Sivley named to board

Jackie Sivley

Jackie Sivley

Jackie Sivley, a long-time educator with the Blount County system, was appointed last week by the Blount County Board of Education to succeed Andy Neill as the representative for District 2. Neill was named to the Blount County Commission earlier this month to replace Robert Bullard, who died last year.

A graduate of J.B. Pennington High School and Auburn University, Sivley has taught for 32 years, including 29 in the Blount County system as teacher of family and consumer science, formerly home economics, at J.B. Pennington.

Sivley has done contract work at the Blount County Career Tech Center for the last five years in the teacher academy program, but her resignation from the system was approved at last week’s meeting.

She will be sworn in this Friday, Jan. 28, at 10 a.m. in the Blount County Board of Education boardroom.

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

hired Cynthia L. Rogers, longterm substitute teacher, Hayden Middle School; Tanya Adams, school bus aide, Blount County Learning Center; and Kimberlee Ryan, utility bus driver.

granted leaves of absence to teachers at Hayden Primary and Locust Fork High schools.

contracted with DeWon Farmer to serve as credit recovery supervisor at J.B. Pennington High from March 23 through May 14. He will be paid $20 per hour, not to exceed a total of $965, from the school’s local Title I funds.

contracted with Sneed B. Collard III to conduct author visits during Reading/Writing Celebration Week (March 14-16). He will receive $1200 per day for three presentations each plus travel reimbursement from Title I FY11, YAC FY11, and local school funds.

approved the following employees to provide instruction/supervision to students in the Blount County Night Credit Recovery Program ( Feb. 8 through April 28): Sara Hallman – tutoring/bookkeeper; Donna Hicks – math; Terri Hubauer – English; Conny Lowery – math; Glenn Puckett – social studies/administrator; and Christy Stidham. The hourly rate of pay for each will be based on student enrollment but no contract will exceed $ 25,000. Payment will come from night school tuition funds paid to the Blount County Career Technical Center.

allowed Locust Fork High to contract with Cline Tours Inc. to transport students to and from the Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery on May 20. The contract, not to exceed a total of $1243, will be paid from the school’s local funds.

approved a field-trip request from Hayden Middle School for 100 fifth-grade students to travel to Camp McDowell in Nauvoo May 16-18.

Finally, the board awarded the bid for LP gas to Allgas Inc. of Boaz for the period from Jan. 1, 2011, to Sept. 20, 2011. The bid is for $1.699 per gallon.

Present at the Jan. 21 special meeting were board members Gregg Armstrong, Craig Johnson, Bruce McAfee, and Chris Latta, Carr, assistant superintendent Rodney Green, board secretary Karla Latham, and several visitors.