Mask mandate expires

Blount County Board of Education

The Blount County Board of Education met Monday for its regular monthly meeting. Before the board considered superintendent recommendations, several reports were presented including school improvement plans, current state of COVID-19 across the system, and the state examiner’s final report for FY2020.

Barbara Robertson, the system’s director of nursing, reported that the “numbers look really good. Our goal with the masking was to get kids back in the classroom and keep them in the classroom. It has worked.”

Superintendent Rodney Green announced he would not seek to extend the mandatory masking policy at this time. It was allowed to expire at the close of school Monday.

In other business, the board reviewed Green’s recommendations. It approved: Agreements/Contracts

• memorandum of Agreement #X220146 and #X220178 with the Alabama State Department of Education.

• contract with Keely Creel Oct. 6 to Dec. 15.

• agreement with Dr. Linda B. Johnson for two assistive technology evaluations.

• donation release agreement with Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. for the Blount County Career Technical Center.

• homebound contract # HB21- 22/005 with Tracey Hallmark, # HB21-22/008 with Carrie Holmes, and # HB21-22/009 with Charles Shirley.

• Teacher Excellence and Accountability for Mathematics and Science (TEAMS) contracts.

• travel contract with Lana Wamble for the 2021-2022 school year.

• contract with Brooke Holliman to transport gifted students to and from Hayden Middle to Hayden Elementary during the 2021-2022 school year.

• contract with Linda T. Johnson to provide instructional and coaching support for Blount County interventionists and ARI Reading Specialists beginning Oct. 4, 2021, through Sept. 30, 2022.

• contract with Mitchie Neel for consulting and administrative services Oct. 1, 2021, through Sept. 30, 2022.

• At-Risk High Hopes contracts with teachers at Blountsville, Susan Moore, Hayden, Locust Fork, and Cleveland elementary schools; and Hayden Middle.

• Cleveland Elementary’s contract with Kelley Neal for music instruction during the 2021-2022 school year.

• Hayden High’s contracts for marching band competition judges.

• J.B. Pennington’s contracts with Amanda Darnell and Heather Banks to serve as auxiliary sponsors through Sept. 30, 2022.

• Locust Fork High’s basketball concession stand contract with Jeremy Camp for the 2021- 2022 basketball season.

• Locust Fork Elementary’s letter of agreement with Aaron Reynolds for an author visit on March 4, 2022. General

• schools’ Continuous Improvement Plans.

• Federal Consolidated Plan and the Title IV Plan.

• award acoustical ceiling bid opened on Sept. 23 to Phillip Barnett of Locust Fork.

• award concrete bid to Kirkpatrick Concrete, Inc.

• revise instructions for completing and submitting statement of travel forms for reimbursement.

• Susan Moore varsity cheerleaders to go to the National High School Cheer Competition, Disney World, Orlando, Fla., Feb. 9-14, 2022. Personnel

• grant the following leaves of absence: Kenetha (Nikki) Barnes, school bus driver, Hayden schools, Sept. 8 to Dec. 17; and Kimberly Washburn, child nutrition program worker, Hayden High, Oct. 4 to Nov. 15, or upon physician’s release to return to work, whichever occurs first.

• accept the following resignations: Brittney Paschal Hood, Blountsville Elementary, effective Oct. 15; and Kayla Hudgins, auxiliary teacher, Cleveland Elementary, effective Oct. 8.

• employ Heather Blackwell Garrison, certified employee, Susan Moore Elementary, beginning Oct. 7.

• approve the following individuals as support employees: Whitney Entrekin, special education aide, Hayden Primary; Linda Brasher, Blount County Career Technical Center driver, Hayden High; Richard Scott Lowery, utility bus driver, Blount County Schools; Laurie Burttram and Stephanie Dossey, child nutrition program workers, Southeastern; and Teresa Thomas, ACCESS facilitator, Susan Moore High.

• transfer Crimson Crum from utility substitute/aide to special education aide at Hayden Primary.

• non-compensated volunteers for the 2021-2022 school year.

The next meeting of the Blount County Board of Education is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 1, at 1 p.m.