Blount County Board of Education

Mid-year personnel actions dominate agenda

The Blount County Board of Education made several personnel moves during its regular meeting, held on Jan. 3.

Among those actions taken was the replacement of Kirk Ingram as Susan Moore High’s track coach. His place will be taken by Natasha Smallwood.

In other personnel actions, the board:

accepted the resignations of J.B. Pennington teacher Ashley Jordan and Locust Fork bus drivers Mary Darlene Smith (retirement) and David Allcorn.

transferred school bus aide Jim Freeman to the position of bus driver for Locust Fork schools.

transferred utility bus driver Timothy Whitley to the position of bus driver for Locust Fork schools.

hired Stefanie Weston as long-term substitute teacher at Appalachian School.

hired Karla Thomas as Child Nutrition Program employee at Cleveland High.

hired Hailey Holt as caregiver aide for Hayden Elementary extended-day program.

approved Adam Wayne Thomas as non-compensated volunteer at Cleveland High for the 2010-2011 school year.

In other business, the board allowed Locust Fork Elementary to contract with Walsworth for publication of the 2012 yearbook. The contract, not to exceed $5167, will be paid from the school’s local funds.

The board also allowed Hayden Middle School to contract with Adventure Bus Charter & Tours to transport students to and from Montgomery on April 27 and 28. Each day’s contract is not to exceed $3800 and will be paid from the school’s local funds.

The board contracted with Sharon Smith and Christy Stidham to develop lessons for middle school grades’ technology. Each will be paid $1000 plus fringe benefits from Title II FY2011 funds.

A pair of students were allowed to transfer to the Jefferson County school system during the current school year with the stipulation that the Blount County Board of Education will not assume any liability in relation to the releases.

The board contracted with Vergil England and DeWon Farmer to provide homebound services to students through the end of the current school year. Each will be paid $20 per hour plus travel reimbursement from special education and/or general funds. The total amount of each contract is not to exceed $2000.

Locust Fork Elementary was allowed to to enter into an agreement with Michael Johnson to present a pair of “Science, a Touch of Magic” assemblies on April 21. His payment, which is not to exceed $650, will come from the school’s local funds.

Finally, the board approved a field trip request from Hayden High allowing 100 members of the school’s concert band to go to Six Flags on May 13 and 14.

Present at the board’s Jan. 3 meeting were board members Andy Neill, Gregg Armstrong, Bruce McAfee, Chris Latta, and Craig Johnson, Supt. Jim Carr, assistant superintendent Rodney Green, board secretary Karla Latham, system employees, and several visitors.