ARRA funds.

contracted with Katrina Jennings to install and maintain software at Locust Fork High to support school improvement efforts. She will be paid for two days at $150 per day plus fringe benefits from Title I FY2011 funds.

contracted with Lori Weaver Bush for the evaluation of preschool referrals for the RISE program from July 6 to Aug. 10. She will be paid $20 per hour from IDEA Part B and/or ARRA funds.

employed Cam Bamberry to perform miscellaneous work at Hayden Elementary during the summer. He will be paid at the board-approved hourly rate from the Blount County Community Foundation and/or the school’s remaining grant funds.

approved Summer Arnold, Katy Higdon, and Kinlee Nelson as workers for the Cleveland High band camp this summer. Each will be paid $400 plus fringe benefits from the school’s local band funds.

employed Kyle Pullen and Trevor Pullen on a part-time, as-needed basis to assist with various projects at Susan Moore Elementary this summer. Each will be paid at the board-approved hourly rate, not to exceed $500 each, from the school’s local funds.

employed Terri Patterson as band camp clinician at J.B. Pennington High this summer. She will be paid $475 plus related benefits from the school’s local funds.

agreed to pay Jennifer Arrington a $ 500 supplement to complete Blountsville Elementary’s 2011-2012 yearbook. She will be paid from the school’s local funds.

allowed the transfer of three students – two to Hoover City and one to Jefferson County – for the 2011-2012 school year with the stipulation that the Blount County Board of Education will not assume any liability in relation to the releases.

amended the contract with Linda Tidwell (approved on May 2, 2011) to provide extended school-year services to a student. The amendment allows for the increase in pay from $20 per hour to $25 per hour beginning July 1 and ending Aug. 15.

approved paying a $50 per day stipend to Susan Moore Elementary teachers Amanda Bridges, Anna Cochran, Tonya Criswell, Kim Eubanks, Drenna Gletty, Emily McGahee, Rebecca Macedo, Tina Snead, and Lisa Waddle to attend four days of AMSTI math training this summer. The total amount, not to exceed $2000, will be paid from the school’s local funds.

contracted with Pediatric Therapy Associates Inc. to provide physical therapy services for the 2011-2012 school year at a rate of $72 per hour.

awarded the Child Nutrition Program bid for beverages to Buffalo Rock Co. of Gadsden. The bid amount of $32,430.25 is for the period from Aug. 8, 2011, to June 1, 2012.

awarded the Child Nutrition Program bid for food items to Osborn Brothers Inc. of Gadsden The bid amount of $1,212,260.25 is for the period from Aug. 8, 2011, to Dec. 21, 2011.

awarded the Child Nutrition Program bid for breads to Flowers Baking Co. of Birmingham. The bid amount of $149,881.52 is for the period from Aug. 8, 2011, to June 1, 2012.

awarded the Child Nutrition Program bid for liquid dairy products to Barber Milk/Dean Foods and contracted for the period from Aug. 8, 2011, to June 1, 2012.

allowed Hayden High to lease its football stadium, practice field, and gymnasium to the North Alabama Team Camp for the period of July 17 to July 22. A copy of the agreement is on file in the superintendent’s office.

approved J.B. Pennington High School’s credit recovery plan.

approved summer field trip requests from J.B. Pennington (for the basketball team to attend camp at Birmingham- Southern) and Susan Moore High (for the volleyball team to attend camp at Auburn).

transferred Susan Moore High language arts teacher Windy Jennings to special education teacher at the school.

allowed Susan Moore High bookkeeper Janice Blakely to work up to three additional days this summer at her 2010- 2011 daily rate. She will be paid from the school’s local funds.

Finally, the board agreed to pay Marla Hitt, Katrina Jennings, and Lisa Whittington to provide technical assistance as needed this summer to complete the setup of new computers for the Southeastern School expansion. Each will be paid $150 per day from the general fund.

Present at the June 30 meeting were Carr, assistant superintendent Rodney Green, board members Gregg Armstrong, Bruce McAfee, Jackie Sivley, Craig Johnson, and Chris Latta, board secretary Karla Latham, and several visitors.