“It’s a state initiative,” Dowdy said.
From Nov. 4-8, the system’s school counselors will converge at the high school to assist students with college applications.
Dowdy said the process will expose students to the college application process, whether or not the student actually plans to attend a two-year or four-year college.
He said some students may apply to more than one university, while others will only apply to one. He said counselors will be on hand to help them complete the applications.
Dowdy also told the board the high school is implementing a new “Community in Action” program, where local business and community leaders are brought into the high school to “walk our hallways.”
He said community leaders will get to see first hand what is happening in their local schools, while students will get to associate with some of the business leaders in the community.
Superintendent Michael Barber also told the board about the “College and Career Readiness” program the system recently initiated.
Barber said school officials are meeting with different companies in the community to see exactly what they do and learn the needs of local industries.
“People have been eager to meet with us,” Barber said.
He said it is important that students leave school for college or with the proper education or certifications to enter the workforce and become productive citizens.
Barber said he hopes to bring teachers out of the classrooms and into local industries for tours.
He said teachers can better learn and understand the needs of local companies, and it could help show teachers how and what they teach in the classrooms is used in different work environments.
“We don’t want to focus just on high school teachers, but all our teachers,” Barber said.
He said it’s better to allow teachers to tour local industries first and then students can have their turn.
He said students can tour industries and see first hand what companies have to offer, as well as learn of the needs of the companies as it relates to an educated and trained workforce.
Barber said school officials are also expected to meet with Jefferson State Community College officials next week.
One school official said the systems could share resources and possibly tap into grant money to improve advanced education programs for local students.
In other matters Tuesday night, the board:
• Approved to hire Alesia Barr and April Shirley as bus drivers and Michael Bradbury as a maintenance specialist.
• Accepted the resignation of William Murray, a cafeteria worker at Williams Intermediate School.
• Approved a leave of absence for Jennifer Rea, a guidance counselor at the Pell City High School.
• Approved adding the following people to the substitute teachers list: Samantha Barnes, Suellyn Champion, Judy Hicks, Shelby Malley, Heather Bowman, Dale Foster, Ila Leadmon, Rachael Malonzo, Carol Bradley, Delshamira Francis, Kathryn Lopresti and Christopher Warren.
• Approved adding the following people to the substitute bus drivers list: Sycea Carter, Lisa Fountain and Diane Mitchell.
O Approved the following Calendar Committee members: Chad Smith, Christy Minor, Jennifer Bryant, Katie McCombs, Amy Brown, Haley Williams, Kayla Lee, Kent Underwood, Melissa Kelley, Tammie Williams and Chairperson Myrus Strong.
• Approved the following Policy Committee members: Cedrick Jordan, Kathy Dent, Kelli Whitten, Kristi Robinson, Cindy Pruitt, Spencer Stone, Elizabeth Grimes, Dr. Cory O’Neal, Tammie Williams, Matt Mitcham, Connie Bowman, Myrus Strong and Chairperson Dr. Tony Dowdy.
• Approved the following Textbook Committee members: Brenda Bennett, Terry Kincaid, Leslie Nuss, Dana Bloodsworth, Cheryl Smith, Amy Smartt, Matt Mitcham, Amy Martin, Kim Anglin, Jennifer Dawson, Monique Bowman, Dr. Kim Williams, Tammie Williams and Chairperson Myrus Strong.
• Approved the 2013-2014 Continuous Improvement Plans for each system school.
• Approved the continuation of the Medicaid Administrative Claim (MAC) program contracts with Fairbanks LLC.
• Approved paying a teacher an hourly rate from 3:30-5:30 p.m., three days per week, to help expand the Grade/Recovery Program at Pell City High School.
• Approved to provide two unused supplement points at Duran South Junior High School to Kiriakas Shepard, who currently assists with coaching duties.
• Approved contracts for instructors Wes Meyers and Amber Conway to parepare the band for concert band tryouts.
• Approved expelling a Pell City High School student.
• Approved the system’s technology plan, Transform 2020.
• Approved technology equipment as surplus items.
• Appointed board member Laurie Henderson as the voting delegate for the Alabama Association of School Boards 2013 Convention in December in Birmingham.
• Approved the nomination of Talladega County Board of Education Chairperson Kathy Landers for the district director for AASB District 6.
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