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School employees to receive checks Friday

Chilton County School System employees will receive payroll checks on Friday, the day schools close for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Superintendent of Education Tommy Glasscock wanted to distribute the checks on Friday, but after receiving opposition from board members, formally recommended during Tuesday’s regular meeting that payroll checks be distributed on Dec. 30.

In order to distribute on Dec. 30, the school system would have had to paid staff to do the work, between 8 a.m. and noon.

Board members at the meeting asked why the checks could not be distributed on Friday, and after they were assured that funds would be available, all were in agreement to distribute on Friday as a courtesy of convenience for employees.

An amended recommendation was approved.

In other business, the board:

•Heard from Brian Lucas, sponsor of Thorsby’s FFA program, about success in recent state and national competitions. Several FFA members were also present, and two of them gave an invocation and led attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance.

•Approved Child Nutrition Program requests, including: revise the meal charge policy, and reimburse JoAnn Ratliff sick days from Sept. 21 to Oct. 31.

•Approved federal programs requests, including hiring four contract intervention teachers—one each at Clanton Middle School, Jemison High School, Jemison Middle School and Maplesville High School—three days per week (as decided by each principal) from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a total of 18 hours per week at a rate of $25 per hour for the remainder of the school year.

•Approved leave requests for Heather Green at Jemison Elementary School from Dec. 2 to Feb. 29, 2016; Jessica Howland at Jemison High School from Dec. 7 to Feb. 29, 2016; and Ronald Wise from Oct. 21 to Jan. 4.

•Renewed bids on mop and mat service for additional year at the current bid pricing (the vendor is G&K Services), and welding supplies for an additional year at the current bid pricing (Airgas USA).

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

•Approved payrolls and accounts payable.

•Approved the long-term placement of students in the PASS Academy.

•Approved homebound requests.

•Approved the Technology Department request to seek bids for fiber connections between the four Clanton schools and between Jemison Elementary and Jemison Middle schools.

•Approved minutes of the previous meeting.

The board also approved school and shop requests, including:

•Jemison High School: approval to submit a drawing to an architect on a proposed addition to the existing concession stand and press box, approval for Adam Oliver as junior varsity head basketball coach, approval for Victor Rodriguez as head soccer coach, approval for the addition of a wrestling team, and approval for Lamar Gibson as head wrestling coach.

•LeCroy Career Technical Center: approval for Debra Sosa’s health science class and HOSA students to travel to Atlanta on April 21, 2016, to the Premier Exhibition Center to view the exhibit “Bodies…The Exhibition.”

•Thorsby School: approval for the Thorsby FFA Poultry Evaluation Team and Brian Lucas to attend the International Poultry Expo in Atlanta from Jan. 26, 2016, to Jan. 29, 2016.