Pell City schools to dismiss early Friday
by David Atchison
Dec 17, 2013 | 914 views |  0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Pell City Schools Superintendent Michael Barber announced at Tuesday night’s board meeting that students will get out of school at 1 p.m. Friday for the Christmas holidays.

“I want to thank everyone for a wonderful first semester,” Barber said. “Have a great vacation and we will be ready to go when we get back.”

Students will return to school Jan. 6, while faculty will return to work Jan. 2.

“This year (semester) has flown by,” Barber said.

At Tuesday’s meeting, pictures of students, faculty and events throughout the school system during the first semester of school were projected on the wall, and board members were afforded a piano solo and Christmas song performance by Pell City High School musician Nate Burch.

In the Christmas spirit, Barber said employees, school counselors and students spearheaded efforts to bring Christmas to the less fortunate through the system’s Toys for Kids program.

“They were able to provide Christmas to about 100 families,” said Barber, who also thanked local businesses for their support of the program.

In other matters, the board:

O Accepted the resignation of Matthew Brick, the PCHS cross country assistant coach and girls varsity track coach.

O Approved adding the following people to the substitute teachers list: Frances Barber, Kati Staples, Kayley Davis, Terri Turner and Courtney Ezell.

O Approved adding Christopher Davis to the substitute lunchroom workers list.

O Approved leaves of absence for the following personnel: PCHS Counselor Merrill Friday, Williams Intermediate School teacher Tracy Whitaker, WIS teacher Paulette Jimmerson, Coosa Valley Elementary School teacher Maegan Jolly and PCHS assistant teacher Tamea Nickens.

O Approved hiring Kaitlyn Graves as an Eden Elementary School music teacher.

O Approved the expulsion of a two Pell City High School students and one Duran North Junior High School student.

O Announced that the next regularly scheduled board meeting is at 6 p.m. Jan. 21.