School board selects officers in reorganization; sets meeting schedule

At it regular monthly meeting held, Monday November 20, 2017, the Greene County Board of Education held it annual board re-organization, electing Mr. Leo Branch as Board President and Dr. Carol P. Zippert as Board Vice President for another year. The board also set the third Monday of each month at 4:30 p.m. as its regular meeting schedule.
In his report to the board, Superintendent James H. Carter, Sr. emphasized the positive role of collaborative learning among students. “ Any successful educator will agree that interested, stimulating, and engaging lessons are paramount in meeting needs of all students. It is an old cliché, but a true one, that students learn best some of the time from other students,” he said. Carter stated that peer teaching-learning will become more prominent in our classrooms. He noted that the challenges to collaborative learning include keeping the students focused with the different personalities in a class setting; redirecting students to the task at hand.
Carter stated that assessment are a critical part of the teacher and student teaching/learning process. “In order for principals, teachers, and students to thoroughly understand this process, assessments are important to measure the effectiveness of the curriculum being taught. Selecting the appropriate assessment tools is part of the challenge,” he said.
In his report Superintendent Carter also noted that technology has become an integral part of educational landscape. Many teachers are very much interested in integrating digital concepts into everyday activities in the classroom as well as the entire curriculum. He stated that parents are currently being trained on how the Chrome Books and Tablets should be used in the Greene County School System. After parents are trained, students can start the process of checking out Chrome Books, to take home for school related activities. Students can currently utilize the Chrome Books in the classroom .
Dr. Carter congratulated Robert Brown Middle School Tigers for an undefeated football season and becoming the the West Alabama Regional Football Champions.

As part of the superintendent’s report, Toice Goodson, Jr., 9th Grade Academy Principal, presented a power point update of the curriculum program administered with the students,
In other business, the board approved the following personnel items recommended by the superintendent.
* Resignations of Tren’D’Mis Davis as bus driver and Jadia Goree as bus driver;
* Rescind resignation of Teresa Atkins.
The board approved the following administrative items recommended by the superintendent.
* First Reading: Greene County Child Nutrition Program Worthless Check Policy; Uncollected Meal Charge Policy
* Contract with West Central Official Association of York, Alabama for Girls Basketball Officials during the 2017 -2018 school term.
* Contract with West Central Official Association of York, Alabama for Boys Basketball Officials during the 2017 -2018 school term.
* Bid Submitted by Covington Flooring Company for Greene County High School Gymnasium with 4 options (ONLY BIDDER). The Superintendent recommends to the Board, (Option – 1)
Removal of existing water damage floor and assembly and dispose of; install new flooring system. Bid Amount: $121,600.00
* Makane Morrow, Out of State Travel, New Orleans
* Give permission to the Superintendent to buy a low millage car or SUV. The cost should be in range of $16,500.00 or $17,500.00 without a trade in.
*Payment of all bills, claims, and payroll
*Bank reconciliations as submitted by Mrs. Katrina Sewell, CSFO
Instructional services approved:
* First Reading: Voluntary Religious Expression Policy; 21st Century Staff Handbook; 21st Century

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