Board hears audit report, approves operating recommendations

Blount County Board of Education

The Blount County Board of Education received a summary report Monday from State Examiner of Public Accounts Gwyn Griggs covering financial statements, financial position, and compliance with federal financial assistance programs requirements for the period October 2017 to September 2018.

An unmodified opinion was issued on the financial statements, indicating they present accurately the system’s financial position and the results of its operations for the period audited.

Griggs reported problems found with internal controls (“failure to follow established policies and procedures”) over financial reporting in seven financial categories. Most deficiencies identified applied to Southeastern School, with a small number cited at Hayden Elementary School. The categories cited (all pertaining to local schools) were: general expenditures, concessions and the school store, ticket sales, recording and depositing of money collected, fundraisers, and inventory control.

The audit report states that it is the responsibility of the superintendent and the board of education to take corrective action to insure compliance with Financial Procedures for Local Schools prescribed by the State of Alabama Department of Education and the policies and procedures adopted by the board of education itself.

The board also received a report on changes associated with the new math course of study developed by Alabama educators and others as a replacement for Common Core math protocols in effect since 2014. Changes include addition of geometry to the ninth grade curriculum and sequencing changes involving Algebra 1 and Algebra 2, which all students will take, though timing may vary.

The board also approved Superintendent Rodney Green’s operating recommendations. It approved:

• budget amendment No. 1 for 2020, incorporating certain grant funding into the fiscal year budget.

• allowing Locust Fork High to host a volleyball clinic for Locust Fork Elementary students in grades 3-6, March 2-13.

Agreements and contracts

• Blount County Board of Education: transportation contract with Miranda Wagner from Dec. 2, 2019, to May 22, 2020; 36-month lease agreements with Xerox for copiers at the central office and the Blount County Resource Center; Dual Enrollment for Dual Credit agreement with Gadsden State Community College for Appalachian; contract with Paul Tallent to provide band instruction at Susan Moore High from Jan. 6 to May 22; contract with Davis J. Kiger to serve as physical education/social science teacher at Cleveland High from Jan. 6 to end of the 2019-2020 school year; child development and clinical agreement with Wallace State Community College; contract with Lane Brown to provide an independent education evaluation during December 2019 and January 2020; five-year facilities solutions agreement for transportation and maintenance departments with Cintas beginning Dec. 12, 2019.

• Appalachian contracts with: Brittany Copeland to teach pageant dances to high school contestants during January and February; Andy J. Whittington to serve as custodian for the Blount County Basketball Tournament during the 2019-2020 school year.

• Hayden Middle contracts with: Locker Pro from April 2020 to April 2023; Walsworth Yearbooks for 2019- 2020 yearbook publication.

• Susan Moore High contracts with: Keith Bryan to serve as clock operator during the 2019-2020 basketball season; Sharp Business Systems from Oct. 1, 2019, to Sept. 30, 2020.

Other items

• J.B. Pennington High agreement with Walsworth Yearbooks for 2020- 2021 yearbook publication.

• Hayden High field trip request for boys basketball team to go to State Farm Arena in Atlanta Jan. 8.

• Justin Chambers as non-compensated volunteer at Cleveland High for remainder of the school year.

• Lori Pettigrew, RN, as substitute nurse for remainder of the school year.

Bids

• re-roofing Blountsville Elementary gym to Alabama Roofing and Sheet Metal Co. Inc. of Anniston.

• roof repair and maintenance to Standard Roofing of Montgomery.

• concession and vending to Birmingham Coca-Cola.

Leaves of absence

Tammie Abernathy, school nurse at Hayden Middle, from Dec. 11, 2019, to Feb. 1, 2020; Susan Allred, CNP employee at Southeastern, from Dec. 2, 2019, to April 6, 2020; Brooke Elmore, teacher at Hayden Middle, from Sept. 6, 2019, to Jan. 8, 2020 (intermittent); Mindy Horton, physical education aide at Cleveland High, from Jan. 11 to March 20; Tamatha McAlpine, computer lab aide at Cleveland High, from Dec. 3, 2019, to Jan. 7, 2020; Belinda Rogers, school bus driver for Locust Fork, from Dec. 1, 2019, to physician’s release date for return to work or March 31, 2020, whichever comes first; Christina Staton, bookkeeper at Hayden Primary, from Dec. 12, 2019, to Jan 31, 2020 (intermittent); Janet Leah Thomas, CNP employee at Hayden Middle, from Nov. 12, 2019, to Feb. 28, 2020; Jason Winningham, teacher/counselor at Hayden Middle, from Oct. 31, 2019, to Dec. 20, 2019 (intermittent); Nancy Bradford, teacher at Blountsville Elementary, to extend leave through Feb. 28; Judith Robinette, school bus aide for the Blount County Learning Center, to extend leave through Jan. 24.

Resignations

Karen Calvert, bus driver for Hayden, effective Dec. 20, 2019; Linda Plylar, school bus aide at the Blount County Learning Center, effective Jan. 17; Janet Leah Thomas, CNP employee at Hayden Middle, effective March 1; Marcia Watson, school bus driver for the Blount County Learning Center, effective Dec. 31, 2019.

Employment

Stephen Grady Skillman as network technician for Blount County Schools, effective Jan. 7; Brandi Rich Bradley as family and consumer science teacher at Appalachian, from Jan. 6 to end of school year, contingent upon certification through ASDE; Carrie Watson Holmes as health/career prep teacher at J.B. Pennington High, from Jan. 6 to end of the school year.

Transfers

Phillip Kyle Ellison, from utility school bus driver to school bus driver for Hayden, effective Jan. 7; Gina Hathcock, from school bus aide to school bus driver for the Blount County Learning Center, effective Jan. 7.