Personnel and bids dominate agenda

Blount County Board of Education

The Blount County Board of Education made several late-summer personnel moves just weeks ahead of the opening of the 2012-2013 school year.

Announced as new employees were Rachel Doak Fallin, physical education aide, Appalachian; Erica Whited, family and consumer science teacher, Appalachian; Dustin Young, teacher, Susan Moore High; Raymon Moore and John McRae, utility bus drivers; Melissa Bridges, bus aide, Blount County Learning Center; Joy Manstream, Spanish teacher, Cleveland High; Kayla Carden, long-term substitute teacher, Hayden Elementary; and Kathryn Nicole Bryant, special education aide, Blount County Learning Center.

In addition, the board awarded several Child Nutrition Program bids: $413,865, beverages, Buffalo Rock Co.; $644,259.94, food items, Osborn Brothers Inc.; $36,939.95, frozen dairy products, Mayfield Dairy Farms; $215,587.50, milk services, Barber Dairy Inc.; $98,952.40, paper products, JanPak; and $798.29, chemicals, AutoChlor.

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

•contracted with Community Action Partnership of North Alabama Inc. Head Start Program to diagnose disabled eligible preschool children participating in the program during the 2012-2013 school year.

•entered into a memorandum of agreement with the Alabama Depart-ment of Public Health to provide a school nurse to the board from Aug. 1, 2012, through July 31, 2013.

•amended board policy 2.4 (administration), 4.1 employment (personnel), 4.9 (determination of a year’s experience), 4.10 (individual professional development), 4.29 (Educate Alabama/Lead Alabama Personnel Evaluation Program), and 5.5 (graduation requirements).

•allowed a student to transfer to the Jefferson County system with the stipulation that the Blount County Board assumes no liability in relation to the release.

•contracted with Phillip Barnett to complete painting projects at Cleveland High School during the summer, beginning on July 26. The contract will be paid from the general fund.

•agreed to pay Rhonda Cornelius to work up to five days during the summer to complete work in INOW at Southeastern School. She will be paid at her 2011-2012 daily rate from the school’s local funds.

•granted leaves of absence to three system employees.

•accepted resignations from Susan Moore High teachers David Stanford and Wesley Harden and Hayden Elementary aide Dana Armstrong.

•transferred bus driver Gary Butts from the Blount County Learning Center to Cleveland schools and bus driver Joseph Sherbert from Cleveland schools to the Blount County Learning Center.

•contracted with James Harris and Janie Smith to complete psychological evaluations from Aug. 1, 2012, through July 31, 2013.

•entered into an agreement with the Oneonta City Board of Education to form a consortium to handle the Federal Carl Perkins Career Technical Funds. The Blount County Board of Education will serve as the lead system for the consortium.

•employed Katie Whisenant Higdon for provide instruction to Cleveland High School’s band camp during the summer. She will be paid $300 plus the associated fringe benefits from the school’s band booster funds.

Finally, the board approved a $9,200 payment for the School Superintendents of Alabama membership dues for the 2012-2013 school year.

Present at the Aug. 6 meeting were board members Gregg Armstrong, Bruce McAfee, Jackie Sivley, Craig Johnson, and Chris Latta, Carr, assistant superintendent Rodney Green, board secretary Karla Lathamd, and several visitors.