School board accepts nine resignations

Published 4:42 pm Wednesday, November 17, 2021

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By JOYANNA LOVE/ Managing Editor

The Chilton County Board of Education accepted nine resignations/ retirements at its Nov. 16 meeting.

These included Clanton Elementary teacher Laura Wooley, Clanton Intermediate teacher Megan McKinney, Thorsby nurse Mandy Williams, Clanton Pre-K auxiliary teacher Jennifer Liveoak, Clanton Middle teacher Chad Harrison, Jimmy Johnson from the transportation department, Misty Tate from Central Office, Child Nutrition Program employee Bridget Jowers and paraprofessional Amy Stamps.

The school board hired six classified employees, including a bus driver, special education teacher for Clanton Intermediate, nurse for Jemison Intermediate, classroom assistant for Jemison Intermediate, a Pre-K assistant for Maplesville and a food service assistant for Clanton Elementary.

Additional as needed employees for the after-school program and several substitute teachers were approved.

A motion to create a director of human resources position and post the job died for lack of a second.

Also during the meeting, the board received a financial report from the Chief School Financial Officer Alisa Benson giving some highlights from the end of the fiscal year. She said the school system finished the fiscal year with 1.27 month’s worth of operating budget. The requirement is one month.

“We are looking at right now an average of $5 million in monthly expenditures, and that is for all of our funds,” Benson said.

She said revenues to the school system had seen a small increase, but the increase was actually probably higher than what she can account for because the report she is using for comparison is from before she came.

“I don’t really have a lot of confidence in some of the reports that we have,” Benson said.

She said this comes from how records were kept in previous years.

A positive for the fiscal year was one of the bus related debts was paid off, and there was $70,000 from the transportation department that was not used for fuel that went back to the general fund balance.

“We ended the year with the general fund balance being a little bit more than $15 million,” Benson said.