Summer school dates set


The Blount County Career Technical Center will host two sessions of summer school/credit recovery program for the Blount County system during the month of June. The sessions were made official after approval by the Blount County Board of Education during last week’s meeting.

The sessions – one each for elementary and secondary – will begin on June 4. The elementary session will end on June 15 (10 instructional days) while the secondary session will end on June 22 (15 instructional days).

Cost will be $175 for elementary tuition while secondary tuition will be $175 per one-half credit hour with a maximum of one credit allowed per student.

Johnny Pullen was approved by the board as the administrator for the summer sessions with Sara Hallman to work as bookkeeper. Glenn Puckett will be the administrative assistant.

Gail Burgett was hired to teach elementary while Terri Hubauer, Shane Richards, Conny Lowery, Kateland West, Caleb Salamone, Christy Stidham, and Nancy Caffee will work as secondary teachers. Heather Smith will work as the school nurse.

The Blount County Career Tech Center will also serve as the host for the system’s Summer ACCESS (Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators, and Students Statewide) program.

The ACCESS program will begin July 11 and end on July 31 (30 instructional days).

A minimum of 13 students must be enrolled for the program to be offered.

For more information about the two summer programs, call the Blount County Board of Education at 625-4102.

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

•approved a lease agreement with Community Action Partnership of North Alabama Inc. for one Head Start classroom located at Hayden Primary School for the period from July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2017. A copy of the agreement is on file in the superintendent’s office.

•approved a lease agreement with Community Action Partnership of North Alabama Inc. for one Head Start classroom and playground area at Blountsville Elementary School for the period from June 1, 2012, through Jun1, 2014.

•entered into a dual-enrollment agreement with Snead State Community College.

•contracted with Jordan Hock to assist in the preparation of textbooks and workbooks for distribution from May 29, 2012, through Aug. 17, 2012. She will be paid $10 per hour, not to exceed $1,000, from the general fund.

•contracted with Tammy McMinn and Terri Bailey to provide homebound services to students through the end of the current school year. Each will be paid $25 per hour plus travel reimbursement from the general fund.

•granted leaves of absence to two system employees.

•accepted the retirement resignation of Hayden High Child Nutrition Program employee Betty J. Brand, effective June 1, 2012.

Finally, the board approved Expanding Horizons 2 Summer Program, which will be presented this summer in partnership with the Blount County Education Foundation.

The program will allow students to have access to libraries this summer at selected schools throughout the county system.

In addition, there will be several camps held for elementary and secondary students during the months of June and July. Most camps will be held in school libraries, although the Frank Green Building in Oneonta will also host camps on baking bread.

Several system employees will conduct the camps, along with Danna Standridge and Dan Porch with the Blount County Extension System.

Present at the May 7 meeting were board members Gregg Armstrong, Chris Latta, Bruce McAfee, Jackie Sivley, and Craig Johnson, Carr, assistant superintendent Rodney Green, board secretary Karla Latham, and several visitors.