New principals were named at four schools this week by the Blount County Board of Education.
Former Susan Moore High assistant principal Chris Pullen was named principal at the school. Pullen had been serving as interim principal at the high school since the midyear retirement of Steve Hallman.
J.B. Pennington assistant principal DeWon Farmer was named the director of the Blount County Learning Center.
Former Learning Center director Randy Walker was named principal at Cleveland Elementary where he had been serving as interim principal since mid-year.
Finally, the board approved the transfer of Hayden High assistant principal Brian Kirk to the position of principal at J.B. Pennington. Kirk replaces Dr. Philip Cleveland who left at the end of the year to accept a job with the State Department of Education.
In other business, the board acted on the recommendation of Supt. Jim Carr and:
•approved four summer field trip requests.
•contracted with Paige P. Moore, Brenda Hester, and Kimberly A. Smith for extended school year speech language services for multiple students one day per week from June 11 through July 30. Each will be paid $30 per hour from IDEA Part B funds.
•contracted with Jamie Hampton, vision impairment teacher, for extended school year services for multiple students two times per week from June 11 through July 30. She will be paid $30 per hour from IDEA Part B funds.
•contracted with Kristen Burttram, RN, and Kim Battles, RN, to provide nursing services for students requiring medical care during extracurricular activities from June 5 through Aug. 20. Each will be paid $25 per hour from the general fund.
•hired Tammy McAlpine to serve as a medication assistant for the Cleveland High cheerleaders while at cheer camp June 13- 15. She will be paid $300 from the school’s cheer account.
•contracted with Melissa Lewis to provide custodial services at Southeastern School from May 29 through June 19.
•amended the contracts of Kenny Mullins and DeWon Farmer, who are contracted to provide tutoring services to J.B. Pennington students per the school’s credit recovery plan. They will be paid from Title I FY12 funds.
•approved Larry Boatright as a non-compensated volunteer for the Locust Fork High football program.
•allowed Locust Fork High information systems specialist Vicki Wallis to work up to 10 additional days during the summer to complete scheduling and prepare for the 2012-2013 school year. She will be at her 2011-2012 daily rate from the school’s local funds.
•allowed a student to transfer to the Hoover City School system for the 2012-2013 school year with the stipulation that the Blount County Board of Education assumes no liability in relation to the release.
•contracted with Shane Richards, John Hughes, Linda Williams, Chris Puckett, Kay Williams, Nancy Caffee, Cheryl Friese, Jordon Hock, David Socha, Glenn Puckett, and Caleb Salamone at an hourly rate of $20 for summer administration of the Alabama High School Graduation Exam. The employees will be used only as needed to to meet the requirements of the test administration.
•entered into an agreement with the Community Action Partnership of North Alabama Inc. (Head Start located at Blountsville Elementary, Hayden Primary, and Susan Moore Elementary schools) to furnish meals from Aug. 20, 2012, through May 24, 2013. Meal prices are breakfast – $1.30; lunch – $2.50; snack – $.75; staff breakfast – $1.50; and staff lunch – $2.50.
•allowed Hayden High to conduct an elementary football camp Aug. 2-4. All proceeds will go to the Hayden High football program.
•allowed Hayden High to lease its football stadium, practice field, and gymnasium to the North Alabama Team Camp from July 15 through July 22.
•amended the charged meal policy to increase the charge limit to $6.
•approved the 2012-2013 salary schedules and the 2012 summer professional development calendar.
•contracted with Annette Daugherty to serve as a workshop presenter for Podcasting, Things you really want to know! on June 20-21. She will be paid $300 per day from Athens State University Inservice Center.
•contracted with Nancy Brown to serve as a workshop presenter for There’s an App for That! – iPads in the Classroom on July 19. She will receive $425 per day from Athens State University Inservice Center.
•contracted with Mitchie Neel to serve as a workshop presenter for Grant Writing on July 23. She will be paid $150 from Athens State University Inservice Center.
•contracted with Suzette Johnson to serve as a workshop presenter for Strategic Teaching on July 25-26. She will be paid $300 per day from Athens State University Inservice Center.
•contracted with Mary Grace Green to serve as a workshop presenter for TIP – Teacher Induction Program Facilitator on Aug. 1-3. She will receive $150 per day from Athens State University Inservice Center.
•transferred EL teacher Denise Lybrand to the position of EL consulting teacher for Blount County schools, effective Aug. 14.
•hired John Michael Lauderdale to assist with various tasks at Cleveland Elementary School, not to exceed five days, this summer. He will be paid minimum wage from the school’s local funds.
•accepted the resignations of Terri Hubauer, library media specialist, Susan Moore High School; bus driver Astarsia G. Hale; and Connie Vaughn, Child Nutrition Program employee, Cleveland High School.
•transferred Hayden High special education aide Nancy Lemmond to the same position at Hayden Primary and Hayden Middle special education aide Lloyd L. Reddick to the same position at Hayden High.
•allowed Hayden High School to host a youth cheerleader clinic July 30 through Aug. 3. All proceeds will go to the school’s cheerleader account.
Finally, the board amended the 2012 Capital Plan.
After the board went to executive session for student disciplinary hearings no other business was handled.
Present at the June 4 meeting were Carr, board members Gregg Armstrong, Bruce Mc- Afee, Jackie Sivley, Chris Latta, and Craig Johnson, assistant superintendent Rodney Green, board secretary Karla Latham, and several visitors.