Board approves FY 2020 budget, capital plan

Blount County Board of Education



After hearing chief financial officer Cindy Parker’s second presentation on the 2020 fiscal year budget, the Blount County Board of Education voted unanimously to approve it, along with the 2020 capital plan and Superintendent Rodney Green’s operating recommendations for September. (See charts at right for the 2020 budget and capital projects plan.) The board approved:

Field trips

• Appalachian Junior Honor Society – National Junior Honor Society Leadership Summit, Nashville, Oct. 6-7.

• Locust Fork Elementary sixth-grade students – Atlanta, Nov 1.

• Appalachian agriscience students – North Alabama Junior Beef Expo, Cullman, Nov. 22-23, and Auburn University FFA Steer and Heifer Show, Auburn, Dec. 6-8.

Agreements and contracts

• Blount County Board of Education with: Community Action Partnership of North Alabama to lease one classroom for Head Start services at Hayden Primary, Locust Fork Elementary, Blountsville Elementary, and Susan Moore Elementary from Aug. 13, 2019, to Aug. 13, 2024; Vonda Littleton, RN, and Vicki Reid, RN, to provide nursing services for students requiring medical care during extracurricular activities from Sept. 3, 2019, to Sept. 3, 2020; Mitchie Neel for consulting and administrative services from Oct. 1, 2019, to Sept. 30, 2020; Perfectly Polished for a leadership success class on Oct. 22; Stevie Long to provide 15 additional days of psychometry services from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020; Summer Sheridan to provide tutoring from Sept 1, 2019, to May 20, 2020; Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, contract No. AE0087JC14.

• Blountsville Elementary with Walsworth for 2020 yearbook publication; Debra Goble and Carol Hayes for tutoring during the 2019-2020 school year.

• Cleveland Elementary with Sierra Shadrix to provide intervention services during the 2019-2020 school year.

• Hayden Middle with Franklin Covey to provide Leader in Me support from Nov. 19, 2019, to Nov. 18, 2020.

• Hayden High with Keith Register to perform athletic administrative and summer program duties from Sept. 1, 2019, to Aug. 31, 2020; Sherman Murphree and Andrew McKinney to mow grass and provide general upkeep for the school campus from Sept. 1, 2019, to Aug. 31, 2020.

• Locust Fork Elementary with Landmark Tour and Travel to transport sixth-grade students to and from Atlanta on Nov. 1.

• Locust Fork High with Grindl Weldon to provide spring credit recovery from Jan 27, 2020, to March 20, 2020; Untether to provide six days of Google instruction and technology enhancement from Oct. 1, 2019, to April 30, 2020.


• allowing J.B. Pennington High to award their 2019-2020 copier rental bid to Sharp Business Systems of Vestavia.

• the list of non-compensated volunteers for the 2019-2020 school year.

• salary supplements for the 2019- 2020 school year – based on written requests from principals – for athletic coaches, cheerleader sponsors, band directors, and athletic field maintenance personnel; supplements based on the board-approved list and do not include supplements paid by local schools.


• Lisa Sites from school bus aide for the Blount County Learning Center to utility school bus driver for Blount County Schools, effective Sept. 10.

• Larry Boatright from full-time custodian at Locust Fork High to half-time custodian at Locust Fork Elementary and half-time custodian at Locust Fork High, effective Sept. 10.

• Darlena Richardson from halftime custodian at Locust Fork Elementary and half-time custodian at Locust Fork High to full-time custodian at Locust Fork High.


• the list of teacher and nurse substitutes dated Sept. 5, 2019.

• paying Amanda Johnson, Child Nutrition Program employee at Blountsville Elementary, the Child Nutrition Program manger’s rate of pay while completing managerial tasks, effective Aug. 22 and continuing until Sherry McCoy, Child Nutrition Program manager, returns to duty.

• granting a leave of absence to Cynthia Rogers, assistant principal at Locust Fork High, from Sept. 10 to Oct. 8.

• employing Chyenne Stone as a pre-K auxiliary teacher at Appalachian, effective Sept 27, contingent on background clearance through the Alabama State Department of Education.