End-of-year personnel decisions begin

Retirement resignations from five system employees were accepted by the Blount County Board of Education during Monday’s meeting.

The retirement notices of Locust Fork Elementary teacher Charlotte Goble, Susan Moore High custodian Edward J. Tawbush, Blount County Learning Center bus aide Patricia D. Johnson, Hayden Primary teacher Linda J. Reid, and Susan Moore and J.B. Pennington counselor Teri Dunn were formally accepted by the board. The board also accepted the resignation of Susan Moore Elementary instructional aide Aleida Villegas.

In other personnel moves, the board granted leaves of absence to three system employees.

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

•contracted with Chris Cleveland Services to provide equipment, chemicals, and labor for mowing and wee control of wastewater lagoons, as needed, at Locust Fork, Southeastern, and Susan Moore schools. The contract, good from April 1, 2013, through March 31, 2014, calls for payment of $300 per lagoon per mowing and spraying.

•approved the Blount County Career Tech Center as host for the 2013 Summer School/Credit Recovery Program. The elementary session is June 10 – June 21 and the secondary session is June 10 – June 28. Elementary tuition is $175 while secondary tuition is $175 per half-credit (maximum of one credit per student). The pay scale was also approved: administrator/ test coordinator/counselor, $175 per day; teachers, $140 per day; nurse and bookkeeper, $100 per day; substitute teacher, $58 per day.

•approved the following personnel for summer school employment: Glenn Puckett, administrator; bookkeeper, Sara Hallman; nurse, Jennifer Chambers; test coordinator/counselor, Christy Stephens; elementary teacher, Gail Burgett; high school teachers, Conny Lowery (math 1), Kateland West (math 2), Caleb Salamone (math 3), Shane Richards (English), and Nancy Caffee (science 2).

•approved Blount County Career Tech Center as the host for the 2013 Summer School ACCESS Program for the period from June 3 through July 31. Johnny Pullen was approved as administrator and Glenn Puckett and Deanna Jones were approved as facilitators.

•approved 10 additional contract days for the summer for Cindy Williams to fulfill requirements for federal program activities for the 2013-2014 school year and for end-of-year reporting for the 2013 school year. She will be paid at her 2012-2013 daily rate from Title I FY2013 funds.

•approved 12 additional contract days during June for Greg Aderhold, building construction instructor at the Blount County Career Tech Center. He is installing cabinets in ACCESS labs at Hayden and Locust Fork High schools. He will be paid at his 2012-2013 daily rate from the general fund.

•approved Randy Cater as a non-compensated volunteer assistant football coach at Locust Fork High during the 2013-2014 school year.

•contracted with new football coaches Keith Register (Hayden), Chris Musso (Locust Fork), and Gardner Gilliland (Cleveland) to conduct spring training during the month of May. The total amount of each contract is not exceed $1,000.

•hired Patrick Hardiman as a long-term substitute teacher at Susan Moore Elementary.

•approved purchasing “Faithful Performance Blanket Bond” coverage from CNA Surety Company through Jim Murphree Insurance Agency, effective July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014.

•approved Calendar Draft A and Provisional Draft 1 as the 2013-2014 school calendar. The provisional calendar may only be implemented is the State Legislature provides relief from the Flexible School Calendar Act of 2012.

Finally, the board approved summer field trip requests from J.B. Pennington (cheerleaders to Panama City Camp, June 6-10), Cleveland (cheerleaders to UAB camp, June 11-14), and Appalachian (volleyball to Wallace State Camp, July 23-25).

Present at the April 1 meeting were Carr, board members Jackie Sivley, William Ferry, and Chris Latta, board secretary Karla Latham, and several visitors. Board members Bruce McAfee and Craig Johnson did not attend.