The Blount County Board of Education unanimously approved last week the hiring of Keith Garner as new head football coach at J.B. Pennington High School.
Garner was head coach at Arab from 1999 to 2005 and was head coach at Crossville from 2006 to 2008. His best year was in 2003 at Arab when he led the Knights to an 8-3 record and a berth in the playoffs.
He replaces Wayne Murphy, who resigned in November. Murphy was head coach of the Tigers from 2004 to 2011.
In other business, the board acted on the recommendation of Supt. Jim Carr and:
•approved five field trip requests – three from J.B. Pennington and one each from Cleveland High School and Cleveland Elementary School.
•contracted with Jodi Cullar and Brooke Scott to provide tutoring services through March 20 for students in Blountsville Elementary’s credit recovery plan. Each will be paid $25 per hour, not to exceed a total of $3,500 from the school’s Title I funds.
•contracted with Susan Hackett to provide homebound services to a Blount County Learning Center student.
•contracted with Kathy Rogers to provide homebound services to a Cleveland Elementary student.
•allowed Cleveland High to contract with hotels.com for accommodations for the school’s Jr. Beta Club trip to Huntsville on March 15-16. The contract, not to exceed $158.84, will be paid from the school’s local funds.
•allowed J.B. Pennington to contract with Adventure Bus Charter & Tours to transport students to and from Chattanooga on Feb. 16. The contract, not to exceed $1,700, will be paid from the school’s local funds.
•allowed Cleveland Elementary to contract with Landmark Tour & Travel to transport students to and from Chattanooga on May 3. The contract, $54 per student and $70 per adult, will be paid from the school’s local funds.
•allowed Appalachian High to contract with Mathew’s Manor in Springville for the Junior-Senior Prom on April 20. The contract, not to exceed $3,000, will be paid from the school’s local funds.
•allowed Appalachian High to contract with JAMM Entertainment to provide music for the Junior-Senior Prom on April 20. The contract, not to exceed $1,000, will be paid from the school’s local funds.
•allowed Locust Fork Elementary to contract with JAMM Entertainment to provide the music for the school’s Valentine’s Dance. The contract, not to exceed $675, will be paid from the school’s local funds.
•approved leaves of absence for nine system employees.
•accepted the resignations of Blount County Learning Center bus aide Tina Marsh and Blountsville Elementary and J.B. Pennington bus driver Emmett Allen Neel.
•hired Christina Churchwell, secretary/receptionist at Hayden Primary; Megan Holt, long-term substitute teacher at Hayden Primary; and Stacey Irvin, 222-day custodian at Blountsville Elementary.
•transferred Blount County Learning Center custodian Gary Hicks from a nine-month to an 11-month contract.
•approved Eric Richardson as a non-compensated volunteer at J.B. Pennington for the remainder of the school year.
Finally, the board approved an affidavit of Immigration Compliance by a Local School Board in the State of Alabama as required by the Alabama Department of Education.
At the end of the meeting, the board went into executive session to address student disciplinary hearings.
Present at the Jan. 25 meeting were Carr, board members Gregg Armstrong, Chris Latta, Jackie Sivley, Bruce McAfee, and Craig Johnson, assistant superintendent Rodney Green, board secretary Karla Latham, and several visitors.