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By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
During a called meeting last Friday afternoon, the Coosa County Board of Education approved a handful of personnel matters and two bids.
The meeting lasted approximately 10 minutes. There was one retirement to consider, and the board unanimously approved accepting a letter of intent to retire from Kevin Thompson, technology coordinator, effective December 31.
The board also unanimously approved three certified recommendations for new hires. Those included Sheila Fridal as a special education teacher at Central Elementary School Coosa County, David Grier as an English language arts teacher at Central High School Coosa County and Hester Hamby as Workforce Development and Career and Technical Education coordinator.
Hamby’s approval of hire is to be effective October 12, pending certification, and it will be a 12-month position.
During discussion Board Member Joe Belyeu mentioned that many things on her application were left blank. However, Superintendent of Education David Stover explained that she is in the process of getting an emergency certificate, also stating that she comes “highly recommended” at the state level with contacts in Montgomery having also talked to him about hiring her.
In other business, the board unanimously approved a bid from Osborn Foodservice in the amount of $2,115.80 for shelf-stable milk for the Child Nutrition Program, based on an estimated weekly quantity.
The board also unanimously approved a bid for a total of $315,700 for bleacher replacement for Central High School from Williford Orman Construction LLC. Funding for the project will include $219,619.65 from Public School and College Authority funds and $96,080.35 from local capital purchase funds.
During Stover’s superintendent report at the meeting he reported that the school system had received a $5,000 check from Rep. Ed Oliver, expressing his gratitude for those extra funds.
The next regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Coosa County Board of Education will be held at 4 p.m. October 27.