Field trips and leaves of absence approved

A March trip to the Tennessee Aquarium for 103 Blountsville Elementary third-grade students and a trip to Six Flags for 30 Southeastern students (grades seven through nine) were approved by the Blount County Board of Education during last week’s meeting.

The board also handled several personnel actions, including granting leaves of absence to seven system employees.

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

•approved James Glass, Wes Goble, and John Ellis Smith, III, as non-compensated volunteers at J.B. Pennington High during the 2011-2012 school year.

•contracted with several teachers to provide on-site testing and student support to expand elective offerings and provide additional remediation and/or credit recovery for students. Those contracted were Darlene Driggers (Appalachian), Terri Hubauer (Susan Moore High), Wilda Kretzschmar ( J.B. Pennington High), Rosa Noles (Appalachian High), Tammy Thigpen (Cleveland High), Grindl C. Weldon (Locust Fork High), and Linda Williams (Cleveland High).

•allowed Blountsville Elementary to contract with Groups on Tour LLC to transport third-grade students to and from Chattanooga on March 2. The contract, not to exceed $3,358, will be paid from the school’s local funds.

•allowed Southeastern Elementary to contract with Cline Tours Inc. to transport students to and from Atlanta on May 4. The contract, not to exceed $1,075, will be paid from the school’s local funds.

•contracted with Alayna Horton to serve speech language students at Southeastern and Appalachian schools while another teacher is on leave Jan. 18, 2012, through March 5, 2012.

•contracted with Donna Hicks to provide instructional services to students in the Career Academy at the Blount County Career Technical Center on a temporary, part-time basis from Jan. 4, 2012, through May 25, 2012.

•contracted with Wendy McCollum to provide homebound services to a J.B. Pennington student through May 25, 2012. She will be paid $25 per hour plus travel reimbursement at the boardapproved rate from IDEA Part B and/or general funds.

•contracted with Donna Sellers to provide homebound services to a Cleveland High student through May 24, 2012. She will be paid $25 per hour plus travel reimbursement at the board-approved rate from the general fund.

•contracted with Linda Tidwell to provide homebound services for a student through May 24, 2012. She will be paid $25 per hour.

•awarded the canopy bid of $11.50 per square foot to Tennessee Valley Metals Inc. of Oneonta. The bid, opened on Dec. 20, 2011, was the only one received.

•entered into a public works contract with Locker Pro LLC of Pelham for the installation of gym lockers at Southeastern School. The contract is not to exceed $35,074.

•accepted the resignations of Cindy Parker, bookkeeper at Hayden Primary and Hayden Elementary; Renee Dickie, bus driver for Appalachian School; and Sheila Williams, custodian at Blountsville Elementary.

•hired Jordan N. Hock, special education teacher, Blount County Learning Center; Martha Franklin, special education aide, Hayden Middle School; Hugh Alan Thomas and Arnold Joseph Thomas, utility bus drivers.

•transferred Hayden Primary secretary Cheri Grabany to bookkeeper for Hayden Primary and Hayden Elementary.

Finally, the board extended the concrete contract with Kirkpatrick Concrete for an additional year. The extension comes at no change from the current pricing.

Present at the Jan. 9 meeting were Carr, board members Gregg Armstrong, Chris Latta, Bruce McAfee, Craig Johnson, and Jackie Sivley, board secretary Karla Latham, and several visitors.

The board has a called meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 8:30 a.m.