BOE rejects leave of absence request
by Chris Norwood
Jan 15, 2014 | 2319 views |  0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
TALLADEGA - The City Board of Education spent about 30 minutes in executive session Wednesday night discussing the good name and character of an employee.

When the regular meeting resumed, Superintendent Doug Campbell asked the first item under certified personnel be considered separately. After the board voted unanimously to accept these recommendations, Campbell called for a vote on the first item, without making a recommendation one way or the other. Board members Elizabeth Smith and Juanita Curry McClellan, respectively, made the motion and second to consider this item. The board then voted unanimously against it.

Campbell said he would not say which employee the action involved, but did say the request turned down by the board was for a leave of absence. He also confirmed the employee certified, and not classified.

Campbell said he would name the employee after proper notification of the board’s action, probably today.

When calling for the executive session, Board Chairwoman Shirley Simmons-Sims said she expected it to last “five to 10 minutes.”

During the same meeting, the board voted unanimously to accept Campbell’s retirement, effective June 30, at the end of the current academic year. The board had previously been informed of the superintendent’s decision to retire.

The board also accepted the resignation of Tina Parris, the district’s chief financial officer, at the end of this month.

Pending a successful background check, the board also approved the hiring of Tracy Byrd as 12 month custodian at Houston Elementary School.

Also Wednesday, the board:

O Held a 90 minute work session with Susan Salter of the Alabama Association of School Boards to discuss the search for Campbell’s successor. The board will hold another work session today starting at 4 p.m.

O Accepted gifts from the various schools in the system for Board Member Appreciation Month.

O Voted to accept the new ward boundaries based on the 2010 census and the city’s recent annexation. All of the current board members still reside within their wards.

O Saw a lengthy presentation from Curriculum Coordinator Dolia Patterson regarding the system’s adoption of Common Core standards in English and math, as well as other recent changes in the systems curriculum such as the elimination of graduation exams.

O Heard Patterson and Talladega High School Principal Darren Anglin announce that THS’s projected graduation rate as of Dec. 20, 2013, was 80 percent, representing a steady climb over the last five years.

O Heard a presentation on compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act, including new filters and login protocols.

O Approved the financial report and bank reconciliation.

O Approved the budget amendment for the previous calendar year.

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