The Cullman County Board of Education has hired a few familiar faces to take the reins at two local high schools this fall.
Two open Cullman County principal positions have been filled, with both posts going to the existing assistant principals at those campuses.
Former Hanceville High assistant principal Jimmy Collins has been tapped to take the reins from former principal Tracy Hubbert, who left after two years on the job to pursue other opportunities.
Collins is a Hanceville native and has built his career teaching at the school, and called the hire a “dream come true.”
“I’m just so thankful for the opportunity, because this is the job I’ve always wanted,” he said. “I’ve lived here all my life, and taught here all my life. I’m just excited to get started.”
Collins’ hire took effect immediately.
The board also confirmed the hire of former Cold Springs High assistant principal Tim Burleson to the head job at the school, which was vacated with Tommy Youngblood’s recent retirement. Burleson has been at Cold Springs for several years, and is also an accomplished coach.
“I just want to express my appreciation to the board,” he said. “I’ve been at Cold Springs all my career, and I love the community and the high school. There’s already a phenomenal faculty and staff there, and I’m sure we’ll have a smooth transition process.”
Burleson’s transfer is effective August 1.
Cullman County Board of Education Superintendent Billy Coleman said he believes both men will do an excellent job and his excited to see them grow into their new roles.
“We’re behind them all 100 percent,” he said.
In other business, the board:
Approved the resignation of:
— Sharon Mosley, Teacher, Harmony (Retirement)
— Christy Stallings, Teacher, Hanceville Middle
— Jessica Sharpton, Speech-Language Pathologist, Systemwide
— Crystal Feldner, 3rd grade Teacher, Hanceville Elementary
— Regina Rodgers, CNP worker, West Point High
— Nena Evans Bus Driver, Cold Springs
— Debra K. Frazier, Secretary, West Point Middle
— Bonita Thompson, Special Education Aide, Child Development Center (Retirement)
— Brian McKenney, Maintenance Tech (12 months), Maintenance Shop
Approved leaves of absence:
— Kelli Fox Anderson, Teacher, Hanceville Elementary.
— Alanna Twilley, 5th grade Teacher, Fairview Elementary.
Approved voluntary transfers.
Approved appointments, including:
— Contract Extension for Summer Work: Jerry Bice, Cleaning & Floors, Hanceville High.
— Substitute Teachers: Kelly Edwards, Haley Harper, Constance Calvert, Randi Bentley, Crystal Knight, Lezlie Dailey, Wendy Swann, Nance Pemberton, Terri Stidham, Natashia Williams, Hannah Elliott, Felicia Shearrer, Nina England, Tim Entrekin, Tracy Gilley, Donna Latham, Shanda Mangrum, Steven Nash, Sheri Rasco, Jimmy Taylor, Marilyn Bolte, Angela Ehlers, Andrew Adams, Amanda Jones, Stephanie Brown, Lori Couke, Ava Petrimoulx, Angela Harbison, Michelle Parmer, Robin Cargile, Kathy Turner, Stephanie Boyles, Don Scott, Danny Weaver, Julie Sellers, Linsy Hudson, Deborah Gingrich, Regina Roat, Christina Jones, Laura Watts.
Approved contract salary changes:
— Blake Flynt, Upgrade to Master’s.
Approved a request from transportation director Mike Floyd to hire Fairview/Parkside bus driver Jo Harris for summer clerical work.
Approved bills, salaries and financial statements.
Approved maintenance department project: Cold Springs Elementary canopy, $32,326. with TVM.
Approved systemwide annual bleacher inspection and repair: $10,000 with Alabama Construction Services.
Approved a request from Child Nutrition Program to dispose of non-salveagable equipment.
Approved a request from Hanceville Middle School to dispose of old, obsolete, non-working computers, monitors and furniture.
Approved a request from Good Hope High School for permission to bid surplus vehicles that are no longer in use: 1991 Dodge 1500 pick-up truck; 1989 Dodge Dakota pick-up.
Approved food service agreements for the Child Development cafeteria to supply lunches to St. Paul’s Lutheran School for: Student Lunch $2.75, Adult Lunch $2.75.
Approved a request from the transportation director to accept the bid from Insurance and Investment Consultants for school day/athletic insurance for 2013-2014 school year.
Approved a request from transportation director to accept bid from Virgil B. Fowler Insurance Company for automobile insurance for 2013-2014 school year.
Approved to pay 2013-2014 Alabama Association of School Boards legal assistance fund for $250.
Authorized superintendent to join: Alabama Association of School Boards, School Superintendent’s of Alabama, Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools.
Authorized superintendent to contract with qualified personnel or agencies for various short-term services during 2013-2014.
Authorized superintendent to submit applications for various programs.
Approved revised board policies: Promotion/Retention of Students; Student Fees and Other Charges; Diplomas and Certificates; Dress Code.
Approved to pay a stipend to local school secretaries and/or bookkeepers for requested summer meetings.
Approved Regions Bank to finance the bus purchases.
Approved salary schedule.
Announced next meeting for Thursday, August 8, 2013.
Trent Moore can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephone at 734-2131, ext. 220.