Verbena principal to transfer to Clanton Middle

Published 10:08 pm Friday, April 24, 2015

The transfer of Verbena Principal Kelvin Boulware to Clanton Middle School was approved Tuesday at a meeting of the Chilton County Board of Education.

CMS Principal Donny Finlayson is retiring at the end of the school year.

Boulware’s voluntary transfer, which Superintendent Tommy Glasscock recommended as part of his superintendent’s report at the meeting, was approved despite concern and confusion.

Glasscock’s original recommendation was for the transfer to take place before the end of the current school year, but some board members said they were concerned about Verbena being left without a principal.

Glasscock said Verbena vice-principal Dwight Swindle would have assumed those responsibilities.

Board members were also concerned about Boulware’s salary, since policy calls for a higher salary for a high school principal than that for a middle school principal.

Glasscock revised his recommendation to include language about the change in pay taking place immediately, and with the transfer being dated July 1.

The transfer was approved by a vote of 4-2. Board members Linda Hand, Curtis Smith, Lori Patterson and Joe Mims voted in favor, while board members Keith Moore and Jim Shannon voted in opposition. Board member Pam Price abstained from the vote.

In other business, the board:

•Approved the March financial statements and bank reconciliations of the central office as presented by Steve Yeargan, chief financial officer.

•Approved the March payrolls and accounts payable.

•Approved the minutes of the previous meeting.

•Approved child nutrition program requests.

•Approved school/shop requests, including:

Jemison High School: Permission for Raynette Ellison to attend Level III of theh Prostart Training for Culinary Arts Education in Indianapolis, Indiana, the week of July 12-17; approval of Tyler Kelley as a long-term substitute (at a rate of $71.25 per day) for Sabrina Hayes effective April 2 for the remainder of the school year; and permission for Robin Gray and the archery team to attend the National Archery Competition in Louisville, Ky., on May 7-8.

Maplesville: Permission for Vicki Anz to use the school auditorium for a dance recital on May 14, pending submission of proof of insurance.

Thorsby: Permission for Julie Bentley to be approved as a danceline/colorguard volunteer instructor.

LeCroy Center: Permisson for students from the STEM Academy to travel to Dallas, Texas on June 28 through July 3 to compete in the National Technology Student Association Conference.

Bus shop: Permission for the Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association to use up to five buses for educational tours on Nov. 19.

Maintenance shop: Permission to employ the following summer workers at a rate of $10 per hour: Hunter Bennett, Trent Smith, Tyler Brooks, Deven George, Neal Ousley and Hunter Veazy.

•Approved the use of a school bus for First United Methodist Church to transport preschool children to Clanton Elementary School on April 29.

•Approved the class-size reduction report.

•Approved ELL summer camps at Clanton Elementary and Jemison Elementary schools.

•Approved moving Terry Clark from the position of Maintenance III to Maintenance II as of April 1.

•Approved the leave request of Paula Katherine Hand, teacher at Maplesville, catastrophic, effective April 13.

•Accepted the following resignations: Warrene Chaney, teacher at Clanton Middle School, effective May 22; Judy Hale, teacher at Thorsby, effective May 22; Teena Jones, assistant to the superintendent at the central office, effective June 1; Bobby Keith Powers, counselor at Jemison High School, effective June 30; Donna Threlkeld Velasquez, teacher at Clanton Intermediate School, effective May 22; Kimberly Moore, media specialist at Verbena High School, effective May 23; Joyce Ellen Bird, special education teacher at Verbena High School, effective May 22; Kerri Stallings, bookkeeper at Verbena, effective May 6.

•Approved homebound requests for three students.

•Approved placing nine students in the PASS program.

•Approved Chilton County High School Summer School schedule and cost. The first session will last from June 1-0, and the second session will last from July 1-30. Classes will be held Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost will be $400 per class for out-of-county students, $300 per class for out-of-county students and $200 per student for drivers education.

•Approved summer school teachers: Emily Driver, mathematics; Lynsey Carden, mathematics; Kelley Maddox, history; Jane Cleckler, English; Daryl Davis, Deon Timmons and Jeff Woodley, driver education.

•Approved the non-renewal list.

•Approved the list of employees.

•Approved converting the part-time co-op position at Chilton County High School to a full-time position at LeCroy Career Technical Center. Ray Sosa was approved, as part of the superintendent’s report, to change from part-time to full-time along with the position.

•Approved awarding Bid No. 15-11 for paint services.

•Approved posting of vacancies as needed.

•Approved placing a part-time qualified contract teacher to instruct the literature components required for dual enrollment credit in English 101 and 102 at Jefferson State Community College in Clanton.