National Voting Rights Museum in Selma sponsors ‘Remembrance and Recommitment Ceremony’ for
the 57th anniversary of the passage of the 1965
Voting Rights Act

Voting Rights foot soldiers tell stories of the Selma Movement as part of the 57th anniversary
of the 1965 Voting Right Act.
Voting Rights foot soldiers honored by young people. L to R: Margaret Howard, Jeanette Howard, Jimmy Reynolds., Betty Boynton and Charles Mauldin.

Special to the Democrat by John Zippert, Co-Publisher

The National Voting Rights Museum in Selma, Alabama, on August 6, 2022 sponsored a ‘Remembrance and Recommitment Ceremony’ for the 57th anniversary of the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

The program included a slow-ride of about fifty vehicles from Browns Chapel Church, across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to a rally on the eastern side in the Memorial Park. The rally stressed the importance of recommitting to voter registration, education, and involvement to overcome the efforts at voter suppression and gutting of the Voter Rights Act in recent years by the U. S. Supreme Court.

The rally ended with a litany dedicated to revitalizing the voting rights struggle and passage of the John Lewis Voter Advancement Act which has thus far been blocked in the U. S. Senate by a Republican filibuster.

The program then moved across Highway 80 to the National Voting Rights Museum Building for an afternoon of story telling by the veteran foot-soldiers who participated in the Selma Voting Rights Movement of the 1960’s and were part of the Bloody Sunday March in 1965.

Rev. Bernard Lafayette, a SNCC organizer who choose to come to Selma to work on voting rights in 1963 after the Freedom Rides and serving three weeks in the infamous Parchman Prison in Mississippi, said, “We started organizing young people  because they were available and willing; they could not be fired from a job for agitating and marching because they didn’t have a job. We recruited in the high schools and held classes with young people on their rights, non-violence, and social change theory. When the time came, we had a ready group of people who were the key to the movement in Selma.”

Charles Mauldin, a teenager at 15, was one of the students that Rev. Lafayette reached in 1963 and 1964. He and other student leaders, Terry Shaw, Betty Fikes, and others started boycotting the schools and working for justice in Selma. “My parents were among the first to register to vote in Selma after 1965. They encouraged me and other young people to fight in the movement. It was not an option to be scared. We knew we were taking on the power of the State of Alabama, but we did what we had to do. Mauldin can be seen near the front of the 1965 march, in pictures of Bloody Sunday.

Jimmy Reynolds, another sixties foot soldier said, “I had trouble at first with non-violence. I was not going to turn away when I was hit but after attending mass meetings with my aunt, I joined the movement. I was part of the strategy committee. Dallas County Sheriff, Jim Clarke arrested us in 1963 demonstrations and took us to three jails. We wound up at Camp Camden for about three weeks.

Betty White Boynton, wife of Bruce Boynton and daughter-in-law of Amelia Boynton Robinson, who invited Dr. King to Selma, said she was active as well as a teenager in 1963-65. “I was arrested several times and went to Camp Selma on Highway 80. The conditions were not suitable for human beings, but we kept on working for change,” she said. On Bloody Sunday, she came to Brown’s Chapel at the end of the march to assist people who were beaten and teargassed.

Dr. Joe Reed, head of the Alabama Democratic Conference and state Black teachers’ association said he started activities in his home county of Conecuh and was a student sit in leader at Alabama State in the 1960’s. He participated in the founding meetings for SNCC. By 1965, he was already leading the Black teachers in the state, and he helped Rev. Fred Reese and Marie Foster to help teachers who were involved in the movement.

Two sisters from Marion, Alabama, Margaret, and Jeanette Howard, also gave testimony on the fatal shooting of Jimmie Lee Jackson, by a state trooper, while he was protecting his grandfather from attack by the police in February 1965, in the Perry County seat of Marion, Alabama. Both sisters were recruited out of high school by Albert Turner, legendary SCLC Alabama State Director. Both sisters said they were on the bridge on Bloody Sunday.
Margaret said, “I could run a little faster than my sister, so I was not beaten. But we both went to Camp Selma. We had grits for breakfast, bologna sandwiches for lunch, and peas for dinner. It was a pretty tough place to be for teenagers.”

The program concluded with young people placing medals of achievement around the necks of the foot soldiers to honor them for their courage and bravery in the battle for civil and voting rights.

Greene County Schools welcome scholars and parents for new academic year

Shown above Greene County Superintendent Dr. Corey Jones with Eutaw Primary School Principal Brittany Harris,  touring the school and making sure everything is up to code to welcome students back next week.

The Greene County 2022-2023 School calendar states that the new school term begins Thursday, August 4 with a Virtual Teacher Institute from 8:00 -11:30 am, however, school personnel have been preparing all summer to welcome scholars with an exciting and challenging academic curriculum as well as supporting extra curricula activities. Friday, August 5, is scheduled as professional development day with continuing classroom preparations on the following Monday. Students return to classes on Tuesday, August 9, 2022.
Eutaw Primary School Principal Brittany Harris extends the following welcome to faculty, scholars and parents. “Eutaw Primary School is such an exciting place that’s full of adventures. This year, join the educators at Eutaw Primary School as we go through the jungle, underneath the big top, under the sea, through the forest and outer space. This is sure to be an exciting learning adventure that our scholars will never forget.
“Parents, we encourage you to attend our Open House and Meet & Greet. On August 4, 2022 all kindergarten and first grade scholars and parents are encouraged to meet their child’s teacher from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. On August 8, 2022 all second and third grade scholars and parents are encouraged to meet their child’s teacher from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. We look forward to seeing each of our scholars and parents”
Robert Brown Principal Shawnta Owens extends a similar welcome to the school community.
“Welcome Back.  As we embark on this new school year, Robert Brown Middle School’s faculty and staff look forward to new faces, new opportunities, and new ways to meet the needs of our scholars. Parents, thank you for trusting us with your children, and we look forward to your participation throughout the school year. Please support our RBMS scholars with your presence and positivity, and always remember, “It’s a great day to be a T.I.G.E.R.” 
This enthusiastic welcome comes from Greene County High School Principal Andrea Perry. “As the 2022-2023 school year begins, I am excited to welcome back our faculty, scholars and parents as we kick off a great year. I hope everyone has had an exciting summer and is recharged and ready for a new year. I am privileged to serve as Principal of Greene County High School. Our focus this year is to change the culture and build healthy relationships while improving student achievement. Parents, we look forward to partnering with you to ensure our scholars receive an exceptional education. We are even more excited to work with you and invite you into a climate of smiling faces and open arms. We are committed to ensuring your children receive the best education.”
Superintendent Dr. Corey Jones offers his special welcome to our school community. “Welcome back. We hope everyone had a great summer and is excited to be back. Our district faced many challenges this past year, but our scholars and staff experienced great success even with these obstacles. This was due to the hard work of our scholars and staff. The safety of our scholars and staff continues to be our school district’s priority. Our goal is that Greene County provides the best education for our scholars in a safe environment. We are excited to work with you to provide an excellent educational experience for our scholars. Thank you for everything you do as we continue to strive for excellence. Soaring to Excellence will not only continue to be our brand, but our crowning achievement in Greene County. Let’s make it a great year.”
Please note that masks are required for everyone in the school system. Detailed information on student uniform requirements is available on the school system’s website and in the Greene County Democrat newspaper. Parents/guardians may also contact the central office personnel regarding uniform requirements.
The Greene County Children’s Policy Council and the Greene County School System’s At-Risk Department are sponsoring a Back-To-School Rally and Anti-Bullying Rally on Sunday, August 7.  There will be various speakers, food, and school supplies will be given out.  The rally will be held downtown Eutaw on the Thomas E. Gilmore Square (old courthouse square) from 4:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.

COVID-19

As of July 28, 2022, at 10:00 AM
(According to Alabama Political Reporter)

Alabama had 1,421,760 confirmed cases of coronavirus,
(5,450) more than last week with 19,890 deaths (1) more
than last week)

Greene County had 2,043 confirmed cases, 6 more cases than last week), with 51 deaths

Sumter Co. had 2,807 cases with 52 deaths

Hale Co. had 5,165 cases with 108 deaths

Note: Greene County Physicians Clinic has testing and vaccination for COVID-19;
Call for appointments at 205/372-3388, Ext. 142; ages 5 and up.

Bingo facilities distribute $563,211 for month of June

 

On Tuesday, July 26, 2022, Greene County Sheriff Department issued a listing of the bingo distributions for June, totaling $563,211.34 from four of the five licensed bingo gaming facilities. The June distribution reported by the sheriff includes $24,000 from Greenetrack, Inc. and $51,000 from the Sheriff’s Supplemental Fund distributed to the Greene County Commission.
The bingo facilities regularly distributing through the sheriff include Frontier, River’s Edge, Palace and Bama Bingo. The recipients of the June distributions from bingo gaming include Greene County Sheriff’s Department, the cities of Eutaw, Forkland, Union, and Boligee, the Greene County Board of Education and the Greene County Hospital (Health System).
Sub charities include Children’s Policy Council, Guadalupan Multicultural Services, Greene County Golf Course, Housing Authority of Greene County (Branch Heights), Department of Human Resources, the Greene County Library, Eutaw Housing Authority, Historical Society, REACH, Inc., Headstart Community Service and This Belong To US.
Bama Bingo gave a total of $114,995.01 to the following: Greene County Sheriff’s Department, $48,070; City of Eutaw, $9,250; and the Towns of Forkland, Union and Boligee each, $3,875; Greene County Board of Education, $10,500, and the Greene County Health System, $12,500. Sub Charities, each received $870.53, including REACH. Community Service received $395.69 and This Belong to Us received $79.14.
Frontier (Dream, Inc.) gave a total of $114,995.01 to the following: Greene County Sheriff’s Department, $48,070; City of Eutaw, $9,250; and the Towns of Forkland, Union and Boligee each, $3,875; Greene County Board of Education, $10,500; Greene County Health System, $12,500. Sub Charities each received $870.53, including the Historical Society and REACH. Community Service received $395.69 and This Belong to Us received $79.14.
River’s Edge (Next Level Leaders and Tishabee Community Center Tutorial Program) gave a total of $118,288 to the following: Greene County Sheriff’s Department, $48,070; City of Eutaw, $12,543; and the Towns of Forkland, Union and Boligee each, $3,875; Greene County Board of Education, $10,500; Greene County Health System, $12,500. Sub Charities each, $1,027, including the Historical Society and REACH. Community Service received $467 and This Belong to Us received $92.
Palace (TS Police Support League) gave a total of $214,933.32 to the following: Greene County Sheriff’s Department, $89.846.04; City of Eutaw, $17,288.87; and the Towns of Forkland, Union and Boligee each, $7,242.63; Greene County Board of Education, $19,625.20 and the Greene County Health System, $23,363.33; Sub Charities received $1,726.02, including the Historical Society and REACH, Inc. Community Service received $784.55 and This Belong to Us received $156.91.

Superintendent shares goals in progress for new school year

At the Board of Education meeting held Monday, July 18, 2022, Superintendent Dr. Corey Jones presented his 10 General Goals for the upcoming school year, 2022-2023. Jones noted in advance that this was considered a first drat presentation and that plans and implementations are upgraded and adjusted as the school year progresses. The following is a summary of the Superintendent’s goals.
Goal 1 is to continue to maintain a safe and healthy environment that maximizes learning for scholars and staff. This includes the physical cleanliness and maintenance of all school property; safety and security measures and reduction in student incident reports. Jones said he is working to ensure that school resource officers are appropriately trained for all adverse circumstances, and that scholars and school personnel are prepared through regular drills to take proper safety actions if under attack.
Goal 2 focuses on the academic program with emphasis on reading and mathematics directed through special interventionist programs.
Goal 3 is to work in partnership with the community to enrich educational programs and create a true school community. The approach will include scheduled Town Hall Meetings, School and Community Listening Sessions and other face-to-face and virtual meetings.
Goal 4 is to implement monthly Superintendent’s Advisory Council gatherings with various scholar groups. “These will be Brown Bag sessions to create comfortable atmospheres to listen and hear from students,” he said.
Goal 5 is to put specific measures in place to raise the graduation rate to at least 90%. Goal 6 is to continue to build collaborative relationships with local and state officials. Goal 7 is to ensure that the District remains financially solvent and that funds are expended in the most efficient manner. In Goal 8, the superintendent will continue to attend professional development opportunities to increase his leadership skills.
Goal 9 is to develop and monitor a plan to reduce the district’s long tern financial obligations.
Finally, Goal 10 is to provide access to professional development to meet the needs of the administrative leadership.
In his report, Dr. Jones also noted that specific information regarding safeguards for COVID, including mask requirements at school, will be provided publicly, as well as the standard uniform guidelines for scholars.
The board approved the following personnel items recommended by the superintendent.
Employment – 2002-2023 School Year: Dorothy Jones, School Nurse, Eutaw Primary School; Shamyra Jones, JAG Instructor, Greene County Career Center; LaMonica Little, Career Coach, Greene County Career Center; Tracy Hinton, Biology Teacher, Greene County High School; Torethia Mitchell, 10th Grade Science Teacher, Greene County High School; Sylvia Williams, English Teacher, Greene County High School; Trudy Finley, Kindergarten Teacher, Eutaw Primary School; KaLeigha Jemison, Kindergarten Teacher, Eutaw Primary School; Reginald Coats, 2nd Grade Teacher, Eutaw Primary School; Tiffany Washington, Secretary/Bookkeeper, Eutaw Primary School; Shirley Stewart, Child Nutrition Program Director, Greene County Board; Shafontaye Myers, 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Robert Brown Middle School; Deborah Taylor, Cook at Robert Brown Middle School; Twelia Morris, from 10-Month Secretary at Greene County Career Center to 12 Month Secretary; Tyesha M. Weeks, Parent Engagement Facilitator, Greene County schools; Marquavius King, 4th Grade Reacher, Robert Brown Middle School; Demetria Lyles, 4th Grade Teacher, Robert Brown Middle School.
Resignation: Allison Newton, Science Teacher, Robert Brown Middle School, effective, June 28, 2022; Josef Stancer, Band Teacher, Greene County High School.
Voluntary Transfers: Tavaris Lacy from 7th /8th Grade Language Arts to P.E. Teacher; Quentin Walton from 6th Grade Math to 5th Grade Math; Leanita Hunt from 5th Grade to 6th Grade Language Arts; KaToya Quarles from 7th/8th Grade Math to 6th Grade Math.
Supplemental Contracts: Nicole Henley, Cheerleader Coach, Greene County High School for 2022-2023 School Year; Paula Calligan, Line Dance, Greene County High School for 2022-2023 School Year.
The board approved Professional Development Sessions for new ELA Reading Program Open Court July 7, 2022, Eutaw Primary School, with $25 per hour for participants.
Eutaw Primary School Participants: Genetta Bishop, Carolyn Beck, Pamela McGee, Robin Campbell, Quenterica White, Danielle Sanders-Williams, Elona Washington, Cheryl Morrow, Montoya Binion, Walter Taylor, Destiny Taylor, LaShaun Henley, Charlease Smith, Keisha Williams, Shana Lucy, Pamela Pasteur, and Sherita Pickens.
Robert Brown Middle School Participants: Annie Howard, Vanessa Bryant, Theodora Scott, Henry Miles, Jr., Dr. Sharron Martin.
The board also approved the following expenditures adjustments and personnel contract.
* Request for continuation of annual stipends for all full-time Child Nutrition Program employees who maintain Level 1 Certification from School Nutrition Association, for School Year 2021-2022, and thereafter in May of each year. Cooks @ $250, Managers @ $500, Director @ $750.
* $500 stipend for the Building Test Coordinator (BTC) Marilyn Knott. For administering the ACAP to the third-grade scholars at Eutaw Primary School during the week of June 27, 2022 – July 1, 2022
* Adjusted Principal Contract for Brittany Harris, Eutaw Primary School.
Approved contract service agreement between Greene County Board and Cynthia Crawford for technical support to Greene County School System.
The board approved the following administrative items.
* Payment of all bills, claims, and payroll.
Bank reconciliations as submitted by Ms. Marquita Lennon, CSFO.
Contractual Agreement between Greene County Board and Helping Hands Therapy, Physical Speech Therapy.
Rescind the Approval of Contract with Vision Financial Group, INC.
Smart Board Purchase by Prologic, in lieu of the previously approved.
Agreement between Greene County Board and H&H Educational Services, LLC, Psychometric Services.
Agreement between Greene County Board, and ASA/AREN for Activation of CIPA Content Filtering.
Agreement between Greene County Board and Power School, Assessment and Reporting Core.
Approval of Greene County High School Mu Alpha Theta students to travel to Sevierville TN, April 14, 2023.
Approval of Contract Agreement between Greene County Board and Snyder Electric.
Removal and Installation of fence, Robert Brown Middle School, Football Field by West Alabama Fencing.
Service Agreement between Greene County Board and Southern Educational Service Agency, LLC.

Low turnout decisive in runoff results

Roshonda Summerville, Robert Davis and Brandon Merriweather

In yesterday’s runoff election, only 1,567 people in Greene County voted, as compared to 2,955 in the May 24 First Primary, which was almost a 50% decline. In the runoff there were 1,348 Democrats and 219 Republican voters in the county.

In the race for County Commission, District 5, incumbent Roshonda Summerville received 201 votes (51.14%) to Marvin Childs with 192 votes (48.85%). Summerville will serve a second four-year term, since she is unopposed in the November General Election.

In the Greene County Board of Education races, in District 1, Robert Davis won with 208 (62%) votes to 127 (38%) for Dr. Carol P. Zippert, the incumbent; in District 2, Brandon Merriweather garnered 143 votes (56%) to defeat Tameka King with 113 (44%) votes. The Greene County Board of Education will have two new members, for six-year terms, after the November elections.

Commenting on his victory, Robert Davis said, “ I want to thank the voters of District 1 for placing their confidence in me. I am ready to go to work.”

In Greene County, Malika Sanders Fortier had 751 votes (59%) to 530 for Yolanda Flowers with 530 (41%) for the Democratic nomination for Governor; but statewide, Flowers won with 32,416 (55%) to 26,363 (45%) for Fortier. Flowers, who like Fortier is African-American, will challenge Kay
Ivey for the Governor’s position. This is the first time an African-American was nominated by a major party in Alabama for Governor.

Katie Britt, Republican candidate for U. S. Senate won in Greene County with 147 votes (67%) to Mo Brooks with 72 votes (33%), Britt also won the Republican nomination statewide by 252,877 (63%) to 148,420 (37%) for Mo Brooks. Britt is being challenged by Democratic nominee Will
Boyd, an African-American preacher and business owner in the November election.

In the Republican races statewide, Wes Allen was nominated over Jim Zeigler, in the Secretary of State race and will face Democratic opposition in November. Andrew Sorrell was nominated over Stan Cooke for State Auditor band has no opposition in November. In the Alabama Public Service Commission races, Jeremy Oden was nominated for Place 1 over Brent Woodall; and for Place 2, Greene County resident, Chip Beeker was nominated statewide over Robert McCollum.

In the District 23, State Senate race, Hank Sanders of Selma lost his bid to be elected to his old seat in the Alabama State Senate representing Selma-Dallas County and surrounding areas. Robert L. Stewart, a former employee of Congresswoman Terri Sewell, won with 8,245 (55.6%) to 6,585 (44.4%) for Hank Sanders.

Bingo entities distribute $504,211.31 for month of May

On Thursday,  June 16, 2022, Greene County Sheriff Department issued a listing of the bingo distributions for May, totaling $504,211.31 from four of the five licensed bingo gaming facilities.  The May distribution reported by the sheriff includes $24,000 from Greenetrack, Inc. and $51,000 from the Sheriff’s Supplemental Fund distributed to Greene County Commission.  
The bingo facilities regularly distributing through the sheriff include Frontier, River’s Edge, Palace and Bama Bingo.  The recipients of the May distributions from bingo gaming include Greene County Sheriff’s Department, the cities of Eutaw, Forkland, Union, and Boligee, the Greene County Board of Education and the Greene County Hospital (Health System).           
Sub charities include Children’s Policy Council, Guadalupan Multicultural Services, Greene County Golf Course, Housing Authority of Greene County (Branch Heights), Department of Human Resources, the Greene County Library, Eutaw Housing Authority, Historical Society, REACH, Inc., Headstart  Community Service and This Belong To US.
  Bama Bingo gave a total of $114,995.03 to the following: Greene County Sheriff’s Department, $48,070; City of Eutaw, $9,250; and the Towns of Forkland, Union and Boligee each, $3,875; Greene County Board of Education, $10,500, and the Greene County Health System,  $12,500. Sub Charities, each received $1,026.89, including REACH. Community Service received $466.77 and This Belong to Us received $93.35.  
Frontier (Dream, Inc.) gave a total of $114,995.03 to the following: Greene County Sheriff’s Department, $48,070; City of Eutaw, $9,250; and the Towns of Forkland, Union and Boligee each, $3,875; Greene County Board  of Education, $10,500; Greene County Health System, $12,500. Sub Charities each, received $1,026.89, including the Historical Society and REACH.  Community Service received $466.77and This Belong to Us received $93.35.
    River’s Edge (Next Level Leaders and Tishabee Community Center Tutorial Program) gave a total of  $118,288 to the following:  Greene County Sheriff’s Department, $48,070; City of Eutaw, $12,543; and the Towns of Forkland, Union and Boligee  each, $3,875; Greene County Board of Education, $10,500; Greene County Health System, $12,500. Sub Charities each, $1,027, including the Historical Society and REACH.  Community Service received $467 and This Belong to Us received $92.
     Palace (TS Police Support League) gave a total of $155,933.25 to the following: Greene County Sheriff’s Department, $65,182.92; City of Eutaw, $12,543; and the Towns of Forkland, Union and Boligee each, $5,254.50; Greene County Board of Education, $14,238 and the Greene County Health System, $16,950; Sub Charities received $1,392.46, including the Historical Society and REACH $1,392.46. Community Service received $632.94 and This Belong to Us received $126.59.
      In the Sheriff’s May distribution report, supplemental funds, totaling $62,181.20, were provided by the four licensed facilities.  Bama Bingo contributed $14,274.79; Frontier contributed $14,274.79; River’s Edge contributed $14,275.00 and Palace contributed $19,356.62 as sheriff’s supplemental funds.  

Superintendent Jones reports multiple grants to school system Eutaw Primary awarded $10,000 health education grant from Blue Cross/Blue Shield

At the Greene County Board of Education meeting held Monday, May 13, 2002, Superintendent Dr. Corey Jones reported on several new grants awarded to the school system. Eutaw Primary School Principal, Ms. Brittany Harris, presented an overview of the $10,000 CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) grant awarded to EPS by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. Ms. Harris explained that the grant is for the implementation of a school-based health and wellness program that emphasizes increased physical activity and nutritional education during the school year. “Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama made available $250,000 with award grants up to $10,000 to schools across the state that enroll students in grades K through eight, and Eutaw Primary School was one of 31 schools to receive an award” she stated.
Principal Harris also reported on the plans to secure new playground equipment for Eutaw Primary School. She shared visual proposals from two companies: Play and Park Structures and Burke Play that Moves You. Resources for the new equipment will come from ESSER funds. She noted that once the company is selected, preparations to install new equipment will begin.
Superintendent Jones reported that the Child Nutrition Program was awarded a No Kid Hungry grant of $25,000 for the weekend back pack program. The grant will support scholars receiving a backpack of food for the weekend beginning with the next school term, and staff stipends. No Kid Hungry is the only national campaign committed to ending childhood hunger in the U.S.
Jones also reported that Greene County High School received a $1,000 grant from Alabama Power Foundation for classroom materials.
Continuing his updates to the board, Dr. Jones stated that 86 scholars at Eutaw Primary School had an identified reading deficiency and were invited to attend the Summer Reading Camp. There are currently 51 of the 86 scholars attending the camp at EPS. Jones noted that the ACAP scores were not released yet, but he expected favorable results, however, according to the Alabama Literacy Act, any scholar who did not meet the cut score of 452 would be retained.Superintendent Jones stated that 37 scholars are enrolled in the summer program at Robert Brown Middle School. RBMS will host a Tiger Round Up Job Fair on Thursday June 16. Juneteenth will also be celebrated with a cookout and crafts.
The scholars in the after-school program at Greene County High visited the Alabama Museum of Natural Science and toured Stillman College in Tuscaloosa. Jones stated that 24 students are enrolled in credit recovery at GCHS; 83% of seniors completed FAFSA and 83% of the class of 2022 were accepted into college.
The following personnel items recommended by the superintendent were approved by the board.
Resignations: Jakeyla Woods, Science Teacher, Greene County High School, June 30, 2022; Shelia Daniels, Secretary, Eutaw Primary, effective June 10, 2022; Hillary Bruner, 2nd Grade Teacher, Eutaw Primary School, effective June 10, 2022; Tara Thomas, Kindergarten Teacher, Eutaw Primary School, effective June 30, 2022.
Employment: Victoria Moore, Chemistry Teacher, Greene County High School; Patrick Allen, CNP Director, Greene County Board of Education.
Recall: Destiny Taylor, 2nd Grade Teacher, Eutaw Primary School.
Supplemental Contract, Spring Football Training: Corey Cockrell; Rodney Wesley.
Supplemental Contract, Greene County High School – 2022-2023 School Term: Corey Cockrell, Head Football Coach: Rodney Wesley, Assistant Football Coach; Zadderick Smith, Offensive Line Coach; Britney Jenkins, Head Volleyball Coach; Janice Jeames Askew, Assistant Volleyball Coach; Janice Jeames Askew, Athletic Director.
Retroactive Approval After School Extended Day Teachers
Eutaw Primary School: Genetta Bishop; Elona Washington.
Robert Brown Middle School: Raven Bryant; Vanessa Gray; Leanita Hunt; Allison Newton; KaToya Quarles; Elroy Skinner; Felecia Smith; Pinkie Travis;
Greene County High School: Cassandra Freeman; Angela Harkness; Janice Jeames Askew; Brittany Jenkins; Dutchess Jones; Drenda Morton; Tameshia Porter; Kelsey Smith;
Bus Drivers: Eddie Coats; Ayanna Crawford; Marilyn Finch; Gerald Holloway; Nastasha Lewis; Freddie Merriweather; Wennoal Peebles.
Extended Day Personnel – Rates of Pay: Lead Teacher $35. hourly; Teacher $30. hourly; Teacher Assistant $25. hourly; Bus Driver $25. hourly;
Three-Year Non-Probationary Principal Contract for Andrea Perry, Greene County High School;
Three-Year Non-Probationary Principal Contract for Brittany Harris, Eutaw Primary School.
Issue Concerning After School Program: Superintendent recommended that funds paid out without proper authorization of the board need to be repaid by the persons receiving the funds. The board approved the same.
The board approved the following administrative service items.

  • Payment of all bills, claims, and payroll.
  • Bank reconciliations as submitted by Ms. Marquita Lennon, CSFO.
  • Approval of FY22 Budget Amendments.
  • Contract with SAVVAS Learning Company LLC to provide professional development.
  • Approval of Mr. Rice, to travel to Texas to attend SREB School Improvement Conference, July 19-22, 2022.
    *Approval of Stillman College Stem Summer Enrichment Camp.
  • Amendment of school calendar to include the Juneteenth Holiday on Monday, June 20, 2022.

Adopt-A-School reigns big in Greene County
Four schools impacted by partnerships with AAS this month by companies, businesses, and churches in Greene County

Greene County Career Center adopted by Cook Utility, Mills Pharmacy and M&A Auto
Greene County High School was adopted by Freedom Rock Church, Mills Pharmacy and cook Unity
Eutaw Primary School was adopted by New Generation, Greene County PARA and Tishabee Nonprofit Organization
Robert Brown Middle School adopted by Eutaw High Class of 1979 Foundation.

Adopt-A-School is now in Greene County in a big way. Business and industry, faith-based sectors, and organizations in Greene County are getting a head start in partnering with schools before the start of the school year in August.
“Businesses and organizations partnering with public schools create several mutually beneficial advantages for each party. Businesses that support schools with contributions of volunteer time and funds are viewed as good corporate citizens interested in helping shape the local workforce,” said Superintendent Dr. Corey Jones.
“Schools benefit by receiving tangible and intangible assistance from the local businesses and organizations.  We are excited to form these lasting relationships in Greene County schools,” said Jones.
Overall, there were 10 partnerships with schools in Greene County which officially began June 7, 2022.
Adoptions include:
•Cook Unity in the Community adopted Greene County High School and Greene County Career Center
•Freedom Rock Church adopted Greene County High School
•Greene County Park and Recreation adopted Eutaw Primary School
•M&A Auto Diesel, LLC adopted Greene County Career Center
•Mills Pharmacy adopted Greene County High School and Greene County Career Center
•New Generation Community Outreach adopted Eutaw Primary School
•Tishabee Nonprofit Organization adopted Eutaw Primary School “The entire school community, in particular the students, gain from the additional resources and experience offered by corporate and community partners. These Greene County partners will now make a significant, direct impact on the school community and have an opportunity to form quality relationships within the schools,” said Carolyn Tubbs Director of Education Programs.
Each partnership committed to implement activities around the four initiatives of the Pillars of Education (Literacy, Character, Elevating Educators, and Career Pathways) by offering incentives and volunteers.
For AAS is a strong advocate of the Pillars of Education initiative. All AAS partners are encouraged to push students to take advantage of opportunities to foster character development in addition to addressing the needs of educators and supporting their efforts in and out of the classroom. This will allow them to gain an increase in literary skills and capitalize on their abilities to discover a career path of their choosing.
As seen above, most schools graciously have more than one adopter to their school. We wish to encourage other entities to step forward if they wish to become an additional adopter of Robert Brown Middle School.  
For more information about Adopt-A-School, and how your business or organization can support a public school in West Alabama, email carolyn@westalabamachamber.com or call (205) 391-0556. We have a school for you! Learn more about Adopt-A-School by clicking here .

 

King is candidate for school board District 2 seat in runoff

I, Tameka King, am soliciting your vote on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, to become your next District 2 Board of Education Representative of the Greene County School System. I will represent this district with interaction, communication, and gratitude to help our students prosper in their educational studies. I will be an asset to students, parents, and teachers by bridging the parent-teacher relationship gap that exists in the school system today. I am a 1996 graduate of Paramount High School, 2001 graduate of Alabama A&M University (BS), and 2004 graduate of The University of West Alabama (MS).  I am employed at Greenetrack Bingo, a member of St. Matthew Baptist Church, Clinton, AL and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Again, I am the one you need to represent you, to have a voice for you and your children. Please elect me when you go to the polls and vote on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.