Board passes resolutions for ad valorem tax renewal

Blount County Board of Education

Blount County Schools Superintendent Rodney Green shared with the board that a 9-mill ad valorem tax must be renewed this year. The first step for renewal was the passage of two resolutions — the District Tax Resolution and the Public Purpose Resolution (see Ad Valorem page A1).

“The taxes up for renewal are common between the Blount County Board of Education and the Oneonta City Board of Education,” Green explained. “This is renewal of existing ad valorem. It is not a new tax. These are already on the books; property owners already pay them. I can’t stress this enough.”

The monies distributed to the system through the ad valorem tax is substantial. The tax has to be renewed every 25 years.

“I am so proud of our school district from an academic, faculty, and facility standpoint,” Green said. “We are always in the top third academically and always in the bottom third in funding. We are blessed with quality teachers, quality support staff, and a quality board that squeezes as much as they can with what they have to work with.”

The board reviewed superintendent Green’s recommendations. It approved: General

• District Tax Resolution and the Public Purpose Resolution.

• membership fee payments for the 2021-2022 Alabama Association of School Boards and School Superintendents of Alabama.

• Appalachian School’s request to close its HomeTown Bank account for the debit/credit card machines. The funds will be transferred the school’s general fund account.

• a stipend for up to 70 elementary and high school teachers to attend AMSTI math and/or science training during the summer of 2021. The stipend will be the daily rate of $150 to offset the cost of travel. The number of days per teacher should not exceed 12 days.

• registration and stipends for Paige Latta and Vikki Wolfe to attend the IMSE Orton-Gillingham Training in Marshall County July 19 to 23. The stipend will be the daily rate of $150 to offset the cost of travel. The number of days per teacher should not exceed five days.

• additional staff for the 2021 Dreamcatcher Camp.

• substitute nurses for the 2021- 2022 school year. Agreements/Contracts

• audiology services contract with Birmingham Speech & Hearing Associates, July 1, 2021, to May 31, 2022.

• agreement with Glenwood, Inc., June 21 to Sept. 30.

• contract with Achsha Cook for consulting, referrals, eligibilities, and testing services from Aug. 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022.

• contract with Rebecca McCay to teach science classes at Susan Moore High beginning Aug. 2, 2021, and ending May 27, 2022.

• contract with Tina Wynn for consulting services, July 19, 2021, to June 30, 2022.

• amending Hayden Primary’s contract with Debra McPherson for Tier III Reading Intervention to increase the not to exceed amount from $5,500 to $8,719.

• Hayden Elementary’s contracts with Robin Padgett (Aug. 1, 2021, to May 30, 2022) and Natalie Bowen (Aug. 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022).

• Hayden High’s contracts with Micah Marshall for 2021 band camp instruction and percussion instruction and Zack Crews for band camp instruction.

• J.B. Pennington’s contract with GoFan Solution for digital ticketing services. Award/Renew Bids

• floor tile bid to Parkway Flooring.

• lawn mowing bid to Scott’s Lawn Care.

Resignations

• Blakley Appleton and Abbigail Pettit, Susan Moore Elementary.

• Kathryn Nicole Bryant, Blount County Learning Center.

• Hannah Chapman, Kassie Smith, and Misty Wade, Southeastern.

• Hannah Diamond and Ashley McDuff, speech language pathologists.

• Meagan Duke, school nurse.

• Adam Edmondson and Tammy Wiley, Susan Moore High.

• Robin Estes, child nutrition program employee, Hayden Primary.

• Carsyn Gilliland, STEAM Lab teacher, Locust Fork schools.

• Katrina Goza, routing specialist.

• Toby Holmes, Locust Fork High.

• Hannah Shaddix, Hayden Middle.

• Kellye Turner, child nutrition program employee, J.B. Pennington.

• Micheal Wisener, utility school bus driver. Transfers

• Kirk Smith from Agriscience teacher at Appalachian to Agriscience teacher at Susan Moore High.

• Elizabeth Cross from utility school bus driver to school bus driver for Hayden schools.

• Tonya Machelle Wilson from child nutrition program manager at Susan Moore High to child nutrition program worker at Hayden Primary. Employment (support)

• Francisca Calderon, Jesica Duarte, and Perla Esmeralda Garcia, EL aides, Blount County Schools.

• Anna Nesbitt, school nurse, Blount County Schools.

• Gregory Rodgers, school bus aide, Blount County Learning Center.

• Kayla Ricks Hudgins, Pre-K auxiliary teacher, Cleveland Elementary.

• Caroline Culwell and Shelly Gober, special education aides, Hayden Elementary.

• Crystal Young, custodian, Hayden Elementary/Hayden High.

• Jessica Butts, special education aide, Hayden High.

Employment (certified)

• Trent Faulkner, Agriscience teacher, Appalachian.

• Catherine Crowley, sports medicine instructor, Blount County Career Technical Center.

• Emily Jane Rivers, English language arts teacher, Cleveland High.

• Stephanie Eason Myers, teacher, Hayden Elementary.

• Stephani Payne Wagnon, secondary special education teacher, Hayden Middle.

• Jonathan Charles Harrison, physical education teacher, Locust Fork High.

• David Robert Hays, social science teacher, Locust Fork High.

• Julie Seidel, special education teacher, Southeastern.

• Kenny Clay, math teacher, Susan Moore High.

• Phillip E. Cline Jr., secondary math teacher, Susan Moore High.

• Trevor Yates, English language arts teacher, Susan Moore High.

• Wendy Cordell, teacher, Susan Moore Elementary.

• Sallie Parr, teacher, Susan Moore Elementary.

• Autumn Bates Finley, speech language pathologist, Blount County Schools.

• Grace Melki Malek, special education IEP program specialist, Blount County Schools. Leaves of absence

• Jessica Aycock (Aug. 2 to Oct. 22) and Alice Cole (Aug. 7 to Oct. 2), Southeastern.

• Whitney Green, Susan Moore Elementary, Sept. 7 to Nov. 5.

• Kassie Johnson, information systems specialist, Blountsville Elementary, July 26 to Oct. 18.

• Shelby McHan, Susan Moore Elementary, Aug. 2 to Sept. 17.

• Jada Walker, Blountsville Elementary, Aug. 2 to Oct. 22.

The Blount County Board of Education will meet at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the Central Office for a special called meeting.