Board passes 2019 fiscal year budget

Blount County Board of Education

Janet Lake, left, federal programs employee in the Blount County Schools central office, tears up briefly while telling Superintendent Rodney Green that she enjoyed every minute of the 27 years she has spent working with her friends and colleagues at the county school system. From their comments, the feeling was mutual. Former superintendent Jim Carr, who made an appearance to congratulate her on her retirement, referred to her as ‘a special lady of unmeasured kindness and loyalty.”

Janet Lake, left, federal programs employee in the Blount County Schools central office, tears up briefly while telling Superintendent Rodney Green that she enjoyed every minute of the 27 years she has spent working with her friends and colleagues at the county school system. From their comments, the feeling was mutual. Former superintendent Jim Carr, who made an appearance to congratulate her on her retirement, referred to her as ‘a special lady of unmeasured kindness and loyalty.”

The Blount County Board of Education passed the 2019 fiscal year budget (see page A7) as the first item of Superintendent Rodney Green’s recommendations for the Sept. 14 special meeting. The board then approved the remainder of Green’s recommendations for the system. It approved:

• entering a broadcasting and sales agreement with Our Town Radio LLC for the period Aug. 27, 2018, to Dec. 31, 2025.

• contracting with Caleb Salamone and Josh Young to provide tutoring services to students at Cleveland High School from Oct. 1, 2018, to May 25, 2019.

• contracting with Linda Johnson to serve as the ARI reading coach from Oct. 1, 2018, to Sept. 30, 2019.

• contracting with Dr. Rhonda Poling to address the grandparents’ support group at various schools from Oct. 1, 2018, to Sept. 30, 2019.

• paying transportation costs for a homeless student attending Southeastern School; mileage will be paid throughout the 2018-2019 school year at the board-approved rate from Title I Homeless funds as long as the student remains enrolled in the county school system.

• contracting with Joan Smith to transport a student to and from J.B. Pennington High School from Aug. 17, 2018 to May 25, 2019.

• contracting with Crystal Evans and Linda Tidwell to serve a Locust Fork Elementary School student and a Blount County Learning Center student, respectively.

• entering a consortium agreement with Oneonta City Board of Education to handle federal Carl Perkins Career Technical Funds, beginning Oct. 1 and continuing until terminated by either party.

• renewing the concrete finishing bid/contract with Jerry Baggett for the period June 1, 2018, to May 30, 2019.

• renewing the parking lot striping bid/contract with Trueline Striping LLC for the period Oct. 1, 2018 to May 30, 2019.

• awarding both the 2020 type C and special needs school bus bids opened Sept. 11 to Transportation South of Pelham, Alabama.

• the field trip request for Southeastern School’s fourth- and fifth-grade students to go to the Atlanta Zoo, Hard Rock Cafe, and the Coca-Cola factory in Atlanta on May 17, 2019.

• allowing Southeastern School to contract with Landmark Tour and Travel LLC to transport fourth- and fifth-grade students to and from Atlanta on May 17, 2019.

• six non-compensated volunteers for the 2018-2019 school year for four county high schools.

• Lynda Fuller as a substitute employee for 2018-2019 school year.

• a medical leave of absence for a Southeastern School employee, beginning Aug. 27 and ending upon physician’s release to return to work or Dec. 21, whichever comes first.

• employing Charlene Renee Downs as a longterm substitute teacher for Crystal Goble, a teacher at Blountsville Elementary School.

• employing Tina Renee Wiley as a long-term substitute teacher for Shea Rowell, a teacher at Blountsville Elementary School.

• employing Marsha Kaye Stone as a child nutrition program employee at Southeastern School beginning Oct. 1, contingent upon background clearance through the Alabama State Department of Education.

• amending Susan Moore High School’s supplements for the 2018-2019 school year as follows: Charles Shirley, track coach; Payton Sandlin, assistant track coach

• paying the following teachers a stipend of $75 each for attending the STEMscopes training on June 29: Tina Cherry, Julie Manning, Tonya Criswell, Dana Hawkins, Jennifer Priest, Tina Snead.

• contracting with Mitchie Neel for consulting and administrative services and Angela Naccari for therapy and related work for the period Oct. 1, 2018, to Sept. 30, 2019.

• contracting with Paul Kirby to deliver tutoring/ credit recovery services for the remainder of the first semester of the 2018-2019 school year; not to exceed $1,000.