by Rob Rice
The Blount County Board of Education approved the hiring last week of Terri Tipton as the new assistant principal at Hayden Middle School.
Tipton, a graduate of Pinson Valley High School, has 17 years of experience as an assistant principal and instructional coach. She replaces Kim Harbison, who was named principal of Hayden Primary School earlier this year.
In other business, the board acted on the recommendation of Supt. Jim Carr and:
•approved a field trip request allowing 25 students attending the Blount County Education Foundation’s Summer Law Camp to visit the Blount County Correctional Facility on July 20.
•entered into a clinical agreement with Wallace State Community College. The agreement begins on Aug. 5 and remains in effect until either party terminates participation.
•extended the Child Nutrition Program (CNP) contract with JanPak for paper products through May 31, 2014. The prices will remain the same.
•extended the CNP contract with AutoChlor for chemicals through May 31, 2014. The prices will remain the same.
•awarded the smallwares food service equipment bid of $10,222.23 to Birmingham Restaurant Supply for the 2013- 2014 school year.
•accepted the resignations of Susan Moore High teacher Wesley Harden and Hayden High teacher Steven W. Kerby.
•hired Jeffrey Durham, math teacher, Appalachian; Andrew Parker Nelson, agriscience teacher, and Leigh Howard, CNP employee, Locust Fork High; Bethany Manoske, science teacher, Hayden High; Joyce Hodges, special education aide, Cleveland Elementary; Greg Gober, math teacher, Mindy Sparkman, bus driver, Southeastern; Jeffery Morgan, special education teacher, J.B. Pennington; Mallory Edmondson and Danielle Day Thomas, teachers, Hayden Middle; and Garry Adams, bus aide, Blount County Learning Center. The board also hired Jacob Sandlin as a utility bus driver.
•transferred Appalachian Child Nutrition Program manager Kim Moore to the position of instructional/physical education/ACCESS aide at Southeastern.
•transferred English teacher Melissa Bush from Cleveland High to Susan Moore High.
•transferred Hayden Elementary special education aide Kelly Moon to a teaching position at the school.
•entered into a general facilities-use agreement with Alliance Tae Kwon Do, LLP/Lynn Harris and Thomas Tolbert, effective July 1. The agreement may be terminated by either party upon 60-day written notice.
Finally, the board transferred Phillip Hazelrig from a central office administrative position to the position of human resources coordinator.
Present at the July 8 meeting were Carr, board members Bruce McAfee, Chris Latta, Jackie Sivley, Craig Johnson, and William Ferry, assistant superintendent Rodney Green, board secretary Karla Latham, and several visitors.