School board approves renewals, delays supplements

Published 11:52 am Wednesday, July 19, 2017

By JOYANNA LOVE/Senior Staff Writer

The Chilton County Board of Education will continue to use Simbli, a web-based system, for agendas and supporting documentation.

Renewing the contract for the service was approved 5 to 1 at a July 18 voting session. Board President Lori Patterson, Vice President Joe Mims and members Jim Shannon, Keith Moore, Curtis Smith and Linda Hand voted in favor. Board member Pam Price voted against.

There was no discussion because Shannon made a motion to end discussion. This motion was approved. Shannon said he felt the topic had been adequately discussed in the July 17 work session.

In addition to being used by the board, Simbli also allows the public to access the agenda online through the Chilton County Schools website.

Renewal of Frontline, the system used to keep track of substitute teacher time and pay, was unanimously approved.

Several of the votes during the meeting dealt with personnel. Five resignations and three retirements were approved. Ten new employees were approved for hire, including three Alabama Reading Initiative specialists. Amendments to the salary schedule were also approved. A vote to approve supplements, both for coaches and teachers, was postponed. Price requested that the vote be postponed so “we have more time to review it.”

Moore, Patterson and Shannon opposed the motion to table. Price, Hand, Smith and Mims voted in favor of delaying a vote.

A disagreement about whether the school system is required to post a job opening for contract positions came up during discussion of federally funded contracted position. Assistant Superintendent Adriane Dennis said the contracted position did not have to be posted. Price said she had asked the state department and contracted positions did have to be posted. The board voted to approve hiring for the position or posting if necessary, after school staff contacts the state department for an answer on the appropriate action. Patterson, Mims, Shannon, Smith and Moore voted in favor. Price and Hand voted against.

The Board of Education also approved:

— Hiring an architect to look at Jemison and Verbena high schools for safety issues.

— The Alabama Reading Initiative Memorandum of agreement.

—  Kid First use of portable trailers at Jemison Elementary School for one year.