Teachers of the Year

School board recognizes

Oneonta Teachers of the Year enjoy a light moment with superintendent Michael Douglas. From the left, Jennifer Woods, Jill Phillips, Douglas, and Rhonda Ford. They have taught for two years, 14 years, and 13 years, respectively.

Oneonta Teachers of the Year enjoy a light moment with superintendent Michael Douglas. From the left, Jennifer Woods, Jill Phillips, Douglas, and Rhonda Ford. They have taught for two years, 14 years, and 13 years, respectively.

The Oneonta City Board of Education recognized three Oneonta teachers as Teachers of the Year at its monthly meeting Monday. The three chosen were Jennifer Woods, third grade; Jill Phillips, 7th grade; and Rhonda Ford, 9th-12th grade algebra/geometry. The teachers were selected by vote of their peers in the elementary, middle and high schools respectively.

In its business session, the board approved financial reports from November and December, along with the superintendent’s recommendations for January.

Recommendations approved included:

• Three high school field trips: one to the Blount County Courthouse, and two field trips to Georgia – one for social studies and one for physics

• A middle school field trip to Camp Cosby

• An elementary school field trip to the zoo

• Accepting four out-of-district students, two for elementary school and two for high school

• Use of the auditorium for the Miss Palisades Pageant

• Adding Ed Palmer as volunteer assistant coach for high school track

• Adding Tyler Woodham as assistant coach for girls high school soccer

• Contracting for services with Youth Advocate Programs for 2015

• Budget amendment to reclassify certain grant receipts recently received.

ACT report

In his monthly report to the board, Douglas summarized results from the 2014 ACT Aspire test for third- to eighth-graders and the 2014 ACT Plan test for 10th-graders, comparing them to the Alabama Reading and Math Test (ARMT) taken prior to 2013. Douglas pointed out a highlight of the recent-published ACT Plan results: Oneonta 10th-graders finished in the top 10 school systems statewide in all three tested categories – English, Math, and Science.

Douglas summarized performance of outof district students enrolled in the Oneonta system, with 387 such students currently enrolled – 26 percent of a total of 1486. Their average GPA is 3.4, their average ACTcomposite score is 24, 75 percent are involved in athletics or band, and their ranks include two valedictorians, he said.

Douglas also referred to the need to complete the strategic plan currently in progress. Some input surveys are already complete (superintendent and administrators), some in progress (teachers), and some still pending (students, parents, and board members). The plan will be discussed further at the board’s upcoming work session, with completion tentatively expected by the end of this term.

Board members present were Don Maples, Ricky Hicks, Steve Anderton, and Patrick Adams. Jimmy Stewart was absent.