School board to discuss supplements

Published 3:57 pm Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Chilton County Board of Education will hold a work session and special meeting to discuss and vote on supplements for the 2015-16 school year, and end-of-the-year financials.

The work session will be held at 1 p.m. Oct. 28 at the central office, and the special meeting will follow at 4 p.m.

Approval of supplements was included on the agenda for Tuesday’s regular meeting, but at the beginning of the meeting, the item was struck from the agenda and it was announced that a work session would be held.

Supplements are typically paid to coaches and other employees who take on responsibilities beyond their regular teaching duties.

The work session could also address the status of Thorsby baseball and girls basketball coach Ab Argent. Several student-athletes and their parents attended the meeting Monday in support of Argent.

Mike Sellers addressed the board and Superintendent of Education Tommy Glasscock about Argent, saying Argent had been cleared of ethics charges and asking if he would be allowed to resume his duties as coach.

Supplements must be renewed each fiscal year, at the request of principals.

Glasscock said he had not yet had a chance to review all of the school system’s supplements and present a recommendation to the board, which led to the scheduling of the work session and special meeting.

Board member Joe Mims was absent from Monday’s meeting.

The payment of supplements was also discussed during the meeting.

Since the board has yet to approve supplements, none should have been paid for the current fiscal year. However, board member Linda Hand said she contacted six coaches, all of whom said they had received supplement pay.

Glasscock and other school system officials said they would look into the issue.

In other business, the board:

•Approved the payrolls and account payables.

•Approved minutes from the previous meeting.

•Approved special education program requests.

•Approved leave requests for Sheila Rhodes, Isabella High School, from Oct. 1 until Dec. 23; and Jessica Howland, Jemison High School, from Dec. 7 to Feb. 29, 2016.

•Approved federal program requests.

•Approved curriculum coordinator requests.

•Approved personnel actions, including new employees/transfer employees Jonathan Saunders as technology specialist I at the central office, Ronnie Walker as CNP employee at Chilton County High School, Jerry Deavers as bus driver for a Clanton route with the transportation department, Jason Lucas as a bus driver for a Jemison route with the transportation department, Leeann Land as a bus driver for a Jemison route with the transportation department, Clark Thompson as a bus driver for a Jemison special needs route with the transportation department, and Rita Jones as a bus aide for a Jemison special needs route with the transportation department; the substitute list; and resignations from Tammy Hayes, Clanton Elementary, effective Sept. 30, and Stephanie Lowmiller, Clanton Elementary, effective Oct. 15.

•Approved the amendment to participant district agreement between the Tallassee Board of Education and Chilton County.

•Approved the placement of two students at PASS Academy for the remainder of the school year upon completion of court-ordered boot camp.

•Approved the selection of Joe Mims and Curtis Smith to serve as delegates and Jim Shannon to serve as an alternate to represent the board at the AASB Delegate Assembly on Dec. 3 in Birmingham.

•Approved the creation of a dual enrollment committee with initial members to be: BOE representatives Lori Patterson and Nichelle Bulger-Johnson, student representatives Lauren Wyatt of Thorsby and Mackenzie Roller of Verbena, parent representatives Angie McGee and Maurice Lynn, and teacher representatives Robin Gray of Jemison and Jaime Bee of Chilton County High School. Shannon asked why there was no representative from Isabella, and Patterson said one could be added.

•Approved the amendment of Section 6.1.2(d) of the Chilton County Schools Policy Manual, to allow the superintendent to accommodate migrant, immigrant or homeless students.

‚Ä¢Approved several items as part of the superintendent’s report.

The board approved school and shop requests, including:

•Clanton Intermediate School: Approval for Angela Deamues and Tracy Brown to supervise two resource/compass rooms and early morning detention as needed for the remainder of the school year at a cost of $119.69 each per month, to be paid by the PTO.

•Clanton Elementary School: Approval to hire Monique Harton and Chelsea White as teachers for TIGER Trails afterschool program on an as-needed basis.

•Clanton Middle School: Approval for Vickey Grooms, Kalee Culpepper and Casey Meank to sponsor a trip for students and chaperones to visit Washington D.C. and the Williamsburg/Jamestown area from Nov. 6-11.

•Chilton County High School: Approval for Ray Sosa, CTSO sponsor, to sponsor a trip for students and chaperones to attend the NYC DECA Experience in New York on Nov. 30 through Dec. 6; and approval for the Clanton Evening Lions Club to use the cafeteria and auditorium on Oct. 17 for the Miss Chilton County Pageant; and approval for Fran Pinson, business education teacher, to sponsor a trip for students and chaperones to attend the Fourth Annual Titans Learning Lab in Nashville on Nov. 10.

•Jemison High School: Approval for Kryptonite Softball to use the softball field on Tuesdays beginning in September for practice; and approval for Dixie Youth to use the football field as needed for youth events.

•Thorsby School: Approval for Thorsby First Baptist Church to use the high school football stadium free of charge on Oct. 18 for a family festival.

•Transportation department: Approval for Seth Knight to be paid $15 per day for the time between vocational routes, retroactive to Aug. 12.