The Blount County Board of Education presented recently retired juvenile probation officer Danny Hicks with a plaque in recognition of his years of service to the county.
“Danny Hicks has done so much for the children in our system,” said Superintendent Jim Carr, “and we wanted to make sure he knew that his work was appreciated. He has done so much for our system in the 33 years he has been with juvenile probation.
“He helped design and implement our attendance policies and he has worked with us in countless other ways, including discipline. His service to the students in our system has been remarkable.”
In other business, the board acted on the recommendation of Carr and:
•approved a field trip request for students in the agriculture and science and family and consumer science programs to visit Auburn University and attend the Ag Expo in Moultrie, Ga., Oct. 15 and Oct. 16.
•granted a leave of absence to Appalachian special education aide Amanda R. Gladden, effective Nov. 12 through Dec. 19.
•contracted with Phyllis Russell to provide homebound services for a Hayden Primary School student. She will receive $20 per hour, plus travel reimbursement, not to exceed $1000 from IDEA Part B and/or General Funds.
•contracted with Monica Rice to provide homebound services to an Appalachian School student. She will receive $20 per hour, plus travel reimbursement, not to exceed $1100 from the General Fund.
•employed Laura Brooke Bradley, substitute teacher, Susan Moore Elementary; Margaret Peggy Plyler, science teacher, Hayden Middle School; Kandie J. Fuller, reading intervention teacher, Appalachian School; Janice Doty, special education aide, Blountsville Elementary; and Virgil Kevin Tidwell, computer lab aide, Blountsville Elementary.
•accepted the retirement resignation of Glinda H. Self, healthcare science clinical coordinator, Blount County Career Technical Center, effective Sept. 30.
•allowed Locust Fork High to contract with Walsworth Publishing Company for the years 2010 – 2012.
•allowed J.B. Pennington to contract with Adventure Travel to transport the band to take part in the Parade of Lights Christmas Parade in Gatlinburg on Dec. 4 and return Dec. 6. The total amount of the contract shall not exceed $6300 and will be paid from the school’s local funds.
•approved the community agencies selected by the Alabama Student Assistance Plan (ASAP) Committee for the 20-percent funding. S.A.F.E. Inc – $2000 to provide character/abstinence education; Hope House – $2000 to provide equine therapy for students referred through the juvenile court system; and Blount County Education Foundation – $61,291 to continue with Boosting Success tutoring program.
•rejected all the concrete bids received on Sept. 30.
Finally, the board approved the base bid of $220,000 from Titan Electric of Dora to install lighting for the baseball field at Locust Fork High School. A copy of the bid tally sheet is on file in the superintendent’s office.
Present at the Oct. 6 meeting were Carr, Hicks, assistant superintendent Rodney Green, board members Andy Neill, Gregg Armstrong, Chris Latta, Bruce McAfee, and Craig Johnson, board secretary Karla Latham, and several visitors.