BOARD MEETING BRIEF
PELL CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION
Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 6:00 p.m.
Congratulations to Jones Willingham, 7th grade student at Duran South who was 2nd place winner
of the 2012 St. Clair County Spell Bee.
Angelia Oden, Pell City High School parent spoke regarding her concerns.
The Board took action on the following items:
I. Approval of Minutes
January 17, 2012, Regular Meeting
II. Action Items
a. Whitten, Heather—Elementary Teacher at Williams Intermediate,
resigning effective February 3, 2012.
b. Gossett, Jeremy—Drama Teacher at Pell City High School, resigning
effective February 10, 2012.
a. Davis, Greggory E.—Transportation Mechanic at Transportation, effective
February 15, 2012, pending background clearance.
3. Leave of Absence
a. Helms, Tonya—Elementary Teacher at Walter Kennedy, Family and
Medical Leave beginning March 9, 2012, with Ms. Helms returning 1st
day of the 2012-2013 school year.
b. Friday, Merrill—Counselor at Pell City High School, Family and Medical
Leave beginning February 21, 2012, with Ms. Friday returning April 30,
4. Substitute Lists-Pending Background Investigation
a. Substitute Teachers
Heather Streeval Jennifer Ibrahim Sharon Crosby
b. Substitute Lunchroom Worker
c. Substitute Bus Driver
John Paul Golden
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II. Action Items-Con't
a. LEAPS Academy—Providing Language and Behavioral Services, approval
to amend the 2011 contract to cover the services for an additional student.
b. Reeve, Dr. Christine—Board Certified Behavior Analyst/Autism
Specialist, effective February 15, 2012 until September 1, 2012.
1. Resolution Opposing School Start Date Legislation.
School Start Date Legislation
WHEREAS, the Pell City Board of Education is aware that members of the Alabama Legislature will
consider legislation that would outline school start dates for public schools in the state of Alabama; and
WHEREAS, each local board of education already is required by Alabama Code §16-8-30 to set a uniform
start date for all schools within its system, thereby recognizing that school calendars are local decisions;
WHEREAS, unique local decisions take place in over 130 Alabama school systems regarding student
achievement, holiday preferences, conflicts with community events, programmatic partnerships with local
colleges and universities, and work days for educators to meet with parents; and
WHEREAS, the Pell City Board of Education is the duly elected body foremost charged with making
decisions that are in the best interest of its students and student achievement; and
WHEREAS, the Pell City Board of Education and its faculty are held accountable for student achievement
not only by the community, but under both state and federal accountability programs; and
WHEREAS, local decisions about school calendar directly impact student performance, student and
faculty morale, and community input;
WHEREAS, a statewide school start date would compromise the Pell City school system's academic
calendar and force students to lose instructional time prior to standardized testing; and
WHEREAS, the Pell City school system's academic calendar is an education priority and not a business or
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the members of the Pell City Board of Education
unequivocally oppose statewide legislation on the school calendar and ask all members representing Pell
City Board of Education to vote against any bill which proposes to outline a statewide start date or calendar
for Alabama public schools.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be recorded in the minutes of the Pell City
Board of Education and provided to the Alabama Association of School Boards, each member of the
Alabama Legislative Delegation and the Governor.
Done this the 14th day of February, 2012.
Superintendent Board Chairman
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II. Action Items-Con't
C. Approval of Proposed School Calendar for the 2012/2013 school year.
August 1 Institute
August 2 Teacher Inservice
August 3 Teacher Inservice
August 6 Teacher Inservice
August 7 First Day for Students (First Semester)
September 3 Labor Day Holiday
October 10-12 Fall Break
October 22 Parenting Day/Inservice
November 12 Veterans Day Holiday
November 21-23 Thanksgiving Holidays
December 19 Winter Break
January 2 Teacher Inservice
January 3 First Day for Students (Second Semester)
January 21 King/Lee Holiday
February 18 Weather Day/President’s Day Holiday
March 25-29 Spring Break
April 26 Weather Day
May 23 Graduation/Last Day for Students
May 24 Inservice
ATTENDANCE REPORT FOR FUNDING TO SDE (Labor Day + 20 Days) 10/1/12
Ending dates for 20-day Attendance Reporting:
(20 Days) 9/4/12 (80 Days) 12/7/12 (140 Days) 3/20/13
(40 Days) 10/2/12 (100 Days) 1/22/13 (160 Days) 4/24/13
(60 Days 11/5/12 (120 Days) 2/20/13 (180 Days) 5/23/13
PROGRESS REPORT DATES
9/6/12 11/8/12 2/7/13 4/18/13
REPORT CARD DATES
10/18/12 1/10/13 3/14/13 5/23/13
Grading Periods: 8/7/12-10/5/12 ♦ 10/8/12-12/18/12 ♦ 1/3/13-3/8/13 ♦ 3/11/13-5/23/13
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II. Action Items-Con't
D. Approval of the Following Surplus Items:
1990 Ford F350 White
VIN #: 1FDHF37YOLKA48813
1992 Chevrolet 2500 Brown
VIN #: 1GCFC24H7NE217195
2 – Toro Z Master 60” Cut
1992 Dodge B250 Blue
VIN #: 2B7HB21Y5NK146428
1 – 4,000 lb engine hoist, Southeastern Tool & Equipment Serial #00722
1 – engine stand, medium duty
1 – transmission jack, 1-ton Rotary Model SE602
1 – pneumatic floor bottle jack
1 – pneumatic sand blaster, ALC Model F300
1 – vehicle mountable air compressor, National 021-0152 with 11hp Kohler
1 – arc welder, Lincoln Model AC-225-S
1 – tractor, Allis-Chalmers 5030 Serial #3954 with box blade and 60” Bush Hog
Model RZ60 Serial #1Z-01129
E. Approval to pay $15,000 for the old car lot property located at Pell City High
School to Robert and Brenda Dorough. In addition a letter of donation to school
F. Approval of the Accounts Payable for January in the amount of $1,648,994.37.
G. Approval of FY 2012 Budget Amendment I.
III. Monthly Financial and Bank Reconciliation
IV. Superintendent’s Report
Laurie Funderburg, Cory O’Neal, and Tammy Stewart, principals at Eden Elementary,
Duran South, and Coosa Valley spoke and presented a power point presentation.
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IV. Superintendent's Report-Con’t
Pell City High School News:
JROTC: Congratulations to Pell City High School Army JROTC who competed in the
Central Alabama Area JROTC Drill Meet in Birmingham, on January 21, 2012. Over 20
teams from our area competed. PCHS Drill Team finished in 3rd place, both Color
Guard Teams finished in 1st place and the Academic Team finished in 3rd place. Overall
PCHS finished in 1st place, receiving the overall Commander’s Trophy. This is the first
time PCHS JROTC has won the Commander’s Trophy. The top five schools from the
Area Drill JROTC Drill Meet will go on to the State Drill Meet on April 14, 2012 which
will be held in Birmingham.
Wrestling Team: On Saturday, February 11, 2012, the Pell City High School wrestling
team competed in the AHSAA 6A Section 3 Wrestling Tournament in Gardendale,
Alabama. Below is a list of student athletes who will be representing Pell City High
School at the Alabama State Wrestling Tournament in Huntsville, Alabama, February
16th through the 18th.
120 lbs Jake Smith 1st Place 6A Section 3
132 lbs Robert Lowery 3rd Place 6A Section 3
152 lbs Daniel Edwards 3rd Place 6A Section 3
182 lbs Alex Hopson 1st Place 6A Section 3
195 lbs Will Harmon 4th Place 6A Section 3
Congratulations to Coach Del Hufford and team members.
Scholar’s Bowl Team: Pell City High School Scholar’s Bowl Team went undefeated on
Friday, February 10th and advanced to the Regional tournament to be held on March 3rd.
Our Junior Varsity competed on January 27th and finished 3rd behind Grissom and
Buckhorn. The members of our team are as follows: Nick Toth, Melissa Shostak, Alex
Hartley, Mark Lee, Cameron Roberts, Lexie Vandall, Emmy Byrd, and Melody Hardin.
Congratulations to Coach Michelle Sanders and team members.
V. Future Meeting
The March board meeting will be Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 6:00 p.m.
Bobby Hathcock, Ed. D., Superintendent