Elective office: Blount County school
board place 2 (Blountsville)
Term of office: six years
Annual salary: $7,200
Jackie Sivley, 59, was appointed to fill the unexpired term of former school board chairman Andy Neill in late 2010. Neill resigned the job when he was appointed to finish out the term of former District 2 Commissioner Robert Bullard, who died in November of that year. Sivley served the remainder of Neill’s term as a school board member (not chairman), the job for which she is now running without opposition, after more than a year’s experience on the job.
Personal profile Sivley was born in Cairo, Ill., moving to the Strawberry/Hopewell community of north Blount County when she was four, where she spent the remainder of her childhood, attending schools in Blountsville. Upon graduation from high school, she attended Auburn University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics, now referred to as family and consumer science. She has one son, John, who works for Frontier Bank in Birmingham. Her husband is deceased.
Work experience Sivley went to work directly out of college for Auburn City schools, teaching adult education for one semester. She then took a job in the Daleville school system, where she worked for two years. In 1977, she returned to Blountsville, teaching home economics at J.B. Pennington High School for 29 years before retiring in 2005. After retiring, she worked on a contract basis for four years for the Blount County school system at the Career Tech Center, supporting the teacher academy program.
Duties of board member:
•attend scheduled board meetings once a month
•“This job is to serve the citizens, parents, students, faculty, and administration of the district at board meetings,” Sivley said.
•more broadly, the job is to take the ideas, needs and problems of the district before the board – everything from field trips to financial matters.
•respond to questions from the community.
•attend school functions.
•attend disciplinary hearings and make appropriate decisions – a significant part of the job, Sivley said.
Concerns for the future Sivley said her important concerns for the coming six years fall into four main areas: •maintaining and improving high academic standards. •continuing emphasis on creating lifelong learners among students. •constantly working to reduce dropouts. •emphasizing the credit recovery program to allow students who have fallen behind to recapture credits for subjects they have failed or dropped, in order to enable them to return to good standing for graduation.
Candidate’s statement to citizens “I look forward to serving the people of our district. I hope to continue to promote a positive atmosphere and a high quality education. I encourage people to feel free to contact me about any concerns they have. Blount County has a long tradition of excellent schools. I want to work to continue those high standards.”