Appalachian looking for new football coach

After just one year on the job, Kenny Chadwick has resigned as head football coach at Appalachian. The Blount County Board of Education accepted his resignation during last week’s meeting.

Chadwick, originally from Fort Payne, was hired last spring as the replacement for longtime Eagle head coach Ernie Willingham. He came to Appalachian from Clay-Chalkville Middle School where he had been head coach for two years. He also worked as an assistant coach at Clay-Chalkville High School during that time.

In his only year at Appalachian, Chadwick led the Eagles to a 5-5 record and a fourthplace finish in 1A Region 6. Appalachian qualified for the playoffs and played well on the road but lost 21-14 to Collinsville.

The job has already been posted and Appalachian principal Mark Hitt has begun the interview process.

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

•approved the calendar for the 2012-2013 school year.

•approved three field trip requests.

•contracted with Terri Bailey to provide homebound services to a Susan Moore Elementary second-grade student. The contract calls for service to end on April 27, 2012.

•contracted with Wendy McCollum to provide homebound services to a Locust Fork Elementary kindergarten student.

•approved the following non-compensated volunteers for the 2011-2012 school year: Mike Dee Duckett and James Alan Watson, Cleveland High; David Adam Byrum, Benjamin Chase Bailey, and Emily Elizabeth Waldrop, J.B. Pennington; Rafael Buenrostro and Vanessa Molina, Susan Moore High.

•amended the following contracts to increase the amount for tutoring services for students as per J.B. Pennington High’s credit recovery plan: Cathy Marsh – $25 per hour (not to exceed $2,300 plus fringe benefits); Renae Self – $25 per hour (not to exceed $5,600 plus fringe benefits).

•employed Rainbow Arnold and Stacy Arnold to work with Hayden High School dancers, color guard, and majorettes during the 2012 spring camp in preparation for try-outs. Each will be paid $375 from the school’s auxiliary account.

•adopted the entire list of state-adopted textbooks for mathematics.

•contracted with the State Department of Education to provide selected individuals to serve as members of a task force that will review content standards from the Alabama Mathematics Course of Study to develop the curriculum guide. The guide will provide additional support to teachers in implementing and teaching required core academic standards for students with disabilities. The contract is for the period of Feb. 6, 2012, through July 31, 2012.

•granted leaves of absence to two system employees.

•accepted the resignation of Hayden High custodian Louise McDowell.

Finally, the board contracted with the State Department of Education to provide grant funds in support of the social studies curriculum guides for higher functioning students with disabilities project. Sandy McElvey was selected as a curriculum writer and the contract is for the period of Feb. 1, 2012, through June 1, 2012.

Present at the March 5 meeting were Carr, board members Jackie Sivley, Craig Johnson, Gregg Armstrong, Bruce McAfee, and Chris Latta, assistant superintendent Rodney Green, board secretary Karla Latham, and several visitors.