Field trip requests approved


Trips to the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta and Universal Studios in Orlando were approved last week by the Blount County Board of Education.

The trip to Georgia is for 86 sixthgrade students on Nov. 10 (today) while the Susan Moore and Cleveland bands will take the trip to Orlando May 11-14, 2011.

In addition, a field trip request for 100 sixth-grade students to go to Camp Cosby April 18-20, 2011, was approved.

In other business, the board accepted the recommendation of Supt. Jim Carr and:

•allowed Cleveland High to contract with Cline Tours to transport the football team to and from Colbert Heights on Nov. 5 for a playoff game. The con- tract, not to exceed $993, will be paid from the school’s local funds.

•allowed Hayden Elementary to contract with Thrasher Brothers Trailways to transport students to and from Montgomery on Nov. 23. The contract, not to exceed $4500, will be paid from the school’s local funds.

•contracted with the State Department of Education to purchase two used cars from the Alabama State Motor Pool to use for driver education. The contract expires Sept. 30, 2011.

•contracted with Darrell Minyard to provide custodial work at the Blount County Teacher Resource Center on an as-needed basis through Sept. 30, 2011. He will be paid $11.85 per hour, not to exceed a total of $5000 with fringe benefits, from Title I FY2011 funds.

•contracted with Becky Hyatt to provide tutoring in math and reading on an as-needed basis during the school day to at-risk students attending Blountsville Elementary through May 26, 2011. She will be paid $12.50 per hour, not to exceed $10,886 plus fringe benefits, from ARRA FY2011 funds.

•contracted with Sonya Boatright (Locust Fork High), Libby Moon (Locust Fork and Susan Moore High), and Rita Brown (Susan Moore High) to serve specific students during athletic practices and events from Nov. 1, 2010, to May 26, 2011. Each will be paid $25 per hour plus mileage reimbursement from the general fund.

•allowed Locust Fork High to lease the Zamora Temple on May 14, 2011, for the prom. The contract, not to exceed $2200, will be paid from the school’s local funds.

•allowed Locust Fork High to contract with TRUGREEN Commercial Services to provide lawn care services for the football field ($1680), softball field ($896), and football practice field ($1365). The contract will be paid from the school’s local funds.

•approved the 2010-2011 Continuous Improvement Plan for all schools.

•approved the 2010-2011 LEA Improvement Plan.

•approved non-compensated volunteers Nathan Fallin, Randy Fallin, and Pablo Hernandez (Cleveland High); Courtney Butts (Hayden High); and Dennis Brakefield (Southeastern School) for the 2010-2011 school year.

•awarded HVAC bids for the 2010-2011 school year to Wittichen Supply of Gadsden.

•amended J.B. Pennington High’s 2010-2011 school year supplement list: replaced Tina Smith with Melanie Ganus as cheerleader coach and approved Jennifer Bowling to receive the full amount of junior high cheerleader supplement.

•granted leaves of absence to four system employees.

•accepted the resignations of Cleveland High teacher William O. Smith, effective Nov. 1, and Locust Fork High teacher Victoria F. Welch, effective Oct. 25.

•employed Brooke Mahaffey, special education aide, Hayden Primary; Jamie Hampton, visually impaired/ special education teacher, based at Hayden Primary; Stefanie Weston, long-term substitute teacher, Hayden Primary; and Shannon Warnke Bridges, science teacher, Cleveland High.

•allowed Hayden High to pay Jackie Acton to work the gate for home basketball games during the 2010-2011 season. She will be paid $50 per night from the school’s local funds.

•approved the Blount County Federal Programs Plan, the Blount County Migrant Plan, and the Blount County Homeless Plan.

Finally, the board awarded the bid for lighting the softball field at Hayden High to Titan Electric for the amount of $112,000.

Present at the Nov. 1 meeting were Carr, board president Andy Neill, board members Gregg Armstrong, Bruce McAfee, Chris Latta, and Craig Johnson, assistant superintendent Rodney Green, board secretary Karla Latham, and several visitors.