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Board gives OK for new school plan

Plans for the new Jemison Intermediate School were approved yesterday by the Chilton County Board of Education.

School Superintendent Keith Moore said the design of the new school will be similar to Clanton Middle School and will be one of the larger buildings in the school system.

The board also heard from Dr. Neil Hyche with the Alabama Department of Education. Hyche gave a report on Moore’s professional development, focusing on his management skills. Hyche said Moore’s score was a 49 out of 52.

“That’s a very good score. Most superintendents usually score 44, 46 or 47,” Hyche said. “Mr. Moore and the board of education should be commended.”

In other business, the board:

requested bids on copier paper.

approved the substitute employee list.

approved a bid to purchase a steam cooker.

reimbursed three days of sick leave to Blake Edwards due to allergies related to his working environment.

approved Isabella volunteer coaches Angie Lawley (volleyball and basketball), Ralph Edwards (football and baseball), Mary Bean-Roberts (volleyball) and Lee Windham (volleyball).

designated Christopher Johnson to handle student problems when the LeCroy Career/Tech director is away from campus.

will pay $5,144 to cover cost of printing DIBELS progress monitoring booklets.

paid $8,800 for regular SSA system membership dues.

approved leave requests for Maria B. Porter, Odessa Underwood and Pam Knight.

accepted resignations of Clanton bus driver Belinda Boyles (Aug. 31) and energy manager Tommy Glasscock.

approved Pamela Bearden’s request to change her teaching contract from 10 to nine months.

allowed Wallace Community College Selma to use CCHS to offer college courses this fall.

contracted Elizabeth Billingsley at $25 per hour on an as-needed basis to help with the budget and audit preparations.

hired teacher Kevin Boulware (Chilton Alternative Program – transfer); special education teacher Robin Payant (Jemison High); agriscience teacher Barbara Hendrix (Maplesville); math teacher Chad Harrison (Maplesville); volunteer assistant coaches Justin Little and Josh Leonard (Maplesville); cafeteria assistant Shelly Lowery (Verbena); and science teacher Jeff Tatum (Verbena).

posted vacancies on an emergency basis for seven days. The board will meet Aug. 28 at 8:30 a.m. to hire these new employees.

posted the energy manager’s job.

approved homebound services for Amy Cleckley.

approved a contract with Susan Fulton for $20,000 in the special education department.

voted to hire a part-time counselor for LeCroy.

approved using the buses to transport students to the annual career fair on Sept. 10 from 8:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at LeCroy.

changed all teacher contracts to 187-day working days and also added language to say the board will reimburse teachers for expenses in attending required workshops.

allowed Moore and transportation supervisor Joe Dennis to address problems with overcrowding on buses.

voted to sell a house in Verbena that the board owns to someone who will move the house off the property.

– Brent Maze can be reached at brent.maze@clantonadvertiser.com