Expected run of retirements begins



The Blount County Board of Education accepted the retirement resignations of Cleveland Elementary principal Dr. David Bradford and Susan Moore High principal Steve Hallman during last week’s special meeting.

Bradford has 31 years in education and is in his 10th year as principal at Cleveland Elementary. Hallman has 21 years’ service and is in his third year at Susan Moore High as principal.

The retirement of the two administrators was not exactly unexpected.

“The new benefits plan enacted by the state makes it almost impossible for some education employees to continue to work,” said Supt. Jim Carr. “We’ll miss them and it will be extremely difficult to replace them, especially in the middle of a school year.”

New legislation passed earlier this year will slowly raise the cost of health benefits over the next five years. Education personnel will also be required to pay more toward their retirement, even as the cost of health benefits rises. Those changes go into effect Jan. 1, 2012, but will not apply to those who retire before Dec. 1.

According to Carr, personnel have until Nov. 1 to notify the system if they plan to retire.

The board also accepted the retirement resignations of Blount County Career Tech instructors W.M. Bryson and Marvin Callaway; Hayden Elementary Child Nutrition Program employee Patricia Ann Cleveland; Susan Moore High teachers Joel Cobb, Lamar Hamby, and Charlotte Purpura; Locust Fork bus driver Linda Charlene Fountain; Blount County Learning Center aide Hettie P. McLellan; system parent-involvement specialist Rebecca J. Shew; Blountsville Elementary teacher Paula Sterling; J.B. Pennington math teacher Jackie Wade; Locust Fork Elementary teacher Jane Weems; and system maintenance employee Stanley Evans.

In other business, the board acted on the recommendation of Carr and:

granted leaves of absence to three system employees.

authorized J.B. Pennington to contract with Adventure Bus Charter & Tours to transport the band to Gatlinburg, Tenn., on Dec. 1 and return Dec. 3. This contract will be paid from the school’s local funds.

authorized Cleveland Elementary to contract with Landmark Tour & Travel to transport the fourth-grade students to and from Montgomery on May 14. The contract will be paid from the school’s local funds.

contracted with Angela P. Niccari to provide auditory-based therapy for the period from Oct. 1, 2011, through Sept. 30, 2012, for children with hearing loss. Funding for this contract will be paid from IDEA Part B funds and a copy of the contract is on file in the superintendent’s office.

authorized Susan Moore Elementary to contract with Y Is for Yearbook for the 2012 publication. The contract, not to exceed $5,155.65, will be paid from the school’s local funds.

authorized Locust Fork High to enter into a lease agreement with Zamora Shrine Center for the prom on April 28, 2012. The contract, not to exceed $660, will be paid from the school’s local funds.

authorized Susan Moore High to enter into a 36-month lease with Federalgraphics for a Kyocera TASKalfa 5500i copier for the period Oct. 1, 2011, through Sept. 30, 2014. The contract will be paid from the school’s FY12 Title I funds.

approved Kaitlyn Mize (Blount County Career Tech Center) and Kevin Bowman (Susan Moore High) as non-compensated volunteers for the 2011-2012 school year.

authorized Hayden High to pay Carla Mayfield a coaching supplement during the 2011-2012 school year for sponsoring the seventhand eighth-grade cheerleaders. The supplement will be paid from the school’s local funds.

awarded the 2011 tire bid to Wilks Tire & Battery Co. A copy of the bid is on file in the superintendent’s office.

Finally, the board approved the 2011-2012 District Improvement Plan and the 2011-2012 School Continuous Improvement Plan.

Present at the Oct. 20 meeting were board members Gregg Armstrong, Jackie Sivley, Bruce McAfee, and Chris Latta, Carr, assistant superintendent Rodney Green, board secretary Karla Latham, and visitors. Board member Craig Johnson did not attend.

The board’s November meeting has been moved from Monday, Nov. 7, to Thursday, Nov. 3, at 1 p.m.