BOE approves personnel, other matters
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By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
During its two meetings for February, the Board of Education primarily handled personnel matters, as well as a handful of other business matters.
All board members were present for both meetings, held February 2 and 23. The board unanimously approved rescinding a previous vote of recommendation of Tawana Jones as a high school English language arts teacher as the board had received notification of non-acceptance.
The board also unanimously approved accepting letters of resignation from Child Nutrition Program Manager Rebecca Beasley, effective February 10; and full-time bus driver Travis Milhan, which was effective January 27.
In certified recommendations, the board unanimously approved Quiwana Epps as a high school English language arts teacher effective February 15, pending certification.
For non-certified recommendations, the board unanimously approved Cathy Calloway as a full-time bus driver for the remainder of the 2022-2023 school year and Tiffany Adams as an 8-hour lunchroom worker effective March 13.
Additionally, with a majority vote, the board approved hiring Valerie Smith as a paraprofessional effective February 15, pending completion of all requirements. District 5 Board Member Jenny Kimbrell recused herself and did not vote on the matter.
Regarding substitute recommendations, the board unanimously approved Travis Milhan as a substitute bus driver for the remainder of the 2022-2023 school year. The board also unanimously approved Judson Lee, Josie Wright and LaDerek Harrell as substitute teachers/aides, pending completion of requirements.
In other business, with a letter of recommendation from Brandi Lee, Central High School principal, Superintendent of Education David Stover recommended approval of Austin Elliott as a community coach at Central High School for the 2022-2023 calendar year, pending completion of requirements. It was noted that Elliott will not be paid by the board.
This recommendation was approved by a majority vote, with there not being a vote recorded for Board Member Sharon Massie.
After discussion, the board recommended that the athletic director and principal sign the letters of recommendation for coach duties.
Also during its last meeting, the board unanimously approved the proposed school calendar, using Option A, for the 2023-2024 school year. All school personnel were given an opportunity to vote on three calendar options, and Proposed Calendar A reportedly received the majority of the votes.
The board also unanimously approved 3-year leases for copiers for Central Elementary, Central High School and the Central Career Tech Center.
Additionally, the board unanimously approved a contract change order for re-roofing of the science building at the Career Tech Center. This contract change reduced the cost of the contract by $18,606.
The next regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Coosa County Board of Education will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 16.