Board recognizes video contest winners

Published 6:57 pm Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Board president Joe Mims, far right, presents an award check to (left to right) Jaime Mitchell and Sabrina Hayes, whose eighth graders at Jemison High School won the video contest “How to Achieve Excellence.”

The Chilton County Board of Education recognized Jemison High School on April 17 for winning a video contest titled “How to Achieve Excellence” in Chilton County.

JHS teachers Sabrina Hayes and Jaime Mitchell led a group of their eighth grade students in creating the video, which may be entered in the state contest.

Board president Joe Mims presented Hayes and Mitchell with an award check on behalf of the board before Tuesday’s meeting.

Chief Financial Officer Steve Yeargan presented a positive financial report for March.

“We’re doing good at this point,” Yeargan said. “We’re a little ahead on the revenue.  We haven’t had any emergencies. We’re about 50 percent of the way there.”

In other business, the board approved for the Alabama Clean Water Partnership to host and coordinate the first annual water festival for fourth grade students in Chilton County for the 2012-2013 school year.

“It’s education relating to water,” Hayden said of the event, which will also teach younger students about water safety.

In addition, the board:

•Approved requests from Chilton County High for permission for the YMCA to use the auditorium April 21 for a ballet recital, and for Clark Watley to receive the baseball supplement for the 2012 season; Clanton Middle for Alison Carter’s resignation as cheerleader sponsor and approval of Beth Meank as interim sponsor; Jemison High for extending Madeline Swindle’s contract substitute position until May 25, and for Robin Gray, Nanette Easterling and Archery Team members to travel to Louisville, Ky. For the NASP National Competition on May 11 and 12; Maplesville for Susan Scott as contract substitute beginning April 2; Verbena for a 36-month lease agreement with Berney Office Solutions for two Xerox copiers at $766 per month; and the Bus Shop to take bids and purchase a service truck and two new driver education cars with proceeds from the 2011 bus sale fund, and to add a special needs bus route for Jemison with employment of a driver and aide.

•Approved Kim Arrington as the new technology coordinator beginning June 1.

•Approved special education program requests to provide extended school year services for special needs students and to solicit donations for materials to build a handicapped accessible ramp for the playground at Isabella.

•Approved Chilton County High School summer school schedule and cost: first session (May 30-June 28), second session (July 20-August 3), out-of-county students ($400), in-county students ($300) and drivers education students ($200).