The Blount County Board of Education accepted two retirements during last week’s called meeting.
William Rowdy Evatt, system technology coordinator, and J.B. Pennington teacher Jennifer J. Smith will retire before the end of the current school year.
Evatt’s retirement is effective May 1 while Smith will work through the month of March.
In other business, the board accepted the recommendation of Superintendent Jim Carr and:
•approved four field trips for the month of April. Two of the field trips to note – the Blount County High School Ambassadors will travel to Montgomery on April 30 and Southeastern’s fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade students will travel to Atlanta on May 15 to tour the World of Coke, Hard Rock Cafe, and the Atlanta Zoo.
•approved leaves of absence for three system employees.
•approved Stacy Arnold to work with the Hayden High band auxiliary this spring. She will be paid $375 from the school’s local funds.
•allowed Southeastern School to contract with Cline Tours Inc. to transport students to and from Montgomery on March 19. The contract will be paid from the school’s local funds.
•allowed Southeastern School to contract with Landmark Tour and Travel to transport students to and from Atlanta on May 15. The contract will be paid from the school’s local funds.
•allowed Southeastern School to contract with Heritage Gold and 2 Wolves DJ Service for the prom on April 18. The contract will be paid from the school’s local funds.
•allowed Hayden Middle School to contract with TruGreen for lawn maintenance. The contract will be paid from the school’s local funds.
•allowed Hayden Primary School to contract with Billy Richardson, a psychologist and behavior therapist with Milestones, to provide professional development to the faculty of Hayden Primary School on July 21. The contract will be paid from the school’s local funds.
•entered into a letter of agreement with Community Action Partnership of North Alabama Head Start Program to coordinate services to eligible preschool children for 2015 through 2020.
•amended the Blount County R.I.S.E. Preschool Program Guide.
•contracted with Megan Newman, Natalie Marcrum, Lindsay McIlroy, Deb Hill, Ben Dake, Hope Bice, Debra Goble, and Julia Wall to provide homebound services to system students.
Finally, the board awarded the Wireless Expansion Bid opened on March 13 to Howard Technologies. The bid is contingent on federal funding and a copy of the bid information is on file in the superintendent’s office.
Present at the March 18 meeting were Carr, board members Bruce McAfee, Chris Latta, Jackie Sivley, William Ferry, and Ken Benton, assistant superintendent Rodney Green, board secretary Karla Latham, and several visitors.