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School board elects officers (updated)

The Chilton County Board of Education elected officers for 2014 on Tuesday.

Board president Lori Patterson was re-elected president.

Patterson was nominated by board member Pam Price. All board members voted in favor of her as president.

Board member Jim Shannon was elected vice-president.

Shannon was nominated by board member Joe Mims. All board members except Price voted in favor of him as vice-president.

The board also approved dates and times for board meetings.

Board members Patterson, Mims, Shannon, Linda Hand, Keith Moore and Curtis Smith voted in favor of all regular meetings being held at 4 p.m. and the annual public meeting in May at 4:30 p.m.

Price voted against the motion and said she wanted the meetings to be later to give people more time to get to them.

The motion to hold all meetings at 4 p.m. except for the annual public meeting passed with a 6-1 majority.

In new business, the board approved to request bids on greenhouses for Jemison Middle and Thorsby schools.

The greenhouse projects will be partially funded by state grants earmarked for vocational education as well as community donations.

Budget figures provided by Career Tech Supervisor Tommy Glasscock indicate one greenhouse could cost about $35,000, and state funding is available.

If state grants do not completely cover project costs, other grants and local equipment money are potential alternative resources.

The board also approved to award bids for re-roofing projects at Chilton County High School and Jemison High School.

The board approved a bid of $1,042,908 million from K.C. Construction for the CCHS project, which will consist of re-roofing the entire school and auditorium.

The board approved a bid of $81,600 from Johns and Kirksey Inc. for the JHS project, which will consist of re-roofing the auditorium.

The architect for both projects is McKee and Associates Architecture and Interior Design.

In other business, the board:

•Approved October 2013 financial statements and bank reconciliations of the Central Office as presented by Chief Financial Officer Steve Yeargan.

•Approved October 2013 payrolls and accounts payable.

•Approved minutes of previous meetings.

•Approved distributing November payroll checks on Tuesday, Nov. 26, before the Thanksgiving holiday.

•Accepted a resignation for Brandi Patterson, cafeteria assistant at Verbena, effective Nov. 4.

•Approved the following leave requests: JoAnna Jones, Isabella, Jan. 29–March 31; Kelley Pace, Jemison Elementary, effective Nov. 14; Amanda J. Price, Chilton County High School, Nov. 25–Jan. 6; and Angela Sanderson, Isabella, Jan. 6–May 23.

•Approved Continuous Improvement Plans for all schools as required by the federal government.

•Approved the Capital Plan Layout Report as of Nov. 13 containing a “wish list” of projects at schools in Chilton County. The report will be sent to the state.

•Approved the at-risk coordinator’s request to post an in-school suspension position at Jemison High School.

•Approved Sylvia Moore as a custodian at Jemison Middle School (grades 5–7), along with the following employees on an emergency basis: a 0.5 unit science teacher at Chilton County High School (grades 9–12); Patricia Mitchell, pre-K teacher assistant (OSR) at Clanton Elementary School (grades K–2); Rachel Collins, Title I Intervention teacher at Jemison Middle School (grades 5–7); and Mystie Posey, secondary math teacher (grades 6–12) at Thorsby (grades K–12).

•Approved to post vacancies.

•Approved the following school/shop requests: Clanton Elementary – Dollene Smith as a contract substitute beginning Oct. 21 for about six weeks, and Janet Murphy as a contract substitute beginning Oct. 30 for about six weeks; Clanton Middle – Thomas Hughes as a volunteer basketball and baseball coach; Jemison Elementary – Courtney Smith as contract substitute effective Nov. 4 through Dec. 20; Jemison Middle – Change nine-month custodian position to a 12-month position and Doug Milligan and Ronnie Parker as assistant football coaches for the 2013 season; Jemison High – Permission for Sandra Cullen and DECA members to attend DECA Marketing Conference in Orlando, Fla. Feb. 5–9; LeCroy Career Technical Center – Permission for Jay LeCroy and the STEM Academy to travel to Dalton, Ga. on Dec. 6–7 to compete in the First Lego League Robotics Challenge.

•Approved AEA delegates Pamela Bearden, Jacqueline Ivey and Donna Velasquez to attend the AEA Assembly Dec. 5–7.

•Approved for a Christmas play to be held at Clanton Intermediate and Clanton Middle schools Nov. 22.