Board approves resolution supporting national motto; five-year capital plan

Blount County Board of Education

School board memorializes approval of “In God We Trust” resolution, permitting display of national motto in Blount County Schools classrooms. From left: president Chris Latta, Jackie Sivley, Superintendent Rodney Green, District 34 Rep. David Standridge, Bruce McAfee, William Ferry, Ken Benton.

School board memorializes approval of “In God We Trust” resolution, permitting display of national motto in Blount County Schools classrooms. From left: president Chris Latta, Jackie Sivley, Superintendent Rodney Green, District 34 Rep. David Standridge, Bruce McAfee, William Ferry, Ken Benton.

At its regular business meeting last week, the Blount County Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution supporting display of the national motto “In God We Trust” in the classrooms of Blount County Schools. The Alabama Legislature passed the law in its 2018 term, to take effect in July. District 34 Rep. David Standridge of Hayden, representing much of Blount County, sponsored the bill with District 11 Rep. Randall Shedd, and District 27 Rep. Will Ainsworth co-sponsoring.

After stating its support, the resolution continues: “Teachers may elect to display the national motto; however, display of the motto will not be mandated in Blount County Schools.”

The resolution concludes: “NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that as long as Ala. Act No. 2018-272 is the law of Alabama, the Blount County Board of Education will support (its) display…while remaining sensitive to First Amendment constraints that apply to public school employees.”

The board also unanimously approved the system’s $16,650,000 five-year capital projects plan.

Other business

In remaining business, the board approved Superintendent Rodney Green’s recommendations for school operation. It approved:

• the Work-Based Learning Manual (Cooperative Education Manual) for the Blount County Career Technical Center.

• the following policies for the Blount County Career Technical Center: Live Work Policy for Blount County Schools and Blount County Safety Policy.

• the following field trips: Locust Fork Elementary School’s sixth-grade students to go to World of Coke, CNN Studios, Georgia Aquarium, and Hard Rock Cafe in Atlanta, Nov. 8, and Locust Fork Elementary School’s fifth-grade students to go to Camp Cosby, Alpine, Alabama, March 20-22, 2019.

• entering into a Renaissance STAR Assessment Data memorandum of agreement with the Public Affairs Research Counsel of Alabama; copy on file in the superintendent’s office.

• contracting with Ida Burton to provide translation services for Blount County Schools as needed beginning Oct. 1, 2018, and ending Sept. 30, 2019.

• contracting with Alabama Best Practices center to provide a one-day professional learning session to seventh- and eighth-grade teachers on Sept. 17.

Supplements

• paying salary supplements for the 2018-2019 school year based on written requests from principals for athletic coaches, cheerleader sponsors, band directors, and workers maintaining athletic fields during the summer (does not include supplements paid from local school funds).

• paying the following annual supplements for the 2018-2019 school year from local funds, as requested by principals: Appalachian School – Crystal Sharp, junior varsity volleyball coach, $1,035; Cleveland High School – Rebecca Maniscalco, school yearbook/website, $1,200; Hayden High School – Keith Akers, Andrew McKinney, and Sherman Murphree, mowing grass/campus upkeep, $500 each; Keith Register, athletic duties/summer program, $7,000; Susan Moore High School – Amy Hill, yearbook sponsor, $800, Joshua Price, junior high football coach, $1,768, Farrell Walker, C2C administrator, $1,500 Activities

• allowing Cleveland High School to host an elementary cheer camp after school hours Sept. 4 through Sept. 6, and purchase a Gravely lawnmower for the football program at a cost of $10,019.37, with specified financing.

• allowing Cleveland High School to contract with: Lauren Faulkner to work with the auxiliary team beginning Oct. 1, 2018 and ending Sept. 30, 2019, to be paid from Band Booster Club funds; Betty Hock and Linda Robertson to prepare pregame meals for the varsity football team on game days during the 2018-2019 school year, to be paid from school’s football activity account; Universal Sound/Scott Adams to plan music at the 2018-2019 prom, to be paid from school’s junior class account.

• allowing Hayden Elementary School to contract with Birmingham Charter Services LLC to transport fourth-grade students to and from Montgomery on Oct. 12 and Nov. 2., to be paid from school’s local funds, and enter into agreement with Herff Jones to publish 2018-2019 yearbooks, to be paid from school’s local funds.

• allowing Hayden High School to contract with Emily Smith to serve as a woodwind instructor for the school’s marching band, to be paid from school’s local funds.

• allowing J.B. Pennington High School to contract with Skylar McHan to write the drill for the school’s high school band marching season, to be paid from the school’s local funds; to host a girls’ K-11 volleyball camp in the gym after school on Sept. 5, 12, and 19; to contract with Jamie Medlock for 2018 majorette line instruction, to be paid from school’s band account, Heather Gaylor to serve as majorette/guard sponsor and Amanda Darnell to serve as the colorguard clinician from Sept. 7, 2018, to Nov. 16, both to be paid from school’s band booster funds.

• allowing Locust Fork Elementary School to contract with Landmark Tour & Travel LLC to transport sixth-grade students to and from Atlanta on Nov. 8, to be paid from school’s local funds.

• allowing Locust Fork High School to contract with: Hannah Bradford to operate the Snack Shack beginning Aug. 9, 2018, and ending May 20, 2019, to be paid from school’s local funds; Wendy Oden for concession stand supervision for the 2018-2019 football season, to be paid from school’s athletic booster club funds; Randy Coleman to announce football games during the 2018-2019 football season, to be paid from school’s athletic booster club funds; Adam Edwards to film regular season football games beginning Aug. 24 and ending Oct. 26, to be paid from school’s football funds.

• allowing Locust Fork High School to enter agreement with Stack Sports for access to Krossover software, to be paid from the school’s local funds.

Instruction/transportation/training

• allowing Locust Fork High School to contract with Caleb Garrison to provide percussion instruction to the band for the 2018-2019 marching season, to be paid from the school’s band funds.

• allowing Southeastern School to enter agreement with Vulcan Park and Museum to host the 2019 prom, to be paid from school’s local funds, and Platinum Entertainment to provide music for the 2019 prom, to be paid from school’s local funds.

• allowing Southeastern School to contract with: Michelle Lawless to provide after-school music instruction beginning Aug. 9 and ending Sept. 30, and beginning Oct. 1, 2018, and ending May 23, 2019, to be paid from school’s Title I FY2018 funds; Michael Gillespie to provide music instruction beginning Aug. 12 and ending Sept. 30, and Oct. 1, 2018, and ending Sept. 30, 2019, to be paid from school’s Title I FY 2018 funds;

• allowing Susan More High School to host a “Mini Me” cheerleader camp after school one day a week beginning Sept. 3 and ending Oct. 15.

• allowing the Blount County Learning Center to contract with Karen Freeman for five days of staff training beginning Aug. 29 and ending Sept. 12, to be paid from the school’s local funds.

• entering a contract between Blount County Board of Education (BCBOE) and Rachel Lay to provide transportation to and from Blountsville Elementary School beginning Aug. 9, 2018, and ending May 25, 2019, to be paid from general funds.

• entering a contract between BCBOE and Alabama Pediatric Therapy Services to provide 20 speech therapy sessions beginning Aug. 1, 2018, and ending Aug. 1, 2019, to be paid from IDEA Part B and/or general funds.

• entering a contract between BCBOE and Sara Martin to provide homebound instruction for a Blount County Learning Center student beginning Aug. 9 and ending Dec. 21, to be paid from IDEA Part B and/or general funds.

• entering contracts between BCBOE and Linda Tidwell to provide homebound instruction for: a Hayden High School student during the first semester of the 2018-2019 school year, and a Cleveland High School student beginning Aug. 27 and ending Oct. 1.

• entering a contract between BCBOE and Sharon Vice to provide homebound instruction to a Cleveland Elementary School student beginning Sept. 4 and ending upon physician’s release to return to school or May 23, 2019, whichever is first.

Medical leaves

• granting medical leaves of absence to: a school bus driver for Southeastern School beginning Aug. 9 and ending upon physician’s release to return to work or Sept. 5, whichever is first; a school bus driver for the Blount County Learning Center, beginning Aug. 22 and ending Sept. 17; a teacher at Blount County Learning Center beginning Sept. 27 and ending Nov. 9; a school bus driver for the Blount County Learning Center beginning Aug. 9 and ending Aug. 27; a teacher at Blountsville Elementary School beginning Oct. 4 and ending Nov. 29; an employee at Hayden Primary School beginning July 23 and ending Aug. 27; a special education aide at Blount County Learning Center beginning Aug. 21 and ending Oct. 16; a school bus driver for Susan Moore schools beginning Aug. 21 and ending upon physician’s release to return to work or Oct. 2, whichever is first; an employee at Blount County Career Technical Center beginning Aug. 29 and ending Oct. 1; and a school bus driver for Appalachian School beginning Aug. 16 and ending upon physician’s release to return to work or Nov. 9, whichever is first.

• granting a medical/family medical leave of absence to a teacher at Hayden Middle School beginning Aug. 9 and ending upon physician’s release to return to work or Nov. 30, whichever is first.

Resignations/hires/transfers

• accepting retirement resignations of: Janet Lake, federal programs bookkeeper, effective Oct. 1; Wendy Nesbitt, child nutrition program employee at Southeastern School, effective Oct. 1.

• accepting resignations of: Dena Nicole Lee, special education aide at Hayden High School, effective at the end of the 2018-2019 school year; and Denise Smith, school bus aide at the Blount County Learning Center, effective Aug. 6.

• employing: Charlene Renae Downs as long-term substitute teacher for Anna Price, a teacher at Blountsville Elementary School, beginning on or about Aug. 23 and continuing through Oct. 4; Kathi Glaze as a school bus aide for the Blount County Learning Center beginning Sept. 5; Heather Washburn as a school bus aide for the Blount County Learning Center beginning Aug. 9; Samantha Chamblee as a child nutrition program employee at J.B. Pennington High School beginning Sept. 4; and Michael Gillespie as a long-term substitute for Hannah Chapman, a teacher at Southeastern School beginning Sept. 4.

• transferring: Becky Hicks, central office receptionist to federal programs bookkeeper at the central office effective Oct. 1; and Joyce Hodges from special education aide at Cleveland Elementary School to special education aide at Cleveland High School effective Aug. 8.

Other

• three individuals to serve as substitute school nurses for the 2018-2019 school year: Brooke Gospodareck, RN; Linda Underwood, RN; and Jan Sanderson, RN.

• a list of six names to serve as substitute teachers during the 2018-2019 school year: Tammy Dobbins, Lauren Hamm, Shaynon McGahee, Rebeka Naylor, George Moore Jr., and Lauren Tate.

• a list of 12 names to be contracted to provide nursing services for students requiring medical care during extracurricular activities.

• a list of 80 names, broken down by the seven county high schools, to serve as non-compensated volunteers during the 2018-2019 school year.

• payment of $3,888 for BCBOE’s 2018-2019 contribution to the Alabama Trust for Boards of Education fund.