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By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
During a recent Board of Education meeting, with all members present, the board approved a few personnel matters, as well as a lease extension with the county.
Regarding personnel matters, the board unanimously approved accepting a letter of resignation from Shelia Fridal, Central Elementary School special education teacher, which was effective October 13.
Regarding certified recommendations, with a letter of recommendation from high school principal Brandi Lee, the board unanimously approved hiring Ronald McCall as a part-time theater teacher for the remainder of the 2023-2024 school year. Superintendent of Education David Stover explained that McCall would start November 1 and will be working three days a week.
In other business, Stover also recommended that the current lease with the County Commission be extended for four months.
The lease, as approved previously, is for the Coosa County Extension Office to occupy office space at the former high school facility in Hanover.
The lease extension agreement reads that the term of the lease between the board and commission is “extended for four months in length upon the same terms and conditions in the original lease.”
Following discussion with Stover, the board unanimously approved extending the current lease agreement for four months.
The agreement then went on to the County Commission, with county attorney John K. Johnson stating that the Board of Education had approved and signed the extension agreement. After discussion, the commission also unanimously approved the agreement to extend the Extension Office’s stay at the former high school building.
In other business, Stover also recommended approval of an agreement among the County Commission, Board of Education and Sheriff Michael Howell regarding the school resource officer, beginning October 1 and going through September 30, 2024.
The board unanimously approved the current school resource officer agreement with an amendment.
Board members also heard a presentation from Todd Wingard with ValuTeachers regarding services offered and the organization’s mission to help education employees.
ValuTeachers’ mission is stated to be to “secure retirement dreams by educating and protecting [their] clients’ retirement funds.”
The company offers retirement programs and education, as well as part-time or full-time business opportunities to educators and others, with its primary focus being educators and school employees.
ValuTeachers has been in business since 1999 and provides for more than 6,000 schools nationwide, helping more than 160,000 educators and school employees, according to its website. To learn more, Wingard advises school employees and other individuals to visit www.valuteachers.com/who-we-are.
Also during the meeting, Stover discussed procedures for travel reimbursement and mentioned raising the meal costs from $10, $15 and $20 to $15, $20 and $30 as the allowable reimbursable rates.
Stover also presented all board members with their Compliance Achievement awards for completing their required hours of training.
Further, he presented Board Member Joe Belyeu with his Academic Achievement Award for reaching Level I at the Alabama Association of School Boards’ School Board Member Academy during the 2022-2023 year.
The next regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Coosa County Board of Education will be held on Thursday, November 16, at 4 p.m. This will also be the annual meeting, at which time the board will hold its election of officers and the establishment of regularly scheduled meetings, as well as a time for public comments regarding the allotment of public funds or administration of the county schools.