Hayden High gets new coaches

Blount County Board of Education


The Blount County Board of Education approved new football and boys basketball coaches for Hayden High School at Monday’s meeting.

Steven Kerby takes over the Wildcat football program. He comes to Hayden from Austin High School in Decatur, where he was an assistant coach under David Norwood. He helped lead the Bears to a 5-6 record and a close, 18-17 loss to Hewitt-Trussville in the 6A playoffs last year.

The new boys basketball coach at Hayden is a man familiar to Blount County. Former Oneonta head coach Mike Dutton previously served as head coach at Pinson and Mortimer Jordan.

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

•contracted with Mary Kate Graves to provide remediation for the Alabama High School Graduation Exam to J.B. Pennington students through Sept. 4, 2009. She will receive $12.50 per hour, not to exceed $700, from High Hopes funds.

•contracted with Wilda J. Kretzschmar and Cathy Marsh to provide remediation for the Alabama High School Graduation exam to J.B. Pennington students through Sept. 4, 2009. Each will receive $20 per hour, not to exceed $700, from High Hopes funds.

•contracted with Danette Tawbush to provide remediation for the Alabama High School Graduation Exam to Cleveland High students through Sept. 4, 2009. She will receive $20 per hour, not to exceed $500, from High Hopes funds.

•awarded the bid for a one-year term rate certificate of deposit for the Betty Seales Scholarship in the amount of $165,644.42 to HomeTown Bank.

•agreed to pay Norman Bush $150 from Hayden Elementary’s Child Nutrition Program funds for stripping, waxing, and buffing the school lunchroom’s floor.

•approved Jeremy Burns, Justin Johnson, and Mitch Hamby as non-compensated volunteers with the Cleveland High baseball team.

•accepted the resignation of Hayden High boys basketball coach Jeff Graves.

•granted a catastrophic leave of absence to Blountsville Elementary teacher Kathleen Sosebee, effective Feb. 9 through May 29.

•granted a leave of absence to Hayden Primary teacher Paige Givens, effective April 30 through May 29.

•granted a leave of absence to Susan Moore High teacher Brittany Copeland, effective approximately April 20 through May 29.

•granted intermittent medical leave of absence to Hayden Primary teacher Belinda LeCroy, effective Jan. 11 through May 30.

•granted medical leave of absence to Mary Faye Stephens, Cleveland High Child Nutrition Program employee, effective Feb. 17 through April 9.

•employed Ginger Gable as substitute teacher at Blountsville Elementary, Feb. 9 through May 29.

•employed James J. Freeman and Sharon Grigsby as school bus aides for the Multi-Needs Center, effective March 3 through the end of the current school year.

•employed Jamie Ann Durant as substitute/supply teacher at Hayden Middle School, effective March 16 through May 29.

•accepted the resignation of Susan Moore bookkeeper Patti Collins, effective Feb. 24.

•agreed to pay head football coaches Mark O’Bryant (Cleveland) and Steven Kerby (Hayden) $500 each to conduct spring training during the 2008-2009 school year.

•entered into a sewer-use agreement with Rachel Osborne for connection of a dental office and use of the Locust Fork sanitary sewage system.

•contracted with Candace Borders to provide homebound services to a Hayden High student through May 29, or upon the physician’s release to return to school. She will receive $20 per hour plus travel reimbursement at the Board-approved rate, not to exceed $1200, from the general fund.

•agreed to allow Brenda Baswell to work up to six hours on April 4 to prepare food for the Appalachian High School PTSO Banquet. She will be paid at her regular hourly rate from PTSO and local Child Nutrition Program funds. Any time exceeding 40 hours in the work week will be paid at time plus one-half.

•agreed to allow Amy Gilliland, Child Nutrition Program substitute, to work up to six hours on April 4 assisting Brenda Baswell in preparing food for the Appalachian High School PTSO Banquet. She will be paid at the board-approved hourly rate of $7.33 from PTSO and local Child Nutrition Program funds.

•approved Danny Day and Chris Washburn as noncompensated volunteers at J.B. Pennington High during the school year.

Finally, the board adjourned to executive session to handle several student disciplinary hearings.

Present at the March 2 meeting were Carr, board members Andy Neill, Gregg Armstrong, Chris Latta, Craig Johnson, and Bruce McAfee, assistant superintendent Rodney Green, board secretary Karla Latham and several visitors.