Rep. Barbara Boyd, D-Anniston presented a total of $4,000 distributed between four county schools, while Sen. Jerry Fielding, R-Sylacauga, announced he presented a total of $18,000 distributed between 18 schools.
Of the money issued by Boyd, $1,200 will go to Talladega County Central High School to enhance the one-to-one student-to-device technology ratio by provide students with internet access devices called “Hotspots” for those who do not have internet access at home.
Boyd mentioned she had an opportunity to visit TCCHS a week ago where she had a discussion with school officials about the need for the hotspots.
“The administrators spoke to me about what they needed so the students could make better use of the computers at home and I was really impressed,” Boyd said. “We hope (this money) will help the students get the hotspots so they can use their devices at home.”
Though the official announcement of Fielding’s contribution was made during the meeting, Fielding already presented the money to the schools in early October. Each school received $1,000.
“It’s always a pleasure to be able to give some money back,” Fielding said. “I didn’t restrict the use of the money for any particular area. You can use the funds in the classrooms as you need to. I know it’s not a lot of money, but two things — at least you’re able to get a little bit and you know we’re concerned about you.”
Superintendent Dr. Suzanne Lacey commented on the legislators’ generosity and how the funds will help the county schools.
“I think (the money) will allow the schools an opportunity to fund a project that they’re currently working on,” Lacey said. “With project-based learning as our model for instruction, we need resources to support students and their construction of projects. It may be materials and supplies. It may be some type of app for their computer or anything really to support teaching and learning throughout all of our schools.
The board also voted 5-0 to approve Bid No. 1585, a multi-platform management and deployment system used to remotely maintain all the computer devices belonging to the school system.
FileWave USA, Inc., represented the only responsible bidder with a two-year agreement at $103,000 with an option for a third year at $65,000.
“We will have well into the thousands of devices after January — just laptop MacBoos alone there will be (more than) 2,000 of those, plus our iPad tablets and desktop computers,” Coordinator of Instructional Technology Craig Bates said. “We’ll be able to manage these from one location with one person. We’ll be able to view the operating system while also making any adjustments to the operating systems in order (to remain in compliance with safety and security measures). We can adjust the software remotely without having to physically walk to every machine and resolve any issues within a matter of minutes.”
In other business, the board:
O Unanimously voted to adopt the meeting agenda.
O Recognized Watwood Elementary School custodian Ken Bradford, Childersburg Elementary School clerical assistant Kimberly Keith and Childersburg High School OSCAR instructional assistant Donna Limbaugh for their exceptional work during the month of October.
O Members of the Lincoln High School Robotics Team made a marketing presentation for the robot their school will use in the upcoming robotics competition Saturday at the SPEED Channel Dome at Talladega Superspeedway.
O Voted 5-0 to approve the Sept. 17 board meeting minutes.
O Unanimously approved six resignations, including Childersburg Middle School bus driver Angela Brannon effective Oct. 4, CMS custodian Steven Culver effective Oct. 3, Winterboro High School science teacher Daniel Graham effective Oct. 14 due to personal reasons, Stemley Road Elementary bus driver Brad McDonald effective Sept. 23 due to personal reasons, Munford Elementary School bus driver Howard Storey effective Friday due to retirement and Stemley child nutrition program assistant Shannon Thomas effective Sept. 30 due to personal reasons.
O Voted 5-0 to hire 12 new personnel, including Billy Atkinson, Jr., as a bus driver for CMS effective Friday, Barbara Coleman as a CNP assistant for Fayetteville High School effective Friday, Jason Green as a bus driver for MES effective Friday, Normand Grondin as a bus driver for CMS effective Friday, Cindy Hughston as a CNP assistant for Stemley effective Friday, Marie Huntley as a CNP assistant for Fayetteville effective Friday, Annette Looney as a bus driver for B.B. Comer Memorial High School effective Friday, Valarie Lykes as a CNP assistant for CHS effective Friday, Kevin Seals as a custodian for CMS effective Friday, Joy Settles as a bus driver for Comer High effective Friday, April Usrey as a CNP assistant for Fayetteville effective Friday and Eddie Williamson as a bus driver for Stemley effective Monday.
O Unanimously approved four transfers, including LHS CNP assistant Loran Fomby to the position of CNP assistant manager at LHS, Drew Middle School bus driver Margret Pace to the position of career tech route school bus driver for Drew, Munford High School bus driver Debbie Stewart to the position of career tech route bus driver at MHS and MHS CNP assistant Marilyn Watts to the position of CNP assistant manager at MHS. All transfers are effective Friday.
O Voted 5-0 to approve three leaves-of-absence, including Munford Middle School resource and reading coach Trina Pettis effective Oct. 7, Comer High CNP assistant Misty Roberson effective Nov. 21-Jan. 21 for maternity leave and Childersburg Elementary School physical education teacher Traci Roberson effective Sept. 20-Nov. 11 for maternity leave.
O Unanimously approved five out-of-state field trip requests, including a trip for 53 CHS students to visit Fort Benning, Ga., Thursday; a trip for six Student Government Association members from Drew and nine SGA members from MMS to attend the Southern Association of Student Council Leadership Conference at Wade Hampton High School in Greenville, S.C., Saturday-Nov. 5; a trip for 14 CHS varsity basketball players to compete in a basketball tournament in Monticello, Ky., Dec. 26-28; and a trip for 40 Future Business Leaders of America leaders from Drew to go on an Atlanta Business Tour in Atlanta June 10-12.
O Voted 5-0 to reject Bid No. 1584 concerning modifications to Legion Stadium. Lacey said the board was not looking to complete this project at this time and that collaborative efforts between the board and Sylacauga would continue in an effort to complete this project at a future date to be determined.
O Unanimously approved a Medicaid Administrative Claim Program contract.
O Voted 5-0 to select board member Mike Turner as the primary delegate for the Alabama Association of School Boards Annual Convention and Delegate Assembly Dec. 5-7. Board member Beulah Garrett was chosen as the alternate.
O Announced the next board meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 21.
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