Field trips and personnel actions dominate meeting



The Blount County Board of Education approved three field trips during Monday’s meeting. Two of the trips are for four students each from Appalachian and Susan Moore to attend the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky., in late October. The third trip approved is for 205 eighth grade students from Hayden High to travel to Stone Mountain, Ga., on Dec. 12.

The board also handled several personnel recommendations.

The resignation of Susan Moore Elementary teacher John F. Thomason was accepted (effective Oct. 10) and Madeline NeSmith was hired as a teacher at the school (effective Oct. 13). Kelley Paige Hubbard was hired as a temporary health teacher on an as-needed basis at Susan Moore High School.

Tonya Machelle Wilson was hired as a Child Nutrition Program employee at Blountsville Elementary and seven employees were granted leaves of absence. The board also transferred Learning Center school bus aide Joanna Sellers to the position of bus driver for Blountsville schools.

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

•approved the Blount County Schools Continuous Improvement Plan (ACIP) for the 2014-2015 school year.

•contracted with Ronda J. Sullins to provide up to 50 days of assistance for the student assessment program from Sept. 10, 2014, through May 29, 2015. She will be paid from the general fund.

•contracted with Wendy McCollum for tutoring services three days per week from Oct. 1, 2014, through May 22, 2015.

•contracted with Tammie Abernathy (RN) to provide nursing services for students requiring medical care after school hours on an as-needed basis through Aug. 31, 2015.

•allowed Hayden High to contract with Adventure Bus Charter to transport students to and from Stone Mountain, Ga., on Dec. 12, 2014. The contract will be paid from the school’s local funds.

•allowed Cleveland High to enter into maintenance agreements with Federalgraphics for three NEC copiers and one Risograph copier owned by the school. The agreements are through Sept. 30, 2015, and will be paid from the school’s local funds.

•awarded the Cleveland Elementary copier bid to Riley Business Products for three rented machines. All expenses will be paid from the school’s local funds and the bid documentation is on file in the superintendent’s office.

•awarded a bid for one copy machine at the Learning Center to Riley Business Products. The bid documentation is on file in the superintendent’s office.

•allowed Locust Fork High, Locust Fork Elementary, and Hayden Middle to enter into 36-month lease agreements with Xerox for copy machines. A copy of each agreement is on file in the superintendent’s office.

•renewed the following contracts for another year: excavation work and dump truck hauling – Dennis Horton; acoustical ceiling and painting – Phillip Barnett; new tires – Wilks Tire and Battery.

•awarded the following bids: floor tile – Parkway Flooring Inc. of Arab; concrete – Kirkpatrick Concrete of Guntersville.

•awarded a Child Nutrition Program bid $2,275 for a holding cabinet at Appalachian School to Dixie Store Fixtures and Sales.

•allowed Locust Fork High to contract with TRUGREEN for baseball and softball field treatment for 2014 and 2015. The contract will be paid from the school’s local funds.

•contracted with Mitchie Neel to provide up to 35 days of consulting and administrative services from Oct. 1, 2014, through Sept. 30, 2015.

•approved the following non-compensated volunteers: J.B. Pennington – Savannah Marie Harper; Locust Fork High – Jerry Baggett, Jeremy Lynn Camp, Rickey Charles Campbell, James Kevin Cox, Shannon Lee Dyar, Mark Wesley Mosley, Brian Rice, and James Darron Thomas.

•contracted with Linda Tidwell to provide homebound services to students from Susan Moore and Hayden high schools from Oct. 2, 2014, through Oct. 31, 2014. She will be paid $25 per hour plus mileage from the general fund and a copy of the contract is on file in the superintendent’s office.

•agreed to pay Laurie Moran Bailey, through Kelly Services, to conduct art instruction at Hayden Elementary. All costs associated with this program will be paid from the school’s Title I FY2015 funds.

•contracted with retired teacher Carol Hays to serve as a tutor at Blountsville Elementary during the 2014-2015 school year. All costs will be paid from the school’s Title I FY2015 funds.

•contracted with with Dr. Rhonda Poling, psychologist with Crossroads Counseling Services, to provide services to a student from Oct. 3, 2014, through May 22, 2015. The contract will be paid from IDEA Part B and/or general funds.

Finally, the board allowed Locust Fork High School to contract with Southern Charter to transport the football team to DAR High School in Grant on Oct. 10. The contract will be paid from the school’s local funds.

Present at the Oct. 6 meeting were board members Bruce McAfee, Chris Latta, Jackie Sivley, and Ken Benton, Carr, assistant superintendent Rodney Green, board secretary Karla Latham, and several visitors.

Students across the county are celebrating National 4-H week, along with 6 million young people across the United States. This annual celebration, set for the first full week in October, promotes 4-H and how these students are shaping the community including in-school, special interest, and community clubs. This year, a county-wide community club will be meeting once a month at the extension office, according to 4-H agent assistant Sara Smith. This club is open to any student, age 9 to 18, who wishes to be a part of the Blount County 4H program, which includes 500 students and 30 volunteers from throughout the county. For more information, visit the Blount County 4-H Facebook page or contact Smith by email,

Nicole Singleton