The Cullman City School Board terminated the probationary support contracts of five nurses and voted not to renew the contracts of other employees of the school system at a special-called meeting Thursday.

Superintendent Jan Harris said terminating the nurses’ contracts is necessary as school officials at the state and local levels redefine the position of school nurses.

“That’s it in a nutshell,” Harris said. “The state [Department of Education] is looking at the salary schedule for nurses. We’re waiting on the budget from the state level, and we’re redefining the job description in order to meet the needs of our students. In order to do that effectively, we felt the best way to do that was to re-advertise those positions.”

The board meeting also included approval of the non-renewal of three Cullman High School coaches’ contracts, and the school drama director’s contract. Board Vice President Suzanne Harbin and Place 2 Board Member Brenda Howell cast the only votes against the non-renewal of a contract for Nicholas Feldner, a science teacher and head girls soccer coach at Cullman High School. Howell also cast the only vote against the non-renewal of a contract for Dianne Dale, a third-grade teacher at West Elementary School.

Place 4 board member Kaye Donnelly abstained from a vote against renewal of a contract for Michelle Schlosser, a resource teacher at East Elementary.

Harbin said she voted against a motion not to renew Feldner’s contract because her daughter played on the CHS soccer team this year, and said Feldner was a good coach.

“I felt like he did a good job at that and was a great leader for his players,” Harbin said. “My daughter played for him, and has a lot of respect for him as my husband and I both do.”

Harbin said the school board usually makes decisions on personnel issues based no recommendations from school principals.

“I have to trust that the principals have thoroughly looked at and reviewed each person who is not renewed each year,” she said. “It’s a difficult thing to not support one of our principals in a decision like that, but I just thought it was the right thing to do.”

The board approved the following personnel issues Thursday:

‰ Resignations: Britt Nikki West, music teacher at West Elementary; Megan Apel, business/marketing teacher at CHS.

‰ Non-tenured certified personnel non-renewal of contracts: Michelle Schlosser, resource teacher at East Elementary; Christi Stallings, kindergarten teacher at Cullman City Primary; Katie Dalrymple, language arts teacher and drama director at CHS; Nicholas Feldner, science teacher and head girls soccer coach at CHS; Michell Flack, choral music teacher at CHS; Kenneth Gleaton, health teacher and varsity football offensive coordinator at CHS; Bridgette Keef, physical education teacher and head volleyball coach at CHS; Steen Milne, math teacher at CHS; Dianne Dale, third-grade teacher at West Elementary.

‰ Probationary support personnel terminations: Jennifer Shugarts, nurse at East Elementary; Shan Goodlett, nurse at CMS; Mendy Grimmett, instructional assistant at Cullman City Primary; Amber Humphries, pre-k assistant at Cullman City Primary; Sharon Kochik, temporary instructional assistant at Cullman City Primary; Vanessa Moody, nurse at Cullman City Primary; Yolanda Smith, nurse at CHS; Michelle Ray, nurse at West Elementary; Eva Kilzer, Child Nutrition Program cafeteria worker at CMS; Sharon Green, Child Nutrition Program cafeteria worker at CMS.

‰ Leave of absence: Paige Faulk, fourth-grade teacher at East Elementary.

‰ Supplement: Marc Ponder, resigning as head girls basketball coach at CHS.

‰ Voluntary transfer: Gladys Hudson, from Child Nutrition Program cafeteria manager at West Elementary to Child Nutrition Program manager at CMS.

‰ Employment, Sharyn Hollingsworth, third-grade teacher at West Elementary.

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