Superintendent Todd Freeman first informed board members about recent presentations made by representatives from Nichols-Lawson Middle and Sylacauga High schools at state conferences. Nichols-Lawson presented about best practices, including its successful new AVID program, at the Alabama Association of School Boards conference, and SHS presented its model for dual enrollment at the School Superintendents of Alabama conference.
Freeman also recognized School Bus Safety Week by thanking the transportation department and noting that about 1,000 students are transported daily on 17 buses to Sylacauga schools. He also commended Pinecrest Elementary School for its recent Gold of Distinction award from the USDA’s HealthierUS Schools Challenge, designating it as one of the healthiest schools in the nation.
In more good news, the BOE heard several presentations related to Plan 2020, Alabama’s strategic education plan, and the student support services Sylacauga provides with the goals of reducing unexcused absences, disciplinary infractions and ninth grade failures. Presentations were made by: student services coordinator Bobby Hall about student services and safety; parent involvement coordinator Karen Elston about parent involvement goals; Nichols-Lawson Principal Debbie Barnett and several middle school students about the Advancement by Individual Determination, or AVID, program; child nutrition director Kelley Wassermann about nutrition changes and goals; and SAFE director Margaret Morton about how the family services center supports students.
Following the presentations, Freeman said what he likes most “about this group we’ve heard from tonight is that, of all the wonderful things that are in place, they’re not satisfied. They’re wanting to do more and find a better way to meet all the needs. It’s truly a remarkable effort.”
In other business, the board:
• Approved the transfer of deeds for these four properties from the city of Sylacauga to the BOE: Mountainview School campus, adjoining sidewalk space on the north side of SHS, adjoining property to the public swimming pool and Norton Avenue, Pinecrest Elementary campus.
• Approved employment of: substitute teachers Shaneaka Cohill, Jeri Cribbs, Jennifer Gunn, LeDeandra Scott, and Mary Lee Brown Swindall; Nichols-Lawson Saturday School tutors Debbie Barnett, Darius Williams, Kate Barton, and Joey Fleaman; and girls varsity basketball assistant coach Robby Davis.
• Approved new tuition students Katherine Ballard and Madalyn Ingram.
• Approved two out-of-state field trips – one is for two SHS FBLA representatives to attend a national leadership conference in Utah, and the other is for the SHS band to participate in opening ceremonies of the Daytona 500 in Orlando, Fla., in February.
• Approved the 2014-2015 Calendar Committee, which will present two alternate calendars for the board’s consideration in December.
• Entered into executive session for a student disciplinary hearing to discuss the good name and character of an individual or individuals.
• Approved accounts payable, payroll, financial statements and bank reconciliations for September totaling $2,176,868,57.
The next regular BOE meeting is Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the Central Office.
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