School board adopts new calendar

Blount County Board of Education

While the State Department of Education released its much-anticipated roadmap for reopening schools on June 26, it only provides guidelines. Each school system across the state must determine their own roadmap as the start of the school year approaches.

The Blount County Board of Education took that first step in its Monday board meeting as they adopted a revised calendar for the 2020-2021 school year. Superintendent Rodney Green expects a complete roadmap will be finalized and ready to introduce in the coming days.

“Our team has been working tirelessly to finalize our back-to-school plan,” Green said. “At this time, we are planning for as close to a normal school year as we possibly can.

“This situation is still so fluid, but our main goal remains the same and that is to educate our students.”

The revised schedule looks much different than the one approved just a month ago.

Start date for faculty is set for Thursday, Aug. 4, with students starting on Thursday, Aug. 13. The extra professional development days will be used for training on a new platform adopted by the state that incorporates both traditional learning and remote learning.

This blended learning approach leads to the next calendar change – a four-day week.

“Mondays are designated days for our remote learners,” Green explained. “It will give them an opportunity to have some one-on-one time with their teachers as well as give the teachers an opportunity to support those students.

“It also gives our teachers time to plan and collaborate. They are going to need that time to prepare for the rest of the week.”

The next steps, according to Green, are to communicate the roadmap with “our teachers, bus drivers, nurses, aides, parents, and communities. We want them all to know exactly what is going on.

“We think for now this calendar and blended approach serves our students the best.”

To see the revised calendar, go to the school system’s website at www.blountboe.net. We will provide a full report of the Blount County School’s roadmap as soon as it is released.

In other matters, the board approved Green’s operating recommendations for the coming month. It approved: General matters

• payments for the School Superintendents of Alabama and Alabama Association of School Boards membership fees.

• professional development stipends in the amount of $150 gross per day for participants off contract attending/completing the Schoology from District Title I carryover. Agreements/Contracts

• agreement with the Community Action Partnership of North Alabama, Inc. to furnish meals for the Head Start programs in the Blount County School system from Aug. 1, 2020, through July 31, 2021.

• contract with Jodi B. Lucas to perform school evaluations, referrals, eligibilities, and preschool reports from Aug. 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.

• memorandum of agreement with Kimberly Goodwin and the Alabama State Department of Education beginning July 1 and continuing for up to three years.

• contracts for Child Nutrition Program staff to work during the Summer Feeding Program as needed in the preparation, service, documentation, and delivery of meals beginning July 6 and ending July 24.

• contract with Koorsen Fire & Security for the Child Nutrition Program’s kitchen hood suppression system inspection.

• agreement with NCS Pearson, Inc. for webinar training during the summer.

• contract with Lynn Ponder to provide occupational therapy evaluations beginning June 30 and ending July 31.

• Hayden Elementary’s contract with Aja Ralph to inventory assets during the month of July. Resignations

• Rhonda Adams, teacher at J.B. Pennington.

• Lisa Butler, school counselor at Southeastern.

• Sharon Nelms, utility school bus driver.

• Lindsey Jeter Oliver, teacher at Hayden Middle.

• Amanda Self, family and consumer science teacher at J.B. Pennington. Transfers

• Ashley Faile from elementary teacher at Southeastern to elementary teacher at Appalachian.

• Ana Victoria Mills from family and consumer science teacher at Cleveland to the same position at J.B. Pennington.

• Amanda Lauren Farmer from special education aide at J.B. Pennington to family and consumer science teacher at Cleveland. Employment (certified)

• Blakley Appleton as elementary teacher at Susan Moore.

• Andrea Collins as math teacher at J.B. Pennington.

• Belton Lee Ellis, Sr. as high school science teacher at Susan Moore.

• Angel Sharp as English language arts teacher at Hayden Middle.

• Shelby Speegle as high school math teacher at Hayden.

• William Reid Tidwell as high school math teacher at Locust Fork (contingent upon certification).

• Shaynon McGahee as math teacher at J.B. Pennington.

Employment (classified)

• Kasey Campbell as school bookkeeper at Hayden Elementary.

• Kayla Duncan Chris and Magan Trammell as floating school nurses for Blount County Schools.

• Brittany McLeod as school bus aide for Blount County Learning Center.

• Lori Johnson Nix as physical education aide at Hayden Middle.

• Tiffany Brooke Northcutt as special education aide at Blount County Learning Center. Leaves of absence

• Susan Allred, CNP employee at Southeastern, beginning July 30 and ending Aug. 17.

• Cynthia Crook, custodian at Hayden Primary, beginning June 1 and ending Sept. 30. Other

• allow Southeastern to open a bank account in the name of Southeastern Touchdown Club. The account will be solely used for participating in the GiveButter fundraising opportunity.

• allow the Cleveland High School Booster Club to borrow $15,000 from HomeTown Bank of Alabama to finish the baseball and softball fields.

• allow Cleveland High School to host a camp for junior high and varsity cheerleaders July 27 through 29. Universal Cheerleaders will direct the camp.

All members of the board were present. The next regular board meeting is Wednesday, July 22, at 1 p.m., at the district central office adjacent to the courthouse in Oneonta.