Cleveland returns as Pennington principal

Dr. Philip Cleveland

Dr. Philip Cleveland

The Blount County Board of Education wasted little time in naming a new principal for J.B. Pennington High School. Just one week after Craig Sosebee was transferred to the central office, the board named former principal Dr. Philip Cleveland to the post.

Cleveland returns to Pennington after four years at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville. At Wallace State, Cleveland first served as dean of technical education before being appointed vice president of learning/dean of applied technologies in 2010.

Cleveland and his wife Trina, a third-grade teacher at Blountsville Elementary, have three children – Travis, 12, Tyler, 5, and Jackson, 4.

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

paid $250 to the Alabama Association of School Boards Legal Assistance Fund for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

paid $11,500 to the Alabama Association of School Boards for membership fees for 2011-2012.

awarded the Child Nutrition Program paper products bid to JanPak for $34,386.34 for the period Aug. 8, 2011, through June 1, 2012.

awarded the Child Nutrition Program chemical bid to Commercial Dishwashers Inc. for $684.41 for the period Aug. 8, 2011, through June 1, 2012.

allowed Susan Moore Elementary to contract with AGF Inc. to refinish and paint lines on the gym floor. The contract, not to exceed $10,471, will be paid from the school’s local funds.

accepted retirement resignations from Susan Webb Horton, school improvement official, and Evelyn Graves, Blountsville Elementary special education teacher.

hired Cindy Chester, Mavon Copeland, John William Ellis IV, Gary Freeman, and Cecilia P. West, utility bus drivers.

hired Stephen G. Skillman, technology technician, and Stefanie Weston, Hayden Elementary teacher.

transferred bus driver Lola Baird from Hayden schools to Blountsville schools.

transferred utility bus drivers Kimberlee Ryan and Tammie McCoy to Hayden schools.

transferred Crystal Cowan from library aide to English/language arts teacher at Susan Moore High.

Finally, the board accepted the resignation of Cleveland head football coach Mark O’Bryant, who had accepted a teaching/ coaching position at Oxford High School, and Locust Fork assistant coach Jason Walker, pending his employment by the Albertville City Board of Education.

Present at the July 15 meeting were board members Gregg Armstrong, Bruce McAfee, Craig Johnson, Jackie Sivley, and Chris Latta, Carr, assistant superintendent Rodney Green, board secretary Karla Latham, and several visitors.