The Blount County Board of Education approved 39 elementary and high school teachers and patrons to serve on the 2011-2012 textbook committee.
The teachers appointed to the committee come from every school in the system and no more than three teachers on a committee come from any one school. In all, 20 teachers and three patrons were appointed to the elementary committee and 14 teachers and two patrons were appointed to the high school committee. Patrons are members of the public with an interest in education and the well-being of the school.
In other business, the board acted on the recommendation of Supt. Jim Carr and:
•allowed Hayden Middle School to pay Debby Doss and Jeannie Walker $150 each from local school funds work the Miss HMS pageant.
•allowed Hayden Middle School to enter into a 36- month lease and maintenance agreement with Berney Office Solutions for two Xerox 5775PT copiers. The school will be responsible for 36 payments of $423.76.
•contracted with Philip Vaughn to provide tutoring services for student’s as per J.B. Pennington High’s credit recovery plan. The contract of $12.50 per hour, not to exceed a total of $500, will be paid from the school’s High Hopes funds.
•contracted with Nina H. Reeves and Kelley Clegg Neal to serve as guest presenters for the Blount County Young Authors’ Conference on Saturday, March 3. Each will be paid $150 from YAC FY2012 funds.
•contracted with Kristin Simpson to serve as a guest presenter for the Blount County Young Authors’ Conference on Saturday, March 3. She will be paid $450 from YAC FY2012 funds.
•contracted with Authors ’n Education for Paul Owen Lewis to serve as guest author for school visits at Blountsville Elementary and Hayden Primary schools on March 1 and 2 and the Blount County Young Authors’ Conference on March 3. Authors ’n Education will receive $1,200 per day plus airfare/transportation, accommodations, and meal reimbursement from the schools’ local funds and YAC FY2012 funds.
•contracted with John R. Erickson to serve as a guest author for school visits at Locust Fork Elementary and Southeastern schools on March 1 and 2 and the Blount County Young Authors’ Conference on March 3. He will be paid $3,000 per day plus airfare/transportation, accommodations, and meal reimbursement from the schools’ local funds and YAC FY2012 funds.
•contracted with Libby Moon to serve as the nurse for the Young Authors’ Conference on March 3. She will be paid $25 per hour from YAC FY2012 funds.
•extended the paving contract with Whitaker Contracting Corporation for an additional year.
•approved revisions of EL District Plan.
•contracted with the State of Alabama to purchase a vehicle from the state motor pool. The vehicle will be used for driver education purposes.
•granted leaves of absence for two system employees.
•contracted with Dr. Sandra Redden of Pitts and Associates to provide psychological evaluation feedback and consultation for a student during the months of February and March. This contract will be paid from IDEA Part B and/or general funds.
•revised the system’s cheerleader guidelines according to the National Federation of State High School Association’s spirit rules for cheerleading.
•entered into a corporate services commercial account agreement with American Express Travel Related Services. A copy of the contract is on file in the superintendent’s office.
•contracted with Heather Smith, RN, to provide nursing services for students requiring medical care during extra-curricular activities through July 31, 2012. She will be paid $25 per hour from the general fund.
Finally, the board hired Christopher Lee Cleveland as utility bus driver, David Kimbrough as school bus aide for the Blount County Learning Center, Sonja Bryan Shivers as long-term substitute special education teacher at the Blount County Learning Center, and Todd M. Tipler as long-term math teacher at Appalachian High.
Present at the Feb. 6 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.