BOE approves new hires

Published 11:26 am Wednesday, May 29, 2019

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

The school year has just ended, but Chilton County Schools is already looking toward personnel needs for the 2019-2020 school year.

The Board of Education approved several positions during a voting session on May 28.

The Board unanimously approved hiring a new employee to work on the security cameras and access control, including security locks, throughout the schools.

Maintenance supervisor Freddy Smith said the new employee could save the school system tens of thousands of dollars.

He said the school system could fill this position and buy a truck for the position to use and still save money.

“It’s a good move; I promise you,” Smith said.

The Board also approved 4 to 3 hiring Paul Dubose an intervention professional for Chilton County High School. Board President Brian Jackson and members Keith Moore, Lori Patterson and Chris Smith voted in favor. Board Vice President Jacqueline Sullivan, Angie Sanderson and Pam Price opposed.

CCHS Principal Ron Pinson said the position would deal with different tiers of intervention for students who needed it and would not simply be someone to oversee in school suspension.

Dubose was also approved as the CCHS girls varsity basketball coach later in the meeting.

The Board also approved an additional social studies teacher for Chilton County High School.

New employees were hired to replace existing positions, including two CNP assistants, a preschool auxiliary teacher at Clanton Elementary, the art teacher at Jemison High School, a math teacher at Isabella High School, a social studies teacher at IHS, a PE teacher at IHS and an elementary teacher at CES.

Under reassignments, Thorsby High School teacher Holly Matson will be moving up to the position of assistant principal at the school. The former assistant principal Tim Fortner has retired from the school system.

Haley Lively, who taught at Clanton Middle School last school year, was reassigned to Clanton Intermediate. Jeremy Forbes, who taught at Clanton Middle last school year, and Jessica Seamon, who taught at Clanton Elementary last school year, were both reassigned to Verbena High School.

The resignation of three teachers was accepted, including Maplesville High School football coach Brent Hubbert who has accepted a job at T.R. Miller High School in Brewton. Hiring a new Maplesville head football coach/athletic director had been on the agenda for the May 28 meeting, but was removed at the start of the meeting.

Brit Roshun was approved as the football/baseball coach at Jemison Middle School, and Thomas Hughes was approved as the CMS athletic director/ head football coach.

A motion to provide a secretary work opportunity for a Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging worker at LeCroy Career Technical Center failed 5 to 2. Jackson, Sanderson, Smith, Sullivan and Price voted against the motion. Board members Keith Moore and Lori Patterson voted in favor.

“They provide a worker and the only thing we have to pay is the background check,” CCS Superintendent Jason Griffin said.

Several of the board members said the description in the paperwork they received did not seem to outline what Griffin described.

Griffin said this has been done at our schools within the system in the past.

Also during the meeting, the Board of Education:

  • Approved the 12-month salary schedule for bookkeepers. Sullivan recused herself from the vote. The remaining board members voted in favor.
  • Reviewed a financial report. The school system has two months’ worth of operating budget in reserves.
  • Unanimously approved a budget amendment to accept grant funds and account for federal funds that were carried over to the 2019 fiscal year.
  • Unanimously approved two maternity leaves and one extended sick leave.
  • Approved substitutes and rehires.
  • Approved a contract for special education services.
  • Approved posting to hire for a special education paraprofessional for Jemison Elementary School.
  • Approved the YMCA of Chilton County to use the Chilton County Schools buses and bus driver for field trips. The YMCA will cover expenses.
  • Held its public comment meeting. No one from the general public made comments. Price, who said she was speaking as a parent and not as a board member, asked for information about textbooks, including some she had helped write a grant to purchase, and why they were not being used.