Personnel decisions dominate agenda

One administrative position and several teaching openings were filled last week during a special meeting of the Blount County Board of Education.

Southeastern School, which is transitioning to a high school, will now have an assistant principal. Glenn Puckett, formerly the graduation coach of the career focus program at the Blount County Career Technical Center, is the school’s new assistant principal.

The board also approved the transfer of Southeastern principal Mike Peoples from an 11-month contract to a 12-month contract. All other high school principals in the system are on 12-month contracts.

The board’s personnel moves were made at the recommendation of Supt. Jim Carr:

Transfers were approved for:

•special education aide Vicki Herndon to Child Nutrition Program employee, Blountsville Elementary.

•custodian Cynthia Walker to Child Nutrition Program employee, Hayden Elementary.

•teacher Sarah Chrisla Puckett to guidance counselor, Cleveland Elementary.

•band director Cilia Renea Smith to guidance counselor, Susan Moore High.

•Appalachian teacher Rosa D. Noles to math teacher, Blount County Career Technical Center.

•career focus program teacher Christy A. Stephens to guidance counselor, Blount County Career Technical Center.

•special education teacher Kimberly Smith to elementary teacher, Southeastern School.

•teacher Grindl C. Weldon to library/media specialist, Locust Fork High.

•bus driver Jeffery Lee from Locust Fork schools to Blountsville schools.

•Blount County Learning Center bus aide Diana Love to bus driver for Susan Moore schools.

•bus driver Scott Sandlin from Cleveland schools to Blountsville schools.

•Blount County Learning Center bus aide Diana Sullivan to bus driver for Southeastern School.

•utility bus driver Cecilia West to Southeastern School.

•utility bus driver Hugh A. Thomas to Locust Fork schools.

•bus driver Rebecca Wiggins from Southeastern School to Appalachian School.

In other personnel moves, the board approved the following new employees:

•Shelli R. Simmons, parent involvement specialist and extended-day coordinator.

•Tammy Williams, Child Nutrition Program employee, Cleveland High.

•Steven Narrell, 11-month custodian, J.B. Pennington High.

•Melissa Lewis, 11-month custodian, Southeastern School.

•James Wesley McKinney, math teacher, Appalachian School.

•Melissa Sullivan, teacher, Blountsville Elementary.

•Keith Shadinger, physical education teacher, Cleveland Elementary.

•Heather Bullard, English/language arts, Cleveland High.

•Thomas R. Duke, band director, Cleveland High.

•Gregory Rodgers, social science teacher, Cleveland High.

•Matthew Wester, math teacher, Cleveland High.

•Michelle Frye, teacher, Hayden Elementary.

•Kelly Marsh Winnett, teacher, Hayden Middle.

•Sherman Matthew Murphree, social science teacher, Hayden High.

•William Matthew Norris, science teacher, Hayden High.

•Shannon Hollingsworth, teacher, Locust Fork Elementary.

•Drew W. Barnett, physical education teacher, Locust Fork High.

•Johnathan Beard, physical education teacher, Southeastern School.

•Bryon Chapman, secondary science teacher, Southeastern School.

•Tammy Schatz, secondary math teacher, Southeastern School.

•Lisa Wells-Wall, elementary teacher, Southeastern School.

•Tai Everett Hutchens, teacher, Susan Moore Elementary.

•Julie Robertson Manning, teacher, Susan Moore Elementary.

•Sonja Bryan Shivers, special education teacher, Susan Moore Elementary.

•Elizabeth Ashley Shoeybipour, special education teacher, Susan Moore Elementary.

•Adam Randall Edmondson, agri-science teacher, Susan Moore High.

•Caleb Wayne Longshore, social science teacher, Susan Moore High.

•Kelli Renae Miller, library media specialist, Susan Moore High.

•Stephanie Dawn Prichard, English teacher, Susan Moore High.

•Mary Brittany Purpura, family and consumer science teacher, Susan Moore High.

In other business, the board:

•entered into a public works contract with Terrell Enterprises to provide labor and materials to install an interlocking suspended synthetic modular tile floor system in the Blountsville Elementary School gym. Total amount of the contract is not to exceed $26,780.

•contracted with Steve Narrell to provide up to 15 days of custodial duties at J.B. Pennington High from June 8 through July 17.

•agreed to pay $125 per day stipends to high school economics teachers Darlene J. Driggers, Charles K. Longshore, Randyal Steven Morton, Donald W. Taylor, William M. Smitherman, John Smallwood, and Caleb W. Longshore for work in July to develop the Online Experience for Financial Literacy. The contracts, not to exceed $250, will by paid from Title II funds.

•contracted with Christy Massey, RN, to provide nursing services for students during extracurricular activities for the period from June 7 through Aug. 20. She will be paid $25 per hour.

•allowed Blountsville Elementary to contract with Phillip Barnett to paint and complete additional projects in the school’s gym. He will be paid $3,443 from the school’s local funds.

•contracted with Chris Puckett to provide reading assistance/intervention to struggling students during summer school. She will be paid $25 per hour for eight days of instruction from FY2012 At-Risk funds, not to exceed $1,200.

•allowed Lee Bullard to work up to five additional days this summer to complete scheduling for the upcoming school year. She will be paid at her 2011-2012 daily rate from the school’s local funds.

•paid $350 to Willis Agency Inc. for assistant superintendent Rodney Green’s bond renewal for the period from July 7, 2012, through July 6, 2013.

•approved field trip requests from Hayden and Cleveland high schools girls basketball teams for travel to summer camp this month.

Finally, the board approved the 2012-2013 school handbooks for Appalachian School, Blount County Learning Center, Cleveland Elementary, Cleveland High, Locust Fork Elementary, Locust Fork High, Susan Moore Elementary, and Susan Moore High.

Present at the June 15 meeting were board members Gregg Armstrong, Chris Latta, and Jackie Sivley, Carr, Green, board secretary Karla Latham, and several visitors.