Resignations highlight meeting


Five resignations – three from teachers and two from bus drivers – were accepted by the Blount County Board of Education at this week’s meeting.

The retirement resignations of Locust Fork Elementary teacher Jerry Faulkner, Hayden Elementary teacher Karen DeBerry-Holt, and bus driver Wanda Marie Hogeland were accepted. Resignations were also accepted from Susan Moore Elementary teacher Emily McGahee and bus driver Brenda Kay O’Dell.

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

•entered into an agreement with the State of Alabama Department of Public Accounts for an audit of the federal assistance received.

•contracted with Franklin Covey Client Sales Inc. to provide leadership training for Cleveland Elementary’s Leader in Me leadership Program. The contract – from March 2012 through September 30, 2012, or until all training has been completed – will be paid through Title II and the Alabama Assistance Plan (ASAP).

•allowed Hayden High to contract with Journeys by Janice for the Six Flags trip scheduled for April 6. The contract – not to exceed $10,500 – will be paid from the school’s local funds.

•allowed Hayden High to enter into a charter bus contract with U.S. Coach-ways to transport students to and from Atlanta on April 27. The contract, not to exceed $1,421.20 – will be paid from the school’s local funds.

•allowed Cleveland High to contract with Heritage at Twin Oaks for the Junior-Senior Prom on April 28. The contract – not to exceed $1,788 – will be paid from the school’s local funds.

•agreed to pay Cilia Smith and Elizabeth Smith to serve as judges for Cleveland High’s auxiliary on April 12. Each will be paid $75 plus fringe benefits from the school’s local funds.

•allowed the Locust Fork High School Band Boosters to contract with the Oneonta Business Association for a booth at the June Fling. The contract, not to exceed $50, will be paid from the club’s funds.

•contracted with Nancy Caffee, Larry Reid, Deanna Jones, and Kelly Smith to serve as tutors for the credit recovery program through May 24. Each will be paid $25 per hour from High Hopes funds.

•approved field trip requests from Hayden high (senior trip to Six Flags, April 27), Appalachian High (10 students to the state technology competition at Auburn University, Montgomery, May 4-5), J.B. Pennington (varsity cheerleaders to cheer camp, Panama City, June 14-18), and Susan Moore Elementary and High (archery teams to national archery competition, Louisville, Ky., May 10-11).

•approved Larry Melvin as a non-compensated volunteer at Cleveland High for the 2011-2012 school year.

•granted catastrophic leaves of absence to two system employees.

•allowed Cleveland High Child Nutrition Program employees Betty Hock and Linda Robertson to work additional hours on May 4-5 to prepare for the school’s dinner theater. Each will be paid their regular hourly wage plus benefits from the school’s local funds. Each will be paid time-and-one-half if their workweek exceeds 40 hours.

Finally, the board allowed Locust Fork High to contract with TRUGREEN Commercial Services for the annual treatment of the football field. The total amount of the contract, not to exceed $2,190, will be paid from the school’s local funds.

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