“We have lots of interesting things going on in career tech (at Talladega County schools),” Secondary Programs coordinator Griff Hill said. “We’re looking forward to hopefully expanding our opportunities.”
Superintendent Dr. Suzanne Lacey cited the county’s graduation rate of 84 percent, above the state average of 80 percent, as proof of career tech’s effectiveness, alongside other initiatives ongoing at the schools.
“We know that career tech education is very important to what we do throughout our system,” Lacey said. “We just received an $180,000 grant to expand one of our (career tech) programs with Gadsden State Community College. That’s very exciting for us.
“We’re extremely excited about the impact that what’s happening in our classrooms is really affecting our students graduating from high school,” Lacey said. “Career tech is a big part of that, with getting our students ready for college and/or a career. You can rest assured that career tech will certainly be on the move and play a real big role as years go by in preparing our students for future careers or for college as they come through our ranks.”
In other business, the board:
• Adopted the meeting agenda.
• Announced the start time for the Digital Learning Day simulcast was changed to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 5 by the Alliance for Excellent Education. The simulcast was originally scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.
• Voted to approve minutes from the Nov. 21 and Dec. 10 meetings.
• Approved a financial report for December presented by chief school financial officer Avery Embry.
• Voted to approve District Bank Account figures provided by Embry.
• Approved resignations for Childersburg Middle School social studies teacher Tenicia Barclay effective Jan. 10, Transition Program specialist Sharon Blythe effective April 1, Munford High School bus driver David Dabbs effective Dec. 31, Munford Elementary School second -grade teacher Regina Mayfield, B.B. Comer Memorial Elementary School second-grade teacher Shirley Seals effective May 1 and Winterboro High School English teacher Lindsey Thompson effective Jan. 3.
• Voted to approve three new hires, including LaKisha Fuller as a bus driver for Stemley Road Elementary effective Feb. 3, Kenslea Ray as an English teacher for Childersburg High School effective Jan. 21 and Katrina Thomas as an English teacher for WHS effective Feb. 3.
• Approved three transfers, including MES Special Education instructional assistant Terri Howard to the position of bus driver for MHS effective Feb. 3, Childersburg High School English teacher Ashley Kean to the position of digital media specialist at CHS effective Jan. 21 and WHS social studies teacher Kayla Lightsey to the same position at CMS effective Jan. 22.
• Voted to approve leaves of absence for MHS/Munford Middle School License Practical Nurse Hydi Champion effective Oct. 30, Sycamore Elementary School third-grade teacher Vanessa Cook effective July 31-Sept. 15, MES bus driver Judith Eldridge effective May 24, Talladega County Central High School social studies teacher Lesley Hutto effective Jan. 3,WHS Child Nutrition Program assistant Betty Lackey effective Nov. 13, A.H. Watwood Elementary School first-grade teacher Kim Mitchell effective May 1 and CES music teacher Bonita Wilder effective Dec. 4.
• Approved four out-of-state field trip requests, including a trip for three Talladega County School System students to attend Digital Learning Day in Washington, D.C., Feb. 4-6, a trip for 40 B.B. Comer Memorial High School students to visit the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta March 5, a trip for 137 sixth-graders from CMS to visit Ruby Falls in Chattanooga, Tenn., March 21 and a trip for 50 CHS students to see BODIES The Exhibition in Atlanta March 21.
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