Pike County BOE wins state award

Published 11:30 pm Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Congratulations were in order at the Pike County Board of Education meeting Monday night.

Dr. Mark Bazzell, superintendent of Pike County Schools, congratulated the school board on receiving the Alabama Association of School Board President’s Award and board member, Greg Price, on the publication of his new book, “Addressing the Big Data Issue.”

Bazzell said the AASB President’s Award requires that 60 percent of a board’s membership attended three or more of the board member academy courses in the previous year. The award will be presented to the Pike County Board of Education at the District III meeting in Ozark next week.

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Price is Troy University’s chief technology and security officer. His most recent book, “Addressing the Big Data Issue,” examines the problem of “big data.” The book takes an in-depth look at how large quantities of data is confronted, the obstacles to designing a proper environment for such data and the potential downsides of such a project.

The board worked from a short agenda that was primarily personnel items.

The board accepted the resignations of Jodi Thomas, as sixth-grade teacher at Goshen Elementary School and Kelly Pritchett Mullins as agriscience instructor at Goshen High School. Jonathan Shedd’s resignation as math teacher at Goshen High School was accepted, effective immediately.

The board approved the re-hiring of Megan Henderson as Kindergarten teacher at Pike County Elementary School.

Approval was also given for the voluntary transfer of Kristina Anderson from Kindergarten to fourth-grade at Pike County Elementary School

The board approved the hiring of Anthony Hunter as physical education aide at Goshen Elementary School and also approved the request for Cody Bryant as Color Guard volunteer at Goshen High School.

In other action, the board approved coaching supplements for both Goshen and Pike County high schools for the 2013-2014 school year. The board also approved the request for Stephanie Snyder to travel to the AETA Conference in Perdido Beach from Sept. 29 until Oct. 1. Title I will pay the expenses.