The Blount County Board of Education approved a bid of $170,500 from S&G Waldrop Electric Inc. of Bessemer for new baseball field lights for Southeastern High School.
Work is expected to be done by the spring, according to Superintendent Rodney Green.
“We hope to have it installed by Christmas and I’m sure poles and the lights themselves will be ordered soon,”he said. “Construction should be later this fall.”
Green said that Southeastern will be the host school for the 2018 Blount County High School Baseball Tournament next spring.
In other business, the board accepted the recommendations of Green and:
approved a $3,896 payment for the board’s 2017-2018 Alabama Trust Fund for Boards of Education ATBE Fund Contribution.
entered into an agreement with Lean Frog to facilitate a stakeholder-driven strategic planning process that will produce a new five-year strategic plan for Blount County Schools.
entered into an agreement with Mindvolt to develop a comprehensive branding system for Blount County Schools.
entered into an agreement with Behavioral ONE LLC for as-needed professional education consultation services.
contracted with Lindsay Jeter and Sara Martin to provide homebound services to students. Each will be paid at the board-approved rate from IDEA Part B and/or general funds.
contracted with Gloria Collins, Kelsey Anne Parrish and Caleb Salamone to provide tutoring services to Cleveland High students from Oct. 1, 2017, to May 25, 2018. Each will be paid $25 per hour, not to exceed $650 total, from Title 1 FY18 funds.
contracted with Kara Green to provide intervention services to Appalachian School students from Oct. 2, 2017, through May 24, 2018. She will be paid at the board-approved rate from the school’s local funds.
contracted with Linda T. Johnson to serve as a district reading specialist from Oct. 2, 2017, through Sept. 30, 2018. She will be paid at her daily rate, not to exceed $10,355.76 total, from Title 1 FY18 funds.
contracted with Ida Burton to provide translation services on an as-needed basis from Oct. 6, 2017, through Sept. 30, 2018. She will be paid $20 per hour from 2018 State EL and Title 1 FY18 funds.
contracted with Dr. Rhonda Poling to provide counseling to students referred by various schools and/or by the county social worker for individual counseling sessions from Oct. 1, 2017, through Sept. 30, 2018. She will be paid $100 per session, not to exceed $10,000, from Title 1 FY2018 funds.
contracted with Dr. Rhonda Poling to provide counseling to students attending the Blount County Alternative School and to provide follow-up sessions during the summer months as needed from Oct. 1, 2017, through Sept. 30, 2018. She will be paid $250 per session, not to exceed $5,000, from Title 1 FY 2018 funds.
entered into a copier lease agreement with Xerox through TCPN, a national government purchasing cooperative, for the special education department at the Blount County Learning Center. The 36-month contract begins Oct. 1, 2017.
allowed Southeastern School to contract with Picaboo Yearbooks for the 2017-2018 elementary and high school yearbook publications. The contracts will be paid from the school’s local funds.
allowed Susan Moore High to contract with Loft 212, LLC, of Cullman as the venue for the 2017-2018 prom. All costs associated with this contract will be paid from the school’s local funds.
allowed J.B. Pennington to extend the paper contract with Riley Business Products through Sept. 20, 2019.
allowed Cleveland High to contract with Tony Glen Morgan to provide music for the school’s homecoming dance on Oct. 20, 2017. The contract will be paid from the school’s junior class account.
allowed the Cleveland High varsity cheerleaders to hold Mini Me camp for Cleveland Elementary students (K-6). All proceeds from this camp will go to the varsity cheerleader camp.
allowed Cleveland High and J.B. Pennington to pay Child Nutrition Program employees – Betty Hock and Linda Robertson, Cleveland; Amanda Johnson and Machelle Wilson, J.B. Pennington – to work approximately two additional hours per week during the football season to prepare pregame meals for the teams. Each will be paid at her hourly rate plus fringe benefits from the schools’ activity funds.
allowed Locust Fork High to contract with Tammy Hollingsworth to run the school’s snack room during the 2017- 2018 school year. The contract will be paid from the school’s local funds.
allowed Locust Fork High to contract with the following individuals during the 2017-2018 school year: Randy Coleman, announce home football games ($100 for varsity, $50 for junior varsity); Adam Edwards, filming football games ($3,500 total); Tammy Hollingsworth, concession work ($5,000 total); and Keith Mullins, concession work ($125 per varsity home game).
accepted the resignations of bus drivers James Freeman (Southeastern) and Brandi Shelton (Hayden).
granted leaves of absence to six system employees.
transferred utility bus drivers Cynthia Dougherty (to Southeastern route) and David Cochran (Hayden), effective Sept. 6, 2017.
transferred Southeastern bus driver Troy Wayne Guin to Appalachian.
hired as bus drivers: Fredericka Kaye Thomas, Cleveland High, and Devin Belcher, Southeastern.
hired Cynthia Hollis, school bus aide, Blount County Learning Center; Jazmin Chavez Lopez, EL instructional aide, system wide; and Magan Trammell RN, substitute school nurse, for the 2017- 2018 school year.
agreed to pay salary supplements for the 2017-2018 school year based on written requests from principals for athletic coaches, cheerleader sponsors, band directors and persons assigned to maintain the athletic program fields during the summer months. These supplements are based upon the board-approved supplement list and do not include supplements paid from local school funds.
approved the following supplement requests from principals to pay for the 2017-2018 school year from local funds: Hayden High – Keith Akers, Andrew McKinney and Sherman Matthew Murphree ($500 each) mowing grass and general campus upkeep, Keith Register ($7,000 annually) athletic administration duties and summer program. J.B. Pennington – Cecil Todd Cassity ($5,418.40 annually), coaching. Southeastern – Amy Gunn ($750 annually), yearbook. Susan Moore High – Amy Hill ($800 annually), yearbook, Farrell Walker ($1,500 annually), C2C administrator.
allowed the Cleveland High Band Booster Club to pay Sonja Duffel a $750 supplement to work with the band auxiliary during the 2017-2018 school year. The supplement and all associated costs will be paid from the club’s funds.
allowed the J.B. Pennington Band Booster Club to pay Amanda Darnell a $400 supplement to act as a guard clinic instructor for the 2017-2018 school year. The supplement and all associated benefits will be paid from the club’s funds.
allowed the J.B. Pennington Touchdown Club to pay a $350 supplement to Daniel Allison to work as an assistant football coach during the 2017- 2018 school year. The supplement and all associated costs will be paid from the club’s funds.
approved the following non-compensated volunteers for the 2017-2018 school year: Appalachian High – Fred Cochran, Lauren Cornelius, Danny Davis, Jason Lancaster, Eugene Martin, Will McKinney, Blake Walker, John Micah Whited and Andrew Whittington. Cleveland High – Shane Branham, Ashton Nicole Clemons, Nathan Fallin, Randy Fallin, Ryan Fortenberry, Ned Fortenberry, Peyton Gilliland, Jason Grigsby, Jason Hawkins, Miranda Hulsey, John Michael Lauderdale, Chris Longshore, Darryl Painter, Kevin Roddam, Scott Sandlin, Tammy Thigpen, James Watson and Lori Williamson. Hayden High – Brian Benton, Brett Chappell, Brian Cochran, Charlsie Moss, Matthew Southern and Michael Owens Yarbrough. J.B. Pennington – Jim Goble, Jeff Floyd, Davis Kiger, Hannah Kirkland, Jonathan Ogle, Jamie Medlock, Roy Burns Sanderson, Chris Self and Tracy Tidwell. Locust Fork High – Mike Clevenger, Drew Dutton, Gage Farley, Kim Hollis, Jeff Hood, Charlie Horn, Derek Moon, Ellis Riley, George Yaw and Adam Youngblood. Southeastern – Steve Mundi and Keith Wadsworth. Susan Moore High – Pamela Casey, Zac Chacon, Lee Ellison, Brad Holland, Brian Ingram, Dale Ingram, Sam Ingram, Patrick Jones, William “Billy” Smith, Bobby Waddle and Justin Waddle.
Finally, the board approved the following field trips: Nov. 2-5, 2017, three Appalachian High agri-science students to the Alabama National Fair in Montgomery; Nov. 8-13, 2017, three Appalachian High students to the North American International Livestock Expo in Louisville, Ky; Dec. 1-3, 2017, three Appalachian High agri-science students to the Auburn University FFA Steer and Heifer Show; April 30 – May 2, 2018, 173 Hayden Middle fifth-grade students to Camp McDowell in Jasper.
Present at the Sept. 5 meeting were board members Chris Latta, Bruce McAfee, Jackie Sivley, Ken Benton and Bill Ferry, board secretary Karla Latham and several guests.