Retirements begin month of personnel decisions

Blount County Board of Education

The Blount County Board of Education accepted retirement resignations from two teachers during Monday’s meeting.

The retirements came from Hayden Elementary teacher of the gifted Marie H. Johnson and Blount County Career Tech Center teacher Sharon L. Smith.

The board also granted leaves of absence to Amy T. Langley, guidance counselor, Susan Moore High, Kaye Baldwin, teacher, Locust Fork Elementary, Sonja Harris, bus driver, Southeastern Elementary, and Tina Marsh, bus driver, Multi-Needs Center.

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

•employed Kenneth L. Mullins, substitute math teacher, J.B. Pennington High; Cam Bamberry, lawn maintenance, Hayden Primary and Elementary; and Brittany Elaine Crook, Kayte Childers, and Crimson Jean Elk, caregiver aide, Hayden Extended-Day Program.

•contracted with Dr. Jane Knight to conduct a signature workshop for administrators June 3 – 5. She will receive $2100 per day plus travel, lodging, and meals as per the board’s guidelines from Title I and Title II FY2009 funds.

•approved Kevin Cleckler, Larissa Cleckler, and William Johnson to serve as judges and Cate Ann Davis to serve as instructor for Cleveland High School’s auxiliary band camp. Judges will receive $75 and the instructor will receive $100 from the school’s auxiliary funds.

•amended Hayden High School’s 2008- 2009 local coaching supplement list to pay B-team girls softball coach Jill Dowd $500 from the school’s local funds.

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

•revised several of the system’s policies. Among the policies changed were 5.4 (Attendance), 5.5 (Graduation Requirements), 5.6 (Graduation Honors), 5.7 (Backpacks), 5.7 (Bullying, Harassment, Discrimination), 5.16 (Medication), 5.19 (Students Leaving School During the School Day), 5.20 (Student Complaints and Grievances Procedures), 5.22 (Head Lice – Pediculosis), and 3.4 (Textbooks).

•approved the Pandemic Plan and Policy for Blount County schools.

•adopted the entire list of state-adopted textbooks for language arts (English, handwriting, speech, spelling, and dictionaries).

•agreed to contract with up to 15 certified employees and one nurse at an hourly rate of $20 for the summer administration of the Alabama High School Graduation Exam. The employees will be used only as needed to meet the requirements of the test administration.

Present at the May 4 meeting were board members Andy Neill, Gregg Armstrong, Chris Latta, Bruce McAfee, and Craig Johnson, Carr, assistant superintendent Rodney Green, board secretary Karla Latham, and several visitors.