Board of Ed. approves bid to re-roof Maplesville High School

Published 3:28 pm Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Chilton County Board of Education at a meeting Tuesday approved a bid of $660,000 to re-roof Maplesville High School.

The bid from Steel Built Systems was the lowest submitted. Five other bids were received, ranging from $708,500 to $1,265,000.

The board also rejected bids for structural repairs to the auditoriums at Verbena and Thorsby high schools, as board member Joe Mims moved that the board bid parts individually and serve as the overseeing contractor for the projects.

Mims said the school system could save $150,000 with this approach.

Two bids received for the work were $371,000 and $349,956, with four companies contacted submitting no bid.

Board member Pam Price voted against the motion, saying she was not “comfortable” with the board serving as contractor and wishing to have the expertise of an outside contractor overseeing the projects.

Board member Linda Hand was absent from the meeting.

In other business, the board:

•Recognized Maplesville football coach Brent Hubbert and the school’s state champion football team.

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

•Approved payrolls and accounts payable.

•Approved supplemental pay.

•Approved the Chilton County Science Textbook Committee, which will consist of: Jamie Bee and David Moore from Chilton County High School; Casey Meank from Clanton Middle School; Trish Karn from Clanton Intermediate School; Jennifer Owen from Clanton Elementary School; Donna Mayfield and Benton Morton from Isabella High School; Jill Easterling from Jemison High School; Katie Maddox and James Brown from Jemison Middle School; Joanne Fondren from Jemison Elementary School; Dana Smith and Bridget Caton from Maplesville High School; Melissa Price, Billy Jackson and Derrick Littleton from Thorsby High School; Stephanie Rheaume, David Sneed and Mike Harris from Verbena High School; parents Willie Mae White and Mary Ann Nolen; Nichelle Bulger-Johnson from the central office; and board member Pam Price.

•Tabled a decision about whether to approve minutes from previous meetings. Price moved to table the decision because she said she wanted more time to look over the multiple sets of minutes that had been presented at the same time to board members.

•Approved a military leave request for Ken Copen from April 4-8. Dee Clements is scheduled to serve as Copen’s substitute in the classroom at Jemison High School and as a driver for Bus 38-16.

•Approved the technology coordinator’s request to attend the National Education Technology Conference from June 25-29 in Denver. E-rate funds will be used to cover expenses.

•Approved special education coordinator’s request for leave from Feb. 1-3 to attend a conference as a presenter.

•Approved the superintendent’s recommendations, including to hire Paula Thornton at a rate of $25 an hour to help with the system’s obligation to have tax documents distributed to employees by Jan. 30, and to spend $107,000 of a grant from JCI to meet the system’s textbook needs, with the remainder of the grant ($250,000) to be spent on an initiative to place Google Chromebooks in county schools.

The board approved personnel actions.

Resignations/retirements included:

•Lisa Harris, special needs paraprofessional at Chilton County High School, effective Dec. 31, 2015.

•Crystal Bailey, counselor at Maplesville High School, effective Jan. 6.

Certified new employees included Keley Barnhill, elementary teacher at Jemison Elementary School.

New support employees included:

•Brianna Tinker, PK teacher assistant at Clanton Elementary School.

•Layle Ward, secretary/bookkeeper at Jemison High School.

•Mattie Abbott, 0.5 unit janitor at Maplesville High School.

•Amanda Lowery, secretary/bookkeeper/fixed asset inventory clerk at the central office, transferring from secretary/bookkeeper for special education.

Terminations included Jonathan Casey Moore, secondary interventionist at Verbena High School.

Substitutes approved included: Deborah Dye, teacher and support; Jarrett Coley Freeman, teacher; Amber Harrison, teacher; Nolan Patrick Hayes, teacher and support; Patsy Hilyer, support; Kimberly R. Martin, teacher and support; Landon Cole Mims, teacher; Traci Smith Pitts, teacher and support; Trent Posey, teacher; and Renee Underwood, teacher and support.

The board approved Chilton Nutrition Program requests:

•Allow the meal charge policy to sit for review for an additional 30 days based upon recommendations made to the proposed policy during the month of December.

•Renew bid No. 15-02 until May 31 with Merchant’s Foodservice for supplemental grocery items.

•Approve the Food Safety HACCP Plan for all schools.

•Allow CNP staff to attend the School Nutrition Association Conference in Montgomery on March 11-12, with expenses to be paid from Child Nutrition funds.

•Take bids on serving lines for Thorsby High School, Isabella High School and Jemison High School.

The board approved school and shop requests:

•Clanton Elementary School requested to change the four-hour, 12-month custodian to an eight-hour, 12-month custodian.

•Chilton County High School requested approval for the American Cancer Society to hold a Miss Relay For Life pageant in the auditorium free of charge on April 22-23. The group will also use the lunchroom on April 23 free of charge.

•Maplesville High School requested approval of the Lock Lease and Locker Maintenance Service contract with Locker Pro LLC.

•The transportation department requested to pay employees for trips to and from LeCroy Career Technical Center; and to add Charles Atcheson, Alexandria Bice and Betty McCary to the substitute list.

•Verbena High School requested approval of a franchise agreement with Access Distance Learning, and an exclusive beverage vending, snack vending and concession services agreement with Buffalo Rock Company.