Board takes personnel actions

Blount County Board of Education

With the end of the school year looming, the Blount County Board of Education continued to make personnel decisions during last week’s called meeting.

Acting on the recommendation of Supt. Jim Carr, the board:

•accepted the resignation of Cleveland High School teacher Chita C. Blakely.

•transferred Locust Fork custodian Barbara Hollis from full-time elementary to part-time for elementary and high school; Beverly Reeves (Susan Moore Elementary) and Amy Hayes (Cleveland Elementary) from Title I reading intervention teachers to statepaid foundation elementary teachers.

•contracted with Susan Honeycutt to provide tutoring for Locust Fork High students at risk for not passing all sections of the Alabama High School Graduation Exam through Sept. 30, 2010. She will be paid $20 per hour, not to exceed $1000, from High Hopes funds.

•contracted with Brenda J. Hester to provide extended school year speech services for four students through July 30, 2010. She will be paid $30 per hour, not to exceed four hours per week, from IDEA ARRA or IDEA Part B funds.

•contracted with Paige Moore and Megan Newman to provide extended school year services for seven autistic students through July 30, 2010. Each will be paid $30 per hour, not to exceed four hours per week, from IDEA ARRA or IDEA Part B funds.

•contracted with Linda S. Tidwell to provide homebound services to a J.B. Pennington High School student through July 23, 2010. She will be paid $20 per hour, not to to exceed a total of $2000, from IDEA Part B and/or the general fund.

•allowed Hayden High School to host a youth cheerleading clinic July 26-30, 2010. West Blount Park will charge $20 per participant and will issue a check to Hayden High to be deposited in the varsity cheerleader account.

•allowed Cleveland High to employ Matt Hays, Austin Hazelrig, Luke Hays, Mathew Rush, Austin Hays, and Chrissy Killough to assist with projects at the school. Each will be paid $7.33 per hour from the school’s local funds.

•approved the 2010 revisions of the Blount County Media Program Manual. A copy of the manual is on file in the superintendent’s office.

Finally, the board approved 2010-2011 handbooks for Blountsville and Locust Fork elementary schools.

Present at the May 13 meeting were board members Gregg Armstrong, Chris Latta, Bruce McAfee, and Craig Johnson, Carr, assistant superintendent Rodney Green, board secretary Karla Latham, and several visitors.