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BOE approves new hires, coaching positions
By Christa Jennings
At last Thursday evening’s meeting, the Board of Education made preparations for the new school year by approving new hires, substitutes and coaches for the 2021-2022 school year.
With all members present, the board unanimously approved three certified hires for Central Elementary School Coosa County.
Those included Chris McVay for assistant principal, Nia Herridge as a teacher and Melanie Glover as reading interventionist.
The board also unanimously approved six individuals for substitute teachers/aides pending completion of all requirements, one individual as a substitute bus driver pending completion of all requirements and contracts with a total of 47 substitutes for the school year. Those included two custodian substitutes, nine for lunchroom worker subs, 29 for teacher/aide subs, one for substitute nurse, and six for substitute bus drivers.
Additionally, based on recommendations from Superintendent of Education David Stover, the board unanimously approved individuals for coaching positions for the upcoming school year.
For baseball those include Levi Wilson as head coach, Blake White as assistant and Darryl Ingram as volunteer.
For basketball they include Richard Bell as head varsity boys coach, Syreeta McKinney as head varsity girls coach, Brett Thomas as assistant, Bradgel Moon as head junior high boys coach, and Deborah Phillips as head junior high girls coach.
For football, positions approved include Brett Thomas as head coach, Richard Bell and Levi Wilson as assistants and Blake White as head junior varsity coach.
Both softball and volleyball positions include Chris Elliott as head coach and Jesse Weeks as assistant.
Others include Brittany Bailey as cheer coach, Darryl Ingram as marching band director, Mallory Redmond as color guard sponsor, and Deborah Phillips as athletic director.
Regarding another coaching recommendation, Superintendent Stover recused himself from the item and removed himself from all involvement with the item.
Given his recusal, Central High School Coosa County Principal Brandi Lee recommended approval of Debi Stover as Diamond Doll sponsor for the baseball program for the 2021-2022 school year. The board unanimously approved this recommendation.
Additionally, the board approved a TEAMS, or Teacher Excellence and Accountability for Mathematics and Science, contract with Pamela Belyeu, effective August 1 through July 31, 2022, in accordance with Alabama Act 2021-340. Board Member Joe Belyeu recused himself from voting on this matter.
The board also unanimously approved the 2021-2022 salary schedule submitted by Chief School Financial Officer Amy Davis, with the salary schedule to take effect October 1. The schedule reflects a 2% state-mandated raise for support personnel, incremental state-mandated raise for certified personnel and addition of the TEAMS salary schedule.
In other business, the board also unanimously approved:
- Moving the mental health services coordinator position to the certified salary schedule, with consideration given for degree, effective for the 2021-2022 school year.
- An extra hour contract for paraprofessionals for the 2021-2022 school year, making it increase from six hours to seven hours.
- The 2021-2022 CES Faculty Handbook.
- Permission to auction through GovDeals.com surplus items at the hold high school building and Career Tech Center that are no longer of use, with those items specifically being some lockers to be moved from the facilities.
- Adopting the Reserve Balance Plan Resolution in support of the School Fiscal Accountability Law and approval of the 2021 Reserve Balance Plan.
The board also dismissed into executive session for 20 minutes to discuss the good name and character of a student regarding a discipline matter. No action was taken on the item following the executive session.
In other business, Superintendent Stover informed the board that a representative with Alabama Department of Public Health wanted to get together for a face-to-face meeting regarding the possibility of the county health department opening in the old high school office. He said that Kay Jennings with TCR Child Care also wanted to meet regarding opening the Head Start at the old high school, adding that they would all meet together.
Stover also mentioned that the school system still has two open positions and informed the board that it would need to be prepared to possibly have a special called meeting for those hires, as well as for budget hearings.
The next regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Coosa County Board of Education will be held at 5:30 p.m. August 26.