In the first resolution, the board committed to support Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley’s proclaiming Oct. 21-25 as School Bus Safety Week.
“We will take that time to really appreciate our bus drivers and to take precautionary measures as we do each day to recognize School Bus Safety Week,” Superintendent Suzanne Lacey said.
According to figures provided in the resolution, more than 375,000 students in Alabama are transported to and from school daily by more than 7,500 buses. The drivers of these buses accumulate more than 84 million miles each school year.
Coordinator of Transportation and Safety Services Buster Bolton explained how Talladega County schools contributed to the overall breakdown. Of the county’s 139 buses traveling 120 routes throughout the year, the buses travel more than 900,000 miles each year, transporting students to and from school.
The second resolution endorsed the board’s support of Community Education, 21st Century Learning Centers and other programs established by the Alabama Department of Education, providing learning opportunities to the community.
“If you remember from our last board meeting, we were awarded a $600,000 grant over a three-year period for after-school programs at Sycamore Elementary School, A.H. Watwood Elementary School, Munford Elementary School and Winterboro High School,” Lacey said. “Once again, community education learning centers are very important, not only to the day-to-day operation of our schools, but in particular, our after-school programs and also summer camps.”
The board’s final resolution of the night designated October as Statewide Parent Visitation Month, an initiative created by the state Department of Education.
“We certainly encourage, support and welcome parents every day because we know the huge responsibility they play in helping us develop their child and what they contribute as far as helping our schools and our school system,” Lacey said. “It’s always fun to do this resolution during October because everyone is kind of getting settled in and parent involvement is at an all-time high. We honor parents and appreciate the value of the work they do.”
In other business, the board:
O Recognized Childersburg Elementary School secretary and bookkeeper Kathy Wilbanks and Fayetteville High School bus and career tech driver Betty Hasty for their hard work during the month of September.
O Approved the Aug. 19 meeting minutes. Board member Mike Turner abstained from voting.
O Approved financial reports for August.
O Approved the resignations of Drew Middle School bus driver Bertha Curry effective Nov. 30, B.B. Comer Memorial High School bus driver James Maddox effective Nov. 1 and Childersburg High School family and consumer science teacher Barbara Neel effective Oct. 11.
O Approved hiring Mable Crosby as a clerical assistant for Munford Middle School effective today.
O Hired Candice Kromer as a child nutrition program assistant at Comer High effective today.
O Hired Shannon Thomas as a CNP assistant at Stemley Road Elementary School effective Sept. 30.
O Hired John Mell Williams as a bus driver for Stemley effective today.
O Approved the transfer of CHS CNP assistant Kimberly Lee into another CNP assistant slot at the school effective today.
O Approved the transfer of Sycamore CNP assistant Wanda Phillips into the same position at Fayetteville effective today.
O Approved the transfer of Munford Middle School clerical assistant Kelli Sanford to a position as a business education teacher effective Sept. 4.
O Approved the transfer of Stemley CNP assistant Samantha Spurling into another CNP assistant slot at the school effective today.
O Approved the transfer of Fayetteville CNP assistant Kellie Williamson to the same position at Sycamore effective today.
O Approved an out-of-state field trip request for B.B. Comer Memorial Elementary School allowing 25 sixth-grade Honor Club students to visit Warm Springs and Callaway Gardens in Warm Springs, Ga., Dec. 6.
O Approved an out-of-state field trip request for Comer High seventh-12th grade students to tour New York, March 13-16.
O Approved an out-of-state field trip request for 70 Stemley first-grade students to visit the Georgia Aquarium April 24.
O Announced the next school board meeting will be held Oct. 29 at 5:30 p.m.
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