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Newly elected Board Member for District 5, Jenny Kimbrell, left, and returning Board Member for District 2, Tiffany McCain, took their oaths of office prior to the Board of Education meeting to officially be sworn into office. Photo by Lydia Waters
Judge of Probate Richard Dean administers the oath of office to newly elected District 5 Board Member Jenny Kimbrell while her husband, Paul, holds the Bible. Photo by Lydia Waters
Judge of Probate Richard Dean administers the oath of office to returning District 2 Board Member Tiffany McCain. Photo by Lydia Waters
By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
The Board of Education held its annual meeting last Friday afternoon with the oath of office ceremony being held prior to the start of the meeting.
Judge of Probate Richard Dean administered the oaths of office to the newly elected board members. Those included new member Jenny Kimbrell for District 5 and returning member Tiffany McCain for District 2.
Following being sworn into office and being administered the oaths, Kimbrell and McCain each signed the “Certificate of Affirmation of School Board Member,” part of the process to certify them as Board of Education members.
With McCain and Kimbrell officially in office, the board conducted its regular meeting, which included its organizational business as part of the annual meeting.
As such, the meeting was turned over to Superintendent of Education David Stover for the election of officers for the upcoming year and establishment of regularly scheduled meetings.
That action saw no changes to board’s current officers or meeting schedule. McCain was voted board president again, Board Member Sharon Massie was voted to remain vice president of the board, and the regular monthly meetings will remain scheduled for 4 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month.
In personnel matters, the board approved a non-certified transfer by a majority vote. That was the voluntary transfer of Xochitl Blakely to the position of Central Elementary School secretary for the remainder of the 2022-2023 school year, effective November 28.
A motion to approve the transfer was passed by a 4-1 vote, with McCain opposing the motion.
The board unanimously approved one resignation, accepting a letter of resignation from Paul Robinson, technology support, effective immediately.
The board also unanimously approved changes to baseball coaching positions, following letters of recommendation from Central High School Principal Brandi Lee.
Those changes included accepting the resignation of Shundell Russaw as head baseball coach, appointing Marvin Pitts as head coach and appointing Darryl Ingram as assistant coach.
In other business, the board unanimously approved a field trip to Six Flags Over Georgia for Math and Science Day on April 28, 2023, with sponsors being Jacque Mitchell and Pam Belyeu. It was stated that Title I and student funds will be used to fund the out-of-state field trip.
Following the recommendation of Superintendent Stover, the board also unanimously approved rescinding its previous acceptance of a shelf-stable milk bid awarded to Osborn Brothers effective immediately. The reason given for rescinding the bid was for non-fulfillment of the product for Coosa County schools and believing they would be unable to keep up with demand.
Also during the meeting the floor was opened for any comments from the public regarding the allotment of public funds or administration of the schools, but there were no public comments.
In other business, Stover mentioned that the state report card was recently released and said that the Coosa County schools showed improvement and had increased scores. He added that the schools are not on the failure list.
The next regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Board of Education will be held at 4 p.m. December 15.