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HONORED: Pike County Board of Education celebrated at reception

The Pike County Board of Education was honored at a reception prior to its regular meeting on Monday night at the board office. The reception was a local event of School Board Recognition Month January 2018.

Board members are Chris Wilkes, Dr. Clint Foster, Justin Davis, Linda Steed, Dr. Greg Price and Earnest Green.

Dr. Mark Bazzell, superintendent of Pike County Schools, expressed appreciation to his board, which he said, is the best board of education in the state.

“Our board members provide responsible leadership and make the choices that need to be made to provide the best education possible for our students,” Bazzell said. “Our board is always informed and understands the issues that impact education. They trust in our leadership team and everything they do, every decision they make, is in the best interest of our students.”

Bazzell informed the board that Pike County High School has been selected a CLASS School of Distinction, which is recognition and validation of the equality of education provided at the high school in Brundidge.

Bazzell said no plans had been made to modify the school’s schedule regarding the weather conditions predicted between 6 a.m. (today) and 6 a.m. Wednesday.

“If we need to modify the schedule as the day progresses, we will be ready to do so,” he said.

In new business, the board:

•Adopted a resolution proclaiming January 2018 School Board Recognition Month at its regular meeting.

•Approved permission for Shantell Rouse to attend the Assistant Principals’ Conference, February 7 and 8 in Prattville with expenses be paid from Title I funds.

• Approved permission for Kellie Beck, Keisha Mills, Emily Herbert, Lynn Dansby and Shantell Rouse to attend the 17th Annual Alabama Autism Conference, February 22 and 23 in Tuscaloosa. Expenses will be paid with Special Education and Title I funds.

• Approved permission for Jennifer Hornsby to attend the ASBO Leadership Summit, January 24 through 26 in Orange Beach. There will be no expense to the BOE.

•Approved permission for Jennifer Hornsby to attend the AASBO Professional Certificate Program, February 11-13, 2-18 in Tuscaloosa. Expenses will be paid with general funds.

•Approved permission for Robert Kinsaul to attend the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association Convention January 18-20 in Birmingham. Expenses will be paid with Goshen High School baseball account funds.

•Approved permission for Olivia Boyd to attend the Payroll/Personnel Certificate Program, February 11-13 in Tuscaloosa. Expenses will be paid with Pike County High School general funds.

• Approved permission for the Pike Chamber of Commerce Education Committee to use an activity bus for a Junior Ambassador trip, January 24.

• Approved Financial Statement and Bank Reconcilements for the month of December, 2017.

In personnel action, the board:

•Accepted the resignation of Justin Baker, maintenance worker, effective December 15, 2017 (retroactive).

• Accepted the resignation of Clifton Day, welding teacher, effective December 15, 2017 (retroactive).    

•Approved the employment of Kasie Patrick, SPED aide, Banks.

•Approved the employment of Destin Tyler, SPED aide, Pike County Elementary School.

•Approved the employment of Nathan Brawner, welding teacher.