The Calhoun County board of education met on Monday at 6
Under delegations, the board went into executive session
for 21 minutes to discuss personnel issues, and returned to the regular
session at 6:26.
Among those appearing be-fore the board was Sharon
Pitts, faculty senate president, who proposed that “students no longer
be permitted to have possession of any type of cell phones or electronic
devices (iPods, cameras, and hand held video games) during school hours.
Our intention is to include this policy in our 2010 handbook.”
Pitts said that other schools have adapted policies
regarding cell phones.
Propst said, “I would like to see this a county-wide
policy on the outside of the student hand book. I suggest we begin to
put together a policy like (other counties) and that it gets publicized
“Maybe the administration, along with (the board) can
come up with a set of disciplines, and we can put together a set policy
to at least put before the board at the July meeting to go out on
He said that he was in full agreement with a ban.
Carla Taylor, director of school improvement, and Bonnie
Sands, instructional technology supervisor, discussed the budget and the
process for getting repairs made throughout the county’s schools.
Taylor said, “We depend on the state’s allocation for
what we now call ‘Tools for Schools.’ We should be at the state’s
mandated level now.”
Sands said that within the next few years the computer
infrastructure will increase.
“We need to work on our reporting procedures, so that if
someone has a computer problem, they can report it,” said Taylor.
“Bonnie can not be at every school every day, so we have to depend on
others to report (problems).”
Band Boosters representative Danielle Stevens expressed
concern of “the future of the band.” She asked the board to consider
having a beginner band class in the middle school as an elective for
“Having a beginner band class in the middle school would
greatly help the enrollment in the band. It is no surprise that the band
has dropped from over 100 members to 17 over the years, a gradual
thing,” said Stevens. “The band has enabled many kids (to have) a
creative and talented way to express themselves and I would hate to see
Propst and the board members expressed their support of
Board members approved the following items:
--Old business: Rescind employment of Mathew Taylor,
summer substitute bus operator/ custodian.
--Personnel: Resignations, Curtis Garretson, assistant
middle school football coach; Kevin Cunningham, head
football coach; Scott Golinsky, summer elementary teacher and summer
recreation instructor; Bridgette Bowen Harper, band director; Kyre
Minney, elementary teacher.
Retirements, Barbara Jones, June 9; Deborah Cunningham,
Employment: Summer, Tricia Brown, substitute bus
operator/custodian; Scottie Westfall, elementary teacher and recreation
instructor; Craig Arthur, student tutor.
Coaches/trainer, Brian Ritchie, assistant CMS football coach; Brandi Richards, head softball
coach; Ernest Tingler, athletic trainer.
Service Personnel, Marie King, custodian III, CM/HS.
Professional, Melanie Gar-rett, science teacher.
--Finance: Invoices, $508,651.91; Supplements, $83,999;
Transfers, $507,126; May Financial Statement; Basile & Associates,
student accident insurance, 2010-11; Sports Specialty -
Insurance, athletic insurance, 2010-11; Blanket approval thru June 30
for invoices, supplements and transfers.
Board president Cynthia Dale and superintendent Roger
Propst presented board member Larry Harris a plaque for his service as a
board member. His term ends this month.
Under board concerns, Larry Harris thanked the board and
wished them, “Good luck.”
Members Steve Whited, Joy Starcher and Dale, and Propst
thanked Harris and Lee Evans, who was absent, for serving on the board
The meeting adjourned at 7:46 p.m.
Since new board members need to be sworn in before July
1, newly elected Mike Wilson, Faye Barnhart and Steve Whited will take
their oaths on Monday, June 28, 7 p.m., at the board of education
They will be publicly sworn in at the board meeting on
Tuesday, July 6, at 6 p.m.
Larry Harris accepts a plaque in appreciation of his board service from
superintendent Roger Propst.