The Board of Education met Thursday. March 24, 2016 with all members present.
Addressing the Board were the citizens of the Washington Heights Community in regards for wanting the former vocational building turned back over to the community. Original Board member Elijah Wood of the Clay County Training School, Terry Heflin, and Clay County Commissioner Ricky Burney spoke on behalf of the matter.
Mr. Wood, who spoke first, said the community gave the land for the purpose of the establishment of the school many years ago. Wood felt that with the hard work of the citizens of the community, they could put the building to good use through senior center meals on wheels and other services as well . Wood told the Board if they wish to use the building for school purposes, then the citizens would step aside with their plans.
Commissioner Burney explained the community for the past 8-10 years that it was promised on behalf of Mr. Staples, one of the board members, that the school would be returned back to the community. Burney said he understood there were several processes to be followed, and had been followed. “The people of the community is excited about the prospect of returning this building back to them for the sake of worthy projects and programs.”
Terry Heflin also spoke on behalf of the matter, telling the Board he had spoken with the state architect, Mr. Perry Taylor, in Montgomery at the state Department of Education, as well as legal counsel. Heflin explained the state had no deeds recorded on file that the state owns the property on which the old vocational building stands now. The last deed on file in the county recorded in Montgomery and Clay County both says that the property was still in the name of the Clay County Training School. Heflin said the state was still looking into recorded documents for this facility and would know more later. Heflin went on to say they had consulted legal counsel of their own to discuss this issue because they felt the process that was followed with both Mellow Valley and Bibb Graves schools being returned to their communities was a different process from this one. “This land was given by the community to build this school and I have deeds dating back to the 1903 showing that the Methodist Church gave and 1929 for the deacons of Springhill and Mr. Gibson to build this school”, said Heflin.
Also present to address the Board was Kay Jennings, Executive Director of Coosa Valley Child Care Corporation, representing Cheaha Head Start. Jennings handed out a proposal to each board member outlining renovations for the Lineville TCR Head Start facility that would cost around $900,000 to get it up to licensing code. Currently, 28 children are in the TCR program in Lineville, 18- Pre-k 4 year olds, and ten 3 year olds. This is the maximum capacity of for the building at this time.
The renovations proposed would allow more children to receive services, such as early head start center, a head start center, and a pre-k program at this location in Lineville.” We would like to make this a full inclusive center for children from birth to kindergarten age, including providing mobile services for 8 pregnant women”, said Jennings The total number of children that could be served if these renovations took place would be 59 and 67 counting the pregnant women. ” After thorough research, we have discovered there’s a strong need for these services just in the nearby community alone” says Jennings.
Jennings explained they would collaborate with the BOE and write the grant themselves for a funding for an early head start in Clay County, but would need a support letter from the Board members stating TCR would have access to the building to do the necessary renovations. TCR would keep up insurance and any upkeep. This concluded Jenning’s presentation.
The following items were unanimously approved:
- Recommended by the Superintendent, approval of the agenda.
- Recommended by the Superintendent, approval of the minutes from the February 23
- Recommended by the Superintendent, approval of the following Financial Reports for February 2016. Chief Financial Officer Brandi Bishop stated they were ending the month of February with approximately $1.2 million, which is actually a little over the mandatory one-month operating expenses. However, Bishop explained that was typical for this time of year since this was the time of year they received most of their taxes. Bishop went to explain this balance would drop with the majority of taxes already received and stated she didn’t expect to end the year with the required one-month operating expense in reserve.
- Recommended by the Superintendent, approval of the 2016 Amended Budget.
- Recommended by the Superintendent, approval of the following state-approved textbooks:
K-8 Carolina biological supply company’s The Science and Technology Concepts Program
9-12 – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Alabama Biology Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Alabama Modern Chemistry
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Alabama Physics
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Environmental Science
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Physical Science
McGraw Hill/Hole’s Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology
Goodheart Wilcox’s Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
- Recommended by the Superintendent, approval of the CSFO Employment Contract given to board members at the last meeting for review.
- Recommended by the Superintendent, approval for the Lineville Elementary 5t grade to travel to Atlanta Georgia to tour the World of Coke and Inside CNN Tour.
- Recommended by the Superintendent, approval to declare the 1964 dump truck (VIN# F60AN522063) as surplus. The central office will advertise to accept bids on this vehicle.
- Recommended by the Superintendent, approval to accept the bid received March 22, 2016 for a Busworx/Bluebird Type C Diesel Bus with wheelchair lift. The bid is for $90,898.00 and was the only bid received. The funds for this project will not come from fleet renewal funds, it will come from capital projects funds.
- Recommended by the Superintendent, approval of the Unified, Comprehensive, and Equitable System of Learning Supports Policy given to board members at the last meeting for review.
- Recommended by the Superintendent, approval of the 49 Personnel Action Items, including some of the following:
Retirement of Janie Hann, Instructional aide at LES effective June 1, 2016
Retiremene of Nanette G. Perry, English Teacher at CHSCC effective June1, 2016
Resignation of Michael Wayne Jordan, Transportation Coordinator effective March 23, 2016
Mr. Walker recently completed the required State Training for Superintendents. The classes were Instructional Leadership, School Finance and Education Law .
Everyone is invited to attend the unveiling ceremony and reception honoring Doctors Wayne H. and Sara Crews Finley Wednesday April 6, 2016 at 9:30 at the Clay County Health and Wellness Center.
Board members will be given a revised copy of the Religious Liberties Policy that will be voted on at the next meeting.
The next regular board meeting will be April 28, 2016 at 4:00 in the Board Room.