Board announces new principals, hires new teachers; new district logo unveiled

Blount County Board of Education

New logo for Blount County Schools

New logo for Blount County Schools

The Blount County Board of Education approved a major portion of its teaching personnel requirements for the coming 2018- 2019 school year in its Monday, June 4 meeting. Two new school heads were also announced: Steven Love as director of the Blount County Learning Center, effective July 23, and Tammy McMinn as principal of Susan Moore Elementary School, effective July 16.

Love transfers from the position of assistant principal at Locust Fork Elementary School. McMinn transfers from the position of assistant principal at Locust Fork High School.

Hiring of new teachers at schools throughout the district was approved, following discussion of several superintendent recommendations affecting the district. New hires are listed following the district-wide matters discussed at the beginning of the meeting. Approved were the following superintendent’s recommendations:

• The board agreed to close the J.B. Pennington High School restoration checking account. The proceeds of the account, including both community and alumni donations, totaling nearly $100,000, will be used to replace flooring in the high school with new durable, no-wax flooring.

• The new salary schedule and the 2.5 percent state pay increase for all district employees were approved. The salary schedule is effective July 1. Employees will receive the pay increase beginning with the first day of their 2018-2019 scholastic work year.

• Late in the meeting, following early discussion, the board voted to approve the new Blount County Schools district logo. The logo, proposed by the strategic planning and branding team charged with its development, will be introduced and widely displayed on school materials as a branding device throughout the district. The logo features a motto based on the letters BCS for Blount County Schools: Build/Create/Succeed, representing prime values of the system. The dominant image of the logo is an open book, its eight pages representing the seven county school campus communities plus the district office. New teaching hires

Approved for employment by the board were the following new teachers:

• Kimberly Goodwin as literacy instructional coach for Blount County Schools, beginning July 2

• Glenda Katlyn Kon Burley as a special education/collaborative teacher at the Blount County Learning Center, beginning Aug. 6

• Lisa B. Kennamer as a K-12 special education/collaborative teacher at the Blount County Learning Center, beginning Aug. 6

• Christine Hunt as a health science/ sports medicine instructor at the Blount County Career Technical Center beginning July 30, contingent on background clearance by the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) and issuance of an active Alabama license in athletic trainer training

• Amy Daniel as a mathematics teacher at Cleveland High School, beginning Aug. 6

• Wendy Holmes as a general science teacher at Cleveland High School, beginning Aug. 6

• Anthony Pace as a special education/ collaborative teacher at Cleveland High School, beginning Aug. 6, contingent upon certification by ALSDE

• Lori Albright as a child nutrition employee at Hayden Elementary School beginning Aug. 2, contingent on background clearance by ALSDE.

• Charles Kirksey Longshore as a general science teacher at Hayden Middle School, beginning Aug. 6

• Tammy Lang as a child nutrition employee at Hayden High School, beginning Aug. 2.

• Brandi Nicole McGee as assistant principal at Hayden High School, beginning July 23

• Eryn Chandler Maze as a special education/ collaborative teacher at Hayden High School, beginning Aug. 6, contingent on certification by ALSDE.

• Jamie Ben-Judah as a Title 1/special education aide at Locust Fork Elementary School, beginning Aug. 8

• John Jordan Harrison as band director at Locust Fork High School, beginning Aug. 6

• Brian Kyle Cannon as an English language arts teacher at Southeastern School, beginning Aug. 6

• Melissa Presley as an elementary teacher at Southeastern School, beginning Aug. 6

• William Joshua Taylor as a social studies teacher at Southeastern School, beginning Aug. 6

• Meghan King as career coach for Blount County Schools, beginning July 23

• Sherry Girard as a math teacher at Southeastern School, beginning Aug. 6 Transfers

• Dennis Kevin Dunn from utility school bus driver to school bus driver for Blountsville schools, beginning Aug. 8

• Michael Hart from utility school bus driver to school bus driver for the Blount County Learning Center, beginning Aug. 8

• Bobby Williams from utility school bus driver to school bus driver for Hayden schools, beginning Aug. 8

• Stephanie Holland from special education aide at Locust Fork Elementary School to bookkeeper at Locust Fork Elementary School, beginning July 23

• Cheryl Kelley from math teacher at Southeastern School to math teacher at Locust Fork High School, beginning Aug. 6

• Susan Price from special education aide at Hayden Elementary School to special education aide at Hayden Middle School, beginning Aug. 8

• Melissa Bridges from school bus driver to custodian at Hayden Elementary School, effective June 5 Resignations/leaves of absence

• William Ladd Cox, diesel mechanic/ technician, effective June 4

• Brian Perkins, school bus driver for Blountsville schools, effective May 25

• Hope Bice, Hayden Middle School teacher, effective at the end of the current school year

• medical leaves of absence covering the following dates: Aug 1 to Sept. 12; April 16 to May 15; May 7 to Oct. 10; April 25 to May 25 Other approved recommendations

• paying for A+ College Ready exam fees for Locust Fork High School, to be reimbursed from various agencies and fees

• the following six student trips: Southeastern School varsity cheerleaders to cheer camp at UAB in Birmingham, June 7-10; Southeastern School softball team to camp at UAH in Huntsville, June 12-13; Cleveland High School varsity boys basketball team to camp at Birmingham Southern College in Birmingham, June 20-21; Southeastern High School varsity boys basketball team to camp at Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, June 20-21; J.B. Pennington High School junior high cheerleaders to cheer camp at University of North Alabama in Florence, June 25-27; J. B. Pennington High School varsity cheerleaders to cheer camp at Auburn University, July 9-12;

• allow Southeastern School to contract with Herff Jones for 2019 elementary and high school yearbooks and senior magazine, to be paid from local school funds

• allow Susan Moore School to contract with Herff Jones for 2019 yearbooks, to be paid from local school funds

• employ Bailey Boak and Seth Wadsworth as summer workers on as-needed basis to assist with maintenance and moving classroom materials at Southeastern School, supervised by the principal and paid from local school funds

• pay Rebecca Alexander and Tammy Thigpen to work up to fifteen additional days this summer to assist with inventory and implementation of Chromebooks and other technology in local schools

• pay information system specialist Vicki Wallis for up to 10 additional days this summer to assist with Locust Fork High School scheduling and preparation for the coming school year, to be paid at her daily rate from local school funds

• pay Amy Gunn to work as needed to monitor students attending summer school at Southeastern School, paid from local school and/or at-risk funds

• allow Locust Fork High School to contract with Grindl C. Weldon for summer school instruction at the school from June 4-8, paid from local school funds

• allow Locust Fork High School to contract with Grindl C. Weldon for summer school instruction/ACCESS facilitation at the school from June 4 to June 27, paid from local school funds

• enter into contract between Blount County Board of Education and Julianna McDaniel for extended school services for four Hayden Elementary School students this summer at $25 per hour, paid from IDEA Part B and/or general funds

• enter into contract between Blount County Board of Education and Mendy B. King to provide extended school services for Hayden Primary School students this summer at $25 per hour, paid from IDEA Part B and/or general funds.

• enter into contract between Blount County Board of Education and Dr. Rhonda Poling to provide counseling to students referred by schools and/or the county school social worker for individual sessions for the period May 15 to Sept. 30

• allow Southeastern School Booster Club to borrow $100,000 from Home- Town Bank to build a field house and purchase equipment, including a lawn mower, to be repaid with a fixed-rate 15- year note; line of credit approved Feb. 7 did not open and was not drawn upon.