Board of Education approves leave requests, resignations, employees

Published 9:17 am Friday, February 20, 2015

The Chilton County Board of Education approved several personnel-related matters at its meeting Tuesday, including leave requests, resignations and employees.

Employees approved included Christy Mims as assistant principal (grades 8-12) at Jemison High School, Allison Smith as secretary to the superintendent at the central office, and Jerrod Dennis as parts manager at the bus shop.

Resignations included Deanna Roper, teacher at Maplesville, effective Feb. 27; Summer Ard, teacher at Clanton Elementary, effective Feb. 18; Thomas Eason, custodian at Clanton Middle, effective Feb. 13; and Jamie Culp, bus driver, effective March 1.

Leave requests included Brenda Bates, teacher at Thorsby, family and medical, from Feb. 2-23; Ken Copen, teacher at Thorsby, military, beginning Feb. 6; Phillip Goodwin, teacher at Jemison High, catastrophic, beginning Jan. 26; Sabrina Hayes, teacher at Jemison High, maternity, from March 30 through the remainder of the school year; Vikii Mims, teacher at Chilton Alternative Program, catastrophic, for the remainder of the school year; Catherine Porter, teacher at Jemison Elementary, maternity, beginning April 3 through the remainder of the school year; and Gerald Stamps, teacher at Clanton Middle, catastrophic, for the remainder of the school year.

After three executive sessions, the board approved a five-day suspension without pay for Thorsby teacher Lisa Ready, and to accept the resignation of Jemison teacher and athletic director Jacob Hogan if it was received, to be effective March 17. If the resignation was not received, according to the motion, a termination process would be initiated.

Boy Scouts Troop 57, based in Clanton, gave an invocation, presented the colors and led those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance.

In other business, the board:

•Heard from Robert Binion about his desire for more black teachers to be hired by the school system. “I wish you all would address these issues,” Binion said. Superintendent Tommy Glasscock said he would provide a response to Binion.

•Approved the January financial statements and bank reconciliations of the central office as presented by Chief Financial Officer Steve Yeargan.

•Approved the January payrolls and accounts payable.

•Approved the minutes of the Jan. 20 meeting.

•Approved substitute employees.

•Approved child nutrition program requests.

•Approved a payment of $2,057 to Boy Scouts of America for the Learning For Life character education program, with board member Pam Price opposed.

•Approved a homebound request for a Chilton County High School student, for a period of six weeks or longer.

•Approved the system’s data governance and use policy.

•Approved a Chilton County High School student and an Isabella student in Chilton Alternative Program for the remainder of the school year.

•Approved a calendar for the 2015-16 school year (look for more on this in a future edition of The Clanton Advertiser).

•Approved volunteer coaches.

•Approved to post vacancies as needed.

The board also approved school/shop requests, including:

•Chilton County High School: Permission for ACS to use the school auditorium for a pageant on April 9 and 11 at no charge.

•Clanton Elementary School: Permission to make application for two or three additional Pre-K classrooms.

•Clanton Middle School: Permission to use school funds to pay one-time supplements through payroll to Kelly Gaston (archery, $700), Sonja Henley (dance team, $700) and Courtney Smith (dance team, $250).

•Maplesville: Approval of Rebecca Beason as a contract substitute (at a rate of $71.25 per day) for an open position, effective Feb. 2 through the end of the school year.

•Thorsby: Approval of a coaching supplement for Leighsa Robinson, junior high head softball coach, and Nicole Hilyer, varsity assistant softball coach and junior high assistant softball coach.

•Verbena: Permission for Verbena Youth Baseball and Softball to use the school’s softball field for games and grassy areas at the annex and main campus for practice March through May and all fees be waived.

•Bus shop: Permission to use a bus and pay Aaron Little $15 per trip to transport students with disabilities to job sites.

As part of the superintendent’s report, the board approved:

•The use of Title I funds for an after-school tutoring program.

•Dara Norman as interim director at the LeCroy Career Technical Center.

•The hiring of an architect to look at the system’s capital projects.

•To set the salary for an administrative assistant position at $39,000, with board member Jim Shannon opposed.