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BOE prepares for annual budget

The Chilton County Board of Education will hold two public hearings next month prior to approving its annual budget.

The hearings will be held Thursday, Sept. 2 and Tuesday, Sept. 14 at the central office. Both hearings will begin at 4 p.m.

Members of the general public may request to see information or sign in to make comments or ask questions relating to the budget. Copies of the proposed budget will be available for viewing at the first hearing, and the board will vote on the budget during the second hearing, said Board of Education Chief Financial Officer Steve Yeargan.

Yeargan said that according to law, there must be a minimum of 10 days between the two hearings. The times and dates were approved during a called meeting Tuesday morning.

For more information, call the board office at 280-3000.

In other business, the board will hold a called meeting Thursday, Aug. 5 at 8:30 a.m. to vote on a produce bid for the Child Nutrition Department. There was some confusion about the bid Tuesday, so the measure was tabled for further discussion.

The board also hired Christopher R. Powell as head basketball coach and physical education teacher at Thorsby High, along with the following employees on an emergency basis:

Chilton County High: math teacher Heather Frederick

Clanton Elementary: cafeteria assistant Donya Johnson, custodian Vicki Cleckler, special education teacher Susan Lehman and elementary teachers Hailey D. Dolbare and Elizabeth Jones (CES was also approved to employ a contract teacher assistant with grant money for a new K-4 unit)

Clanton Middle: teacher assistant Jennifer Morris and generalist/language arts teacher Wayne Bartlett.

Isabella: speech language pathologist Heath Edwards and Title I teacher assistant Diane Thrower.

Jemison Elementary: teacher Rachel Woodham.

Jemison High: social science teacher Jeremy Carter and physical education teacher Cecil Ty Riggins.

Maplesville: agriscience teacher Jeremy Keith Moore, custodian Era Burton and elementary teacher Brandi L. Johnston.

Verbena: annex teacher assistant Jessica Jones, collaborative education teacher Jonathan Shedd, custodian Angela Hayes and social studies teacher William B. Smith.

Bus Shop: driver Tina Lewis (Clanton route).