Board chooses new principal; handles regular business

Blount County Board of Education

The Blount County Board of Education voted Wednesday to transfer Brannon Glenn Smith from his position as assistant principal at Hayden High School to principal of Cleveland High School, effective July 1.

Smith has served as teacher, coach, and administrator for Blount County Schools for 19 years, including the four-year assignment at Hayden as assistant principal, four years as a teacher at Southeastern, and 11 years as a teacher and coach at Locust Fork. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a master’s in education administration from Jacksonville State University. He has two children who attend Blount County Schools.

The board approved Superintendent Rodney Green’s operating recommendations for the period. It approved: Agreements/contracts

• Hayden High’s contract with Terry Purdy to input grades, report cards, and end-of-year procedures performed by the information systems specialist covering the period May 18 through May 22.

• extending BOE contract with Tim Nabors through June 17, with no adjustment to “not to exceed” limit. Retirement resignations

• Gregory Aderhold, building construction instructor at the Blount County Career Technical Center, effective July 1.

• Nancy Bradford, teacher, and Peggy Wood, Child Nutrition Program employee, at Blountsville Elementary, effective June 1. Other resignations (effective end of school year)

• Amanda Gladden, special education aide, and Kara Green, kindergarten teacher, Appalachian.

• John Michael Lauderdale, school bus aide, Blount County Learning Center.

• Anthony Pace, special education teacher, Cleveland High.

• Elyssa Smith, elementary teacher, Southeastern.

• Paris Whitaker, teacher, Hayden Primary. Transfers

• Amanda Lewis from teacher at Susan Moore Elementary to reading coach for Blount County Schools, beginning 2020-2021 school year.

• Julie Manning from teacher at Susan Moore Elementary to teacher at Hayden Primary, beginning 2020- 2021 school year. Employment (beginning 2020-2021 school year)

• Stephanie Arnold, Brenda Helms, and Leslie Jones, Child Nutrition Program employees, Blountsville Elementary.

• Crystal Eller, special education aide, Southeastern.

• Daniel Lamar Hudson, physical education aide, Locust Fork Elementary.

• Katye A. Arnold, special education teacher at Susan Moore Elementary.

• Jennifer Craiger, teacher at Hayden Primary.

• Samuel David Crane, science teacher, and Carrie Holmes, special education teacher, at Hayden High.

• Melia Faulkner, teacher at Hayden Elementary.

• Payton Gilliland, science teacher at Cleveland High, contingent upon certification.

• Abbie Latta, teacher at Cleveland Elementary. Other

• allowing students to transfer to specified school systems during the 2020-2021 school year with the stipulation that the BCBOE assumes no liability with respect to the release.

• payment of annual bonds for superintendent and chief school financial officer, blanket bond for employees.

• leave of absence for Sarah Thomas, English language arts teacher, Cleveland High, Aug. 26 to Oct. 6.

• non-renewal of certified personnel. Superintendent’s report

Green reported on a number of items, among them:

• Specific state guidelines with respect to COVID-19 protocols and effective dates for summer programs beginning after June 5 were due by Friday, May 22. They will apply to all summer camps and school activities including athletic teams/workouts and Dreamcatchers summer camps. Literary camps are currently planned for July, but could change pending state guidelines.

• About half of state school districts project start dates in early August. About half plan a start date of Aug. 20. Blount County will adhere to its originally planned start date for students of Aug. 6.

• The state education budget is solid and general budget outlook is favorable. Next year is an unknown and budget problems are anticipated. Quorum and future meetings

All board members were present: Ken Benton, Jackie Sivley, Philip Cleveland, William Ferry, and Chris Latta.

The board’s next meeting is Monday, June 1, at 1 p.m., at the BCBOE central office in Oneonta.