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Capital One Bowl to have local flair

Maplesville High School varsity cheerleaders will show their Red Devil spirit on a national stage this December.

The Chilton County Board of Education approved a trip to Orlando for the squad to perform at the Capital One Bowl, where a Southeastern Conference football team plays annually.

The girls will begin fundraising soon for the trip lasting between Dec. 28 and Jan. 2.

The board also approved a resolution to grant permission to the Verbena Youth Football League to use the Verbena High School football field Aug. 1 through Dec. 1 for practice and games.

Permission was also given to the Clanton Evening Lions Club to use the Chilton County High School auditorium to host the Miss Alabama Agriculture Pageant on July 31. Practice will be held in the same venue the night before.

The board approved a resolution to distribute July payroll checks on July 29. Members also approved paying the 2010-11 AASB membership dues in the amount of $11,500 and legal assistance fund in the amount of $150.

Resignations were accepted from Jemison Middle School teacher Chris Baker, Clanton Elementary School teacher Ashley Nicole Maddox and Isabella High School speech/language pathologist Cathy Wright.

Verbena High School will continue looking to fill a teaching vacancy after a candidate declined their offer.

Superintendent Keith Moore expressed concerns about Jemison Elementary School providing a crossing guard as traffic increases during the next school year when the new Jemison Intermediate School opens its doors. Moore said the city of Jemison currently pays $400 per month for crossing guard assistance, usually provided by the Jemison Police Department.

Moore suggested the board provide funding to whomever Jemison hires to further assist with school crossing. Members of the board suggested paying the guard for two months as the 2010-11 school year gets situated and traffic dies down. The board would pay the salary, but the employee would answer to city officials’ authority.

The board will hold its next meeting on Aug. 3 at 8 a.m. An expulsion hearing will follow.