New assistant principals named

The Blount County Board of Education filled assistant principal openings by transferring teachers during last week’s meeting.

Steven Bryson was transferred from a teaching position at J.B. Pennington to assistant principal. Bryson, a long-time teacher and coach at the school, will work under new principal Brian Kirk. Kirk had previously been assistant principal at Hayden High School.

Replacing Kirk will be Hayden Middle School teacher Christopher D. Lakey, whose transfer was also approved by the board.

Appalachian teacher and coach Jonathan Cleveland was transferred to Susan Moore High School where he will work under Chris Pullen. Pullen, who was assistant principal at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year and became interim principal halfway through the year, was named principal last month.

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

•approved handbooks for Blountsville Elementary, Hayden Elementary, and J.B. Pennington High. The board also approved the system’s 2012-2013 Parent-Student Handbook and Student Code of Conduct.

•canceled the contract with Magic City Roofing, effective immediately.

•approved $500 payment to Willis Agency Inc. for financial officer Marcena Bryson’s bond.

•approved $11,500 payment for membership fees in the 2012-2013 Alabama Association of School Boards.

•approved $250 payment to the Alabama Association of School Boards Legal Assistance Fund for the 2012-2013 school year.

•extended the Child Nutrition Program contract with Flowers Baking Company for bread products for the period Aug. 13, 2012, through May 31, 2013. The prices will remain the same as the previous contract period.

•entered into a contract with Pediatric Therapy Associates Inc. to provide physical therapy services for the 2012- 2013 school year. The contract provides for payment of $72 per hour for services rendered including travel time. A copy of the contract is on file in the superintendent’s office.

•allowed Hayden High School to enter into a salary supplement contract with head football coach Steven Kerby for the 2012-2013 school year. The $10,000 supplement and all associated benefits will be paid from Hayden High School Athletic Booster Club funds. A copy of the contract is on file in the superintendent’s office.

•agreed to pay a $1,500 stipend to technology consultants Lisa Whittington (Appalachian), Christy Stephens (Blount County Career Tech Center), Courtney Whitehead (Blountsville Elementary), Angela Beasley (Cleveland Elementary), Tammy Thigpen (Cleveland High), Jennifer Grooms (Hayden Primary), Monica Moorer (Hayden Elementary), Lynda Wilder (Hayden Middle), Casondra Edwards (Hayden High), Wendi Latta (Locust Fork High), Tim Clevenger (Locust Fork High), Greg Neill (J.B. Pennington), Marla Hitt (Southeastern), Jill Mann (Susan Moore Elementary), and Katrina Jennings (Susan Moore High). The stipends will be paid from Title II FY2013 funds.

•accepted the resignation of Appalachian family and consumer science teacher Amelia Burke.

•rescinded the action to employ Matthew Norris as a science teacher at Hayden High (action was taken at the June 15 meeting).

•hired Crystal Aycock, special education aide, Blount County Learning Center; Vickie Davis, assistant site director, Hayden Elementary Extended-Day Program; Larry Ray McKeever, 11-month custodian; Marla Hitt, site director, Hayden Elementary Extended-Day Program; Leslie Michelle Melvin, Child Nutrition Program employee, Hayden High; James D. Putman, 11-month custodian, Blount County Resource Center, Bus Shop, and Alternative School; Kaitlin Welborn, special education aide, Hayden Primary; Tracy Bond, speech language pathologist; Letha Dawn Hardeman, teacher, Cleveland Elementary; Kyle J. Kilgore, special education teacher, Southeastern; Ashley Lawson, EL teacher, Cleveland Elementary; Ashley Pruitt, English language arts teacher, Locust Fork High; Patrick Keith Roszell, band director, Susan Moore High; Kassie Holmes Smith, secondary science/social science teacher, Blount County Career Tech Center; Angelia Craft, utility bus driver; Debra Hurst, bus driver, J.B. Pennington High; and Stacey Standridge, bus aide, Blount County Learning Center.

•granted tenure to teachers Letha Dawn Hardeman and Kassie Holmes Smith.

•transferred bus driver Troy Wayne Guin to Southeastern School and bus driver Russell Murphree from Southeastern to Cleveland schools.

•extended the contract of Jodie Jacobs to 12 months to assume the duties of graduation coach.

•contracted with guidance counselors Cilia Smith and Christy Stidham to administer the Alabama High School Graduation Exam this summer. Each will be paid at a rate of $20 per hour.

•allowed the Cleveland High volleyball team to host a camp July 24-25. The cost of $130 per participant will be paid from the team’s account.

•allowed the Cleveland High varsity cheerleaders to host a chicken and dressing dinner on July 22 in the school cafeteria. Proceeds from the dinner will go to the cheerleader account and Betty Hock and Linda Robertson will volunteer their time to help with the event.

Finally, the board agreed to allow the Cleveland High School Band Booster Club to secure a line of credit – not to exceed $25,000 – to make renovations to the football field concession stand. The club will be responsible for repayment of the credit line.

Attending the July 9 meeting were board members Gregg Armstrong, Craig Johnson, Chris Latta, Bruce McAfee, and Jackie Sivley, Carr, assistant superintendent Rodney Green, board secretary Karla Latham, and several visitors.

The next board meeting will be Monday, July 23, at 3 p.m. with a work session to follow the called meeting.