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BOE President Tiffany McCain received an award for completing Level 2 in Alabama Association of School Boards Member Academy, which involved 50 hours of training. Superintendent of Education David Stover presents McCain with the award. Photo submitted
By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
Despite only having an approximately 15-minute meeting October 28, the Board of Education approved numerous items, primarily involving personnel.
The board unanimously approved all 15 agenda items, with Board Member Sharon Coffman absent from the meeting. Of those, seven items related to personnel.
The board unanimously approved one retirement and one resignation. The letter of intent to retire was from bus driver Jerry McKinney, effective October 22, and the letter of resignation was from elementary school teacher Jacqueline Ragan, effective October 29.
The board also unanimously approved three certified recommendations. Those included Amanda Lackey as Central Elementary School visual arts teacher, with Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief, or ESSER, III funding for that position; Jennifer Stacks as an elementary education teacher for the remainder of the school year; and Adam Hopper as federal programs coordinator, with ESSER III funding also used for that position.
The board also unanimously approved Stacy Bowe and Quiwana Epps as substitute teachers/aides for the remainder of the school year.
Additionally, the board approved one non-certified recommendation to hire Margaret Pippin as a bus driver for the remainder of the school year.
In other business, the board unanimously approved:
- A contract with Michelle Baynes to provide occupational therapy services to students selected by the Coosa County School System, effective October 1, 2021, through September 30, 2022.
- A memorandum of understanding between the school system and AltaPointe Health Systems Inc. regarding mental health services, effective April 13, 2021.
- An agreement among the County Commission, Board of Education and Sheriff Michael Howell regarding the school resource officer beginning October 1, 2021, until September 30, 2022.
- A protocol between the Coosa County Department of Human Resources and the Board of Education to support the education of children mutually served by both entities.
- A memorandum of understanding between Empowered to Conquer and the school system to provide educational and mentoring support for students, effective until May 31, 2022.
- Matilda Woodyard-Hamilton as district director for Alabama Association of School Boards District 4, by tally of ballots from board members.
Also during the meeting, Superintendent of Education David Stover said that he is currently reviewing a 5-year lease agreement with the Department of Public Health for potential use of the old Career Tech Center building. No action was taken on the matter as it is still under review and only being considered.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Coosa County Board of Education will be held at 5:30 p.m. November 18. This will be the board’s annual meeting with the election of officers and establishment of regularly scheduled meetings, as well as public comments regarding the allotment of public funds or administration of the schools.