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BOE hears CCHS gym update, approves personnel changes

Published 4:44pm Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Chilton County Board of Education heard a report from Chilton County Schools Superintendent Dave Hayden during a regular meeting Tuesday regarding efforts to clean Chilton County High School’s gymnasium floor.

About two weeks ago, students allegedly entered the gym after regular school hours and sprayed the contents of a fire extinguisher onto the floor.

Fire extinguishers contain pressurized chemicals used to control fires that could damage surfaces they come in contact with, such as the CCHS gym floor.

An incident report was filed with the Clanton Police Department, and at the time, Hayden said criminal charges or a civil lawsuit could follow.

He also said he was contacting companies that provide cleaning services for chemicals such as those in fire extinguishers to find out how much cleaning would cost.

On Tuesday, Hayden told the board that parents of students allegedly involved in the incident agreed to pay, and paid, $4,300 to have the gym floor cleaned.

“I don’t anticipate any further action other than [CCHS Principal Cynthia] Stewart’s punishment on-site,” Hayden said. “There was a possibility of a civil lawsuit or criminal charges, but as far as I’m concerned, we can put that down.”

In other business, the board made numerous personnel decisions regarding resignations and employees in new positions.

The board approved the following resignations:

•Bridget Hand, payroll bookkeeper/purchasing agent/board clerk at the Central Office, effective April 30.

•Ginger F. Head, teacher at Clanton Intermediate, effective May 23.

•Brenda Jones, cafeteria assistant at Jemison Elementary, effective May 23.

•Tamela S. Lewis, counselor at Chilton County High School, effective June 1.

•Susan K. McCary, media specialist at Clanton Elementary, effective May 23.

•Linda McKinney, teacher at Jemison Elementary, effective May 23.

•George Martin, band director at Jemison High, effective May 23.

•Lynn Richardson, teacher at Clanton Middle, effective June 1.

•Pamela K. Roy, teacher at Chilton County High, effective May 23.

•Shirley B. Waites, media specialist at Thorsby, effective May 23.

•James Morrison, Jemison Middle, effective May 23.

The board approved employees at the following locations:

•Clanton Elementary School: Robin Jackson, Collaborative Education teacher; Jaclyn Porter, Early Childhood Special Education preschool teacher; and Angela Reid, secretary.

•Clanton Middle School: Thomas Eason, custodian (12 months); and Kelly Rozelle, Language Arts teacher.

•Isabella: Kateland Lloyd, elementary teacher; Emily Bedgood, English teacher; and Benton Morton, science teacher (secondary – grades 7-12), transfer from Jemison High.

•Jemison Elementary School: Wessica Wargo, elementary teacher; and Bridget Smith, Special Education teacher, transfer from regular education teacher.

•Jemison Middle School: Patrick Austin Hardiman, elementary teacher; and Katie Maddox, elementary teacher.

•Jemison High School: Janice Bolton, cafeteria assistant, transfer from Verbena; Meagan Grier, cafeteria assistant; Jessica Howland, mathematics teacher; Callie Martin, secretary (9 1/2 months); Bridget Hand, secretary/bookkeeper (10 months), effective May 1; and Brandon Gurganus, Social Science teacher.

•Maplesville: Jamie DeLoach, cafeteria assistant; Crystal Bailey, counselor, transfer from teaching position at MHS); and Joshua Averett, mathematics teacher.

•Thorsby High School: Joy Hicks, Family and Consumer Science teacher.

•Verbena High School (grades K-12): Christy Coggins, cafeteria assistant; and Jennifer Shemekia Cooper, mathematics teacher.

•Central Office: Nancy Smith, payroll bookkeeper/purchasing agent/board clerk, effective May 1.

•Transportation Department: Carolyn Wallace, bus driver, Jemison route.

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