Pike County BOE discusses legislative items
Published 3:00 am Thursday, April 20, 2017
Pike County Superintendent of Education Dr. Mark Bazzell encourage board members and school administrators to be aware of legislative action that would directly impact local schools including HB 384 which would increase the time for public K-12 teachers to give notice terminating employment from five to 30 days; SB 32 supporting a civics’ test for high school graduation and HB 284 which would provide for coverage of the autism spectrum disorder under certain conditions.
Bazzell said under present conditions, the school system must assume the costs associated with students with autism.
“The Pike County School System will soon offer parents the opportunity to pay certain school fees with a credit card,” Bazzell said. “That will be to the benefit of parents and to the system.”
In new business, the board:
• Accepted the bid from Transportation South for new school buses.
• Approved permission for the local textbook committee to purchase supplemental materials for textbooks that have been previously adopted.
• Approved permission to extend the bid for milk for the Child Nutrition Program for the 2017-2018 school year with Borden Dairy.
• Approved permission to hold summer school for students at Pike County High School and to employ Erika Shepherd and Raven Shepherd as facilitators/instructors.
• Approved permission to hold Camp Brundidge Summer School Program for Pike County Elementary School. The board will split the cost of the program with the City of Brundidge.
• Approved retroactive permission for the Goshen High School Math Department to travel to Dothan to compete in a math tournament on March 17 and request for the board to pay for the bus, bus driver and substitutes for teacher.
• Took no action on request for four GHS students to compete in the state math competition April 7 and 8 in Florence and for the board to pay for the bus and bus driver.
• Approved permission for Cathy Lott, Tammie Meeks and Julia Wyche to attend the MSLE training April 28 in Cullman. Expenses will be paid by state and federal funds.
• Approved permission for Dr. Donnella Carter and Amy Garrett to attend the National Science Teachers Association 6th Annual STEM forum & Expo July 12-14 in Orlando. Expenses will be paid by state and federal funds.
• Approved permission for the GHS baseball team to travel, stay overnight and compete in the first round of the AHSAA Baseball playoffs on April 21 and 22, should they qualify.
• Approve permission for Lee Scott, Wanda Corley, Shantell Rouse and Tracy Arnold to attend the 2017 CLAS Annual Summer Conference June 11-14 in Mobile.
• Approved permission for Kimberly Dunn to attend the Alabama Educational Technology Conference, June 13-15 in Hoover. Expenses to be pain with Title I funding.
• Awarded contracts for E-rate Eligible Services for CA3L. Equipment to Information Transport Solutions, Installation to Information Transport Solutions and WAN to Information Transport Solutions.
In personnel action, the board:
• Accepted the retirement of Virginia Cheatham, custodian Goshen Elementary School, effective May 31.
• Accepted the retirement of Kim Faulkner, SPED teacher GES, effective May 31.
• Accepted the retirement of Regina Catrett, SPED teacher Pike County High School, effective May 31.
• Accepted the medical retirement of Naomi Miles, bus driver, effective May 31.
• Accepted the retirement of Florence May, CNP manager, GES, effective May 31.
• Accepted the resignation of Frank Martin, bus driver, effective May 31.
• Accepted the resignation of Anna Orlofsky, Spanish teacher, PCHS, effective May 31.
• Accepted the resignation of Seth Wilcox, welding teacher at the Troy-Pike Center for Technology, effective May 31.
Accepted the resignation of Toney Davenport, custodian, PCHS, effective May 31.
• Approved moving Cody Eiland, agriculture teacher at GHS from a 10- to a 12-month contract.
• Approved catastrophic leave for Arnitra Cotton, pre-K auxiliary teacher, Banks.
• Approved summer employment (Camp Brundidge) Rosalyn Pollard, Chris Saffold and Katheryn Dennis.
• Approved superintendent’s recommendation concerning discipline of a certified employee.