BOE approves school requests, personnel changes

Published 3:39 pm Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Chilton County Board of Education approved school requests and personnel decisions during its last regular meeting before the 2014–2015 school year starts in August.

The board approved for the town of Thorsby to use the property in front of Thorsby School on Sept. 1 for a Labor Day fireworks show.

The show was originally planned for July Fourth but was postponed because of inclement weather.

The show will begin at nightfall Sept. 1.

Regarding personnel decisions, the board approved the following resignations:

•Judy R. Finlayson, teacher at Clanton Middle School, effective May 23.

•Danielle Allen, pre-K teacher assistant (OSR) at Clanton Elementary School, effective July 6.

•Juliana Delgado, collaborative education at Clanton Elementary School, effective July 11.

•Larry N. Lee, science teacher at Clanton Middle School, effective July 14.

•Kelli Muncher, counselor/interventionist at Clanton Middle School, effective July 15.

•J. Elizabeth Odom, science teacher at Jemison High School, effective July 10.

•Janine Speaks, secretary (9 1/2 months) at Chilton County High School, effective July 15.

The board approved the following employees:

Chilton County High School

•Nicole Ivey (transfer from teacher), .5 unit assistant principal/.5 unit mathematics teacher.

•Mystie Posey, mathematics teacher.

•Gregory Gault, social science teacher.

•Clint Pitchford, social science teacher.

Clanton Elementary School (grades K-2)

•Janet Murphy, elementary teacher.

Clanton Intermediate School

•Chelsea Guerin, collaborative education teacher.

Clanton Middle School (grades 6-8)

•Vikii Mims, Chilton Alternative Program teacher.

Isabella High School (grades K-12)

•Jill Green, .5 counselor/.5 interventionist.

Jemison Elementary School (grades K-4)

•Lynn Plier, custodian (12 months/8 hours per day).

•Courtney Adams, elementary teacher.

•Kristin Clements (transfer from CIS), elementary teacher.

•Kacey Davis, elementary teacher.

•Andrew Blake Maddox, elementary teacher.

•Laura Wooten-Stuman, elementary teacher.

Maplesville (grades K-12)

•Daphne Green, part-time custodian (12 months/4 hours per day)

Thorsby High (grades K-12)

•Laura Rinsky, counselor.

•Mandy Williams, school nurse.

Verbena High (grades K-12)

•Stephanie Doss, cafeteria assistant.

•Magenn McGriff, elementary teacher.

•David Stegall, mathematics teacher.

Bus Shop

•Scott Penton, bus driver, Clanton route.

The board also approved the following personnel recommendations:

•To remove Rebecca Hubbard from the substitute list.

•To approve Heather Smith’s request for a leave of absence from a paraprofessional position at Clanton Elementary School from Aug. 18 to Dec. 19.

•To post a four-hour-per-day custodian at CES.

The board heard from Angela Johns with Community Action Agency of Central Alabama about a request to consider allowing the Head Start program to use space at Clanton Elementary School.

The E.M. Henry Head Start Center was shut down in January for fire code violations.

Johns said the program would not “compete” with the school’s pre-K program but would provide similar educational opportunities for 3- and 4-year-olds.

“We serve the population that is at or below the income poverty guidelines,” Johns said. “We do use the same curriculum, the same assessment tool, and we have voluntarily implemented the same standards as pre-K for our classroom operations.”

Johns said attempts to find a rental property that was affordable considering the grant and budget were unsuccessful.

“We did find three classrooms that would have been over $5,000 a month for rent,” Johns said. “We are flat funded through a grant, and we just could not accommodate that.”

Board president Lori Patterson said Johns’ request would be considered.

In other business, the board:

•Approved payrolls and account payables for the month of June 2014.

•Approved the minutes of the previous meeting.

•Approved monthly financial statement and bank reconciliations of Central Office for May and June 2014 as presented by Chief Financial Officer Steve Yeargan.

•Approved to reject all bids on paving at Chilton County High School.

•Approved transportation department requests.

•Approved Special Education Program requests.

•Approved Child Nutrition Program requests.

•Approved substitute employees for the 2014-2015 school year.

•Approved for Ray Sosa, Debra Sosa and DECA students to attend the NYC DECA Experience in New York City from Dec. 2–7.

•Approved to post vacancies.

•Approved to eliminate the lunch bus route at Verbena High School because it was not needed.

•Approved to pay the Alabama Counsel of School Board Attorneys dues of $310 for 2014-2015.