Board of Ed. approves resignations, new employees

Published 2:56 pm Thursday, March 17, 2016

Resignations, and new employees and substitutes were among the personnel actions approved by the Chilton County Board of Education at its meeting Tuesday.

Resignations/retirements included Delores Roper, bus driver with the transportation department, effective March 8; and Jeanette Williams, elementary teacher at Thorsby, effective May 31.

Kelly Jackson Wood was approved as a secondary math teacher at Thorsby, under emergency circumstances.

Approved leave requests included Phyllis Nechole Ellison, Nov. 16, 2015, to Jan. 11; Kimberly Justice, Feb. 2 to April 4; Rebecca Campbell, Jan. 4 to Feb. 8; Tamaryn Hall Garcia, Jan. 3 to Feb. 8; Ruby Nell Mims, Jan. 25 to April 18; Ken Copen, April 4-8; Letitia Underwood, Feb. 1 to April 25; Bridget Smith, March 17 to April 4; Crystal Sabat, March 14 to May 9; and Suzy Seales, Feb. 16 to April 4.

Substitutes approved included Perry Othell Hicks (teacher), Evelyn Foshee Wyatt (teacher), Christopher W. Johnson (bus driver), Sonya Babb (support, lunchroom) and Bethanie Deavers (teacher and support).

Near the end of the meeting, Board member Pam Price requested an update on the status of Assistant Superintendent Walter Fenn, who has not been working.

Superintendent of Education Tommy Glasscock said in order to give an update, an executive session would be necessary to discuss “good name and character.”

The board approved to enter an executive session, which lasted about 15 minutes.

No additional information was provided when the board reconvened.

In other business, the board:

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

•Approved payrolls and accounts payable.

•Approved a request from Special Education Coordinator Benita Cahalane to change the amount of payment of bus transportation for students with disabilities transported from home to the Board of Education for homebound services. Every trip requires a driver and an aide, and prior compensation was a flat rate of $60 per trip, according to Cahalane’s request. “Due to additional extension of time ordered by Judge [Rhonda] Hardesty, future payments should reflect a fee that is in alignment with common transportation expenses,” the request read. New compensation will be $45 for the bus driver ($30 roundtrip and a $15 “sitting fee”) and $40 for the aide ($25 roundtrip and a $15 “sitting fee”).

•Approved requests from Child Nutrition Program Director Rachel Rachels to award a bid to the lowest responsible bidder for software, and to award a bid to the lowest responsible bidder for serving lines.

•Approved a request from Federal Programs Coordinator Adriane Dennis for an ELL Camp for English Language Learners to be held this summer at Clanton Elementary School (for CES, Clanton Intermediate, Isabella and Verbena students) and Jemison Elementary School (for JES, Jemison Middle and Thorsby students). The camp is designed for students whose first language is not English and will allow them to utilize skills that were learned in the previous school year. In addition, English classes will be provided for parents of students attending summer camp. The camp will be held from June 6-24, with an approximate cost of $31,635 coming from Title III funding.

•Approved placing four students in the PASS program.

•Approved minutes from the Feb. 16 meeting.

•Approved the dates of April 25-29 for kindergarten registration.

The board also approved school and shop requests, including:

•Jemison High School: approval for Sandra Cullen to take DECA members to the DECA International Career Development Conference from April 22-27.

•Thorsby School: approval for the YMCA of Chilton County to use the school auditorium on May 7 and to waive all fees, pending receipt of proof of insurance. Price said she would like to see fees paid by those who use school facilities because of the upkeep involved. Glasscock said officials need to form set policies about who can rent such facilities and who may be exempt from any fees involved.

•Verbena School: approval to remove the track coaching supplement from Mike Harris’ payroll, as there are not enough students participating to justify having a track team.