School board presented update on STEM Program in school system

 

 

Shown at Display of STEM Program, L to R: Nashambia Sewell, Science Teacher; School Board Members, Mr. William Morgan; Dr. Carol P. Zippert; Ms. Carrie Dancy; Ms. Kashaya Cockrell and Mr. Leo Branch. and Pictured: David Peterson, Joe N. Webb and Superintendent, Dr. James Carte displaying Citations.

At the regular meeting of the Greene County Board of Education, held Monday, October 15, 2018, Superintendent James Carter provided the board an update of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) program as it operates in the school system. Ms. Nashambia Sewell, who joined the school system as a science teacher this year, led the presentation on STEM skills and careers. She noted that a goal of the program is to guide students to think of the skills needed in today’s workplace. “Most employers want workers who are able to reason and solve problems using some math, science, or technology,” she indicated.

In addition to intensive course work, the STEM program will engage students in related exposures through various field trips. STEM is designed to prepare students for various careers, providing them with skills not just in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, but also in communication, creative abilities, leadership and organizational skills. Superintendent Carter reported that the Transportation Department received favorable review from the State Department of Education for school bus safety inspection for 2017. Citations were presented to transportation staff Johnny Pelt, David Peterson, Nathaniel Webb and Transportation Coordinator, Joe N. Webb for attaining the goal of excellence. Dr. Carter also noted that the Greene County School Board received the AASB School Board Member Academy President’s Award 2018 for demonstrating a commitment to excellence in education through boardsmanship training. Board member Kashaya Cockrell reached Levels 2 & 3 in AASB training; Board Member Carol Zippert reached Level 4. In other business, the board acted on the following personnel items recommended by the superintendent: * Approved the resignation of Ms. Sadie Moore, Secretary – Eutaw Primary School, Effective September 12, 2018 * Approved employment of Rachael Nixon, Secretary, Eutaw Primary School for 2018-2019 school year. * Approved employment of Wanda Gaitor, Part-time Secretary, Greene County High School, and Part-time Secretary at Greene County Career Center. Approved the appointment of Mr. Fredrick Square, as School District Safety Coordinator, for the 2018-2019 school year. The board acted on the following administrative services recommended by the superintendent: * Approved request to accept counter offer from Town of Boligee for Paramount School Property, pending clarification that it is for 15 acres and other conditions of use and pending completion of survey. * Approved request to survey and appraise Eatman School property. * Approved request to survey and appraise Mt. Hebron property. * Approve contract between Greene County Board and Kim Herren, Special Education Services for Greene County Head Start. * Approve contract between Greene County Board and Mattie Strode, Special Education Services for Homebound Students. * Approved contact between Greene County Board and Woods Therapeutic Services, Inc., for Special Education Personal Care Aides. * Approved contract for Greene County High School Basketball Team, to participate in interscholastic Athletic Contest against non-member school basketball tournament in Ft. Walton Beach Florida, December 27 – 29, 2018. * Approved contract between Greene County High School and West Central Official Association during the 2018-2019 school year. Approved field trip request for Eutaw Primary School to attend Audubon Aquarium and Zoo in New Orleans, May, 2019. Approved Career & Technical Education Policies: 1. Plan for Achieving Excellence; 2. Live Work Guidelines; 3. Instructions for Handling Career Tech Data; 4. Enrollment Procedures; 5. Safety Procedures; 6. Adult Sex Offender. The board approved the following instructional items. * Statement of Commitment regarding School Safety. * Policies for the following programs: 1. Student Suicide Prevention (Jason Flatt ACT); 2. Student Conduct and Supervision; 3.Corporal Punishment. Approve the following Plan and Policies for Federal Program for 2019: 1. Foster Care Plan; 2. LEA Consolidated Plan; 3. McKinney-Vento District Homeless Policy; 4. Dispute Resolution for Homeless, Foster Care, English Learner, Migrant, and Immigrant students; 5. Enrollment Policy for Homeless, Foster Care, English Learner Migrant and Immigrant Students. The financial reports were presented by Ms. LaVonda Blair, CSFO and Mr. Marvin Taylor, Interim CSFO.

Board meeting delayed over non-approval of agenda; board selects personnel for 2nd year 21st Century Community Learning Centers

At the regular meeting of the Greene County Board of Education, Monday, September 17, 2018, there was an unexpected delay in implementing the formal meeting. Following the usual protocol of the Call to Order, Invocation, Roll Call and Welcome to Visitors, Board President Leo Branch asked for a motion for adoption of the Agenda. Carol P. Zippert, Board Vice President, moved that the agenda be adopted as presented. With four of the board members present, there was no second offered for that motion. Board Attorney Hank Sanders advised that the meeting could not continue without an agenda. Board Member Carrie Dancy remarked that she did not agree with everything on the agenda. Zippert responded that the agenda is only a guide for the meeting. All recommended items have to be voted on. Board member William Morgan stated that he was told that there would be a new agenda. Superintendent Carter responded that he did not speak with Morgan or anyone about providing a new agenda. Morgan would not disclose who advised him that a new agenda would be provided. Board Member Kashaya Cockrell arrived for the meeting during the discussion of the agenda. President Branch brought her up to date and noted that we needed a second on the motion for adoption of the agenda. Zippert offered another motion for adoption and board member Cockrell seconded. The motion passed on a 3 to 2 vote. The meeting continued in an orderly manner. Following an executive session, the full board approved the following personnel items recommended by Superintendent Carter, except for three set-aside items which passed on a vote 4 to1. * For the 21st Century Extended Day Program, Robert Brown Middle School: Andrea Perry, Director; Drenda Morton, Lead Teacher; Miakka Taylor, Teacher; Raven Bryant, Teacher; Felecia Smith, Teacher; Vanessa Bryant, Teacher; Twelia Morris, Teacher Assistant. * For 21st Century Extended Day Program, Eutaw Primary School: Keisha Williams, Lead Teacher; Pamela Pasteur, Teacher; Temeshia Abrams, Teacher; Rachael Nickson, Teacher Assistant. Other personnel items approved by the board included the following: * Resignation – Ms. Dorothy Powell as Bus Aide, effective August 21, 2018. * Employment – Ms. Katrina Sprinkle, Pre-K Teacher, Eutaw Primary School. * Supplemental Contract – Fentress Means, B-Team Basketball Coach, Greene County High School. Administrative Services recommended by Superintendent Carter and approved by the board are as follows: * Approval of Capital Plan for 2019 school year. * Contract between Greene County School System and Coded by Me LLC. * Contract between Greene County School and Power School. * Approval for Greene County High School Debate Team to travel to Nashville Tennessee. * Approval for Greene County High School to travel to Great Wolf Lodge Atlanta for Mu Alpha Theta student’s success. * Payment of all bills, claims, and payroll., Bank reconciliations as submitted by Ms LaVonda Blair, CSFO and Mr. Marvin Taylor, Consultant. The financial reports presented by CSFO Consultant Marvin Taylor included General Fund Bank Reconciliation; Summary Cash Report; Check Register Accountability Report; Monthly Financial Reports, including the Combined Balance Sheet and Combined Statement of Revenues, Expenditures and Changes in Fund Balances. Ms. Blair also presented a Financial Snapshot of board funds as of July 31, 2018. * Combined Fund Balance totaled $3.5 Million. * General Fund Balance totaled $1.474 Million. * A/P Check Register Accountability Report totaled $202,024.82. Payroll Register totaled $861,684.82. In his report to the board, Dr. James Carter indicated that the school system will institute a coding program for grades 1st through 3rd at Eutaw Primary and will continue to enhance coding for grades 4th through 12th. Carter introduced the idea of opening a Washateria Service for students for them to laundry uniforms and other school clothing. He explained this could be set up at the Perter J. Kirksey school property. Dr. Carter stated that the school system will develop a partnership with churches and other organizations in Greene County to provide mentors and tutors for students. He also announced a students’ attendance initiative to encourage students to be in attendance every day. This will be promoted through newspaper ads, social media, television ads and SchoolCast, the school communication system.

School board approves additional personnel roster for school system

The Greene County Board of Education, at its regular session held Monday June 11, 2018, acted on various recommendations of Superintendent Dr. James H. Carter, Sr. in preparation for the next school term. The personnel items presented to the board included Family Medical Leave, Retirement, Non-Renewal, Recall and Employment.
Superintendent Carter presented a prospect for principal at Greene County High School and the board approved his going forward, however, Dr. Carter is reconsidering his recommendation.
Andrea Perry was appointed as Assistant Principal for Greene County High School, and will coordinate the 9th Grade Academy.
Dr. Carter recommended and the board approved employment of the following additional personnel: Joseph Patrick as teacher at Greene County Learning Academy; Detrick Hodges as part-time Assistant Band Director; Kianga Austin as 1st Grade Teacher at Eutaw Primary School and Chereme Gaines as Science Teacher at Greene County High School.
The board approved the superintendent’s recommendation to recall the following personnel:
Eutaw Primary School – Fentress Means as part-time Physical Education Teacher; Katlin Whittle as part-time Art Teacher; Jacqueline Allen as Reading Intervention Teacher.
Robert Brown Middle School – Justin Booth as Part-time AgroScience Teacher; Cardelia Paige as 5th Grade Teacher; Miakka Taylor as 8th Grade Teacher; Katlin Whittle as Part-time Art Teacher.
Greene County High School – Justin Booth as part-time Physical Education and Agro Science Teacher; Fentress Means as part-time Physical Education Teacher / Driver Education Teacher; Wanda Gaitor as part-time Secretary; Willie Harkness as part-time Custodian.
Maintenance – Carl Oliver.

Johnny Pelt, a Mechanic in the Department of Transportation, was granted family medical leave. Patricia Edmond’s retirement as a Pre-K Teacher Aid at Eutaw Primary School was approved.
The board approved the superintendent’s recommendation of non-renewal of Jerria Prince as Math Teacher at Greene County High School.
Additional service contracts (separate contracts) were approved for the following:
* Corey Cockrell as Head Football Coach / B-Team Basketball Coach at RBMS.
* Henry Miles as Assistant Football Coach at RBMS.
* Jeffery Wesley as Head Basketball Coach at RBMS.
* Rodney Wesley as Head Boys Basketball Coach at GCHS.
* Karon Coleman as Head Football Coach at GCHS.
* Jacob Sullivan as Assistant Football Coach at GCHS.
* Janice Jeames as Girls Volleyball Coach at GCHS.
* Justine Booth as Assistant Baseball Coach at GCHS.
*Su’Kova Hicks as Head Girls Softball Coach at GCHS
* Drenda Morton as Cheerleader Sponsor at GCHS.
* Doris Robinson as Cheerleader Sponsor at RBMS.
* Kianga Austin as Head Girls Basketball Coach at GCHS.
* Toice Goodson as District Athletic Director.

The following personnel were approved for the summer school program.
* Angela Harkness as Teacher at GCHS.
Gilda Jowers as Computer Lab Manager and Access Facilitator.
The following were employed in Child Nutrition Program Seamless Summer Program:
Sandy Wilson; Gloria Lyons; Mary Hill; Tanesha Hinton; Romanda Askew; Youlanda Coleman; Jacqueline Pickens; Jessica Lake; Tina Cherry; and Frances McGhee.
Under administrative services, the board approved payment of all bills, claims and payroll. The board also approved the superintendent’s recommendation to amend the 2018 proposed budget to include the certified federal funds carryover from 2017 in order to expend these funds. The amendments will also include any revenues and expenditures that exceed the allowable amount to increase or decrease.

School board approves personnel transfers, non-renewals and resignations

At its regular meeting held Monday, May 14, 2018, the Greene County Board of Education approved a variety of changes regarding the school system’s personnel as recommended by Superintendent, Dr. James Carter. Transfers among the central office personnel effective for the 2018-2019 school year include the following: Robert Stewart from Technology Coordinator to Truancy Officer; Cindy Taylor from Truancy Officer to Attendance Supervisor; Makane Morrow from Child Nutrition Program Director to Technology Coordinator.
Other transfers from the various school facilities effective for the next school year, include the following.
* Garry Rice from Principal at Greene County High School to Principal at Robert Brown Middle School;
* Fredrick Square, from Principal at Robert Brown Middle to Assistant Principal at RBM;
* Toice Goodson, from Principal of 9th Grade Academy at GCHS to Principal at Greene County Learning Academy;
* Barbara Martin, from Principal at Robert Brown Middle to Principal at Eutaw Primary School;
* Teresa Atkins from teacher to CNP Director;
* Patricia Rhone from Business Education Teacher at Robert Brown Middle School to Teacher at Greene County Career Center;
* Nathaniel Webb from Transportation Department to Maintenance Department;
*David Peterson from Maintenance Department to Transportation Department.
The board approved the following non-renewals recommended by the Superintendent Carter. It should be noted that individuals approved for non-renewal at the close of a school term may be called back to the school system, for the next term, on an as-needed basis.
* Eutaw Primary School Non-Renewals: Johnnie Lee, 1st Grade Teacher; Kendra Payne; 1st Grade Teacher; Fentress Means, Physical Education Teacher; Tweila Morris, Secretary; Katlin Whittle, Art Teacher; Jacqueline Allen, Reading Intervention Teacher.

* Robert Brown Middle School Non-Renewals: Teresa Atkins, Consumer Science Teacher; Justin Booth, Agro-Science Teacher; Danielle Edison, Special Education Teacher; Fredrick Holmes, Music / Band Teacher; Shunetta Kirkman, 6th Grade Teacher; Ashley Moore, 5th Grade Teacher; Cardelia Page, 5th Grade Teacher; Deborah Summerville, 7th Grade Teacher; Miakka Taylor, 8th Grade Teacher; Katlin Whittle, Art Teacher; Jacqueline Edwards, Part-Time Janitor.
*Greene County High School Non-Renewals: Justin Booth, Part-Time Physical Education/Agro-Science Teacher; Wanda Gaitor, Part-Time Secretary; Fredrick Holmes Music / Band Teacher; Fentress Means, Driver Education Teacher; Demilia Snyder, Science Teacher.
* Greene County Career Center Non-Renewals: Sondra Green, Health Science Teacher; Mary Henderson, Part-Time Secretary.
* Greene County Learning Academy, Non-Renewal: Dr. Bennie Pennington, Lead Teacher.
* Maintenance Department Non-Renewal: Carl Oliver.
* Transportation Department Non-Renewal: Gerald Holloway, Bus Driver.
The board approved the following resignations: Shennell Spears, Business Management Administration, Greene County Career Center, effective May 312, 2018; Diana Bowden, Lab Aide, RBM, effective May 26, 2018; Dr. Sharon Jennings, Principal Eutaw Primary School, effective May 31, 2018; Marsha Powell, Bus Aide, Department of Transportation, effective March 16, 2018; and Dora Hardy, Cook at Greene County High School.
The Superintendent recommended and the board approved sending letters of termination to the following personnel for Additional Service Contracts (Separate Contracts).
* Robert Brown Middle School: Corey Cockrell as Head Football Coach, B-Team Basketball Coach and Athletic Director; Henry Miles as Assistant Football Coach; Dorris Robinson as Cheerleader Sponsor; Jeffery Wesley as Head Basketball Coach.
*Greene County High School: Rodney Wesley as Head Basketball Coach & Assistant Football Coach; Kendra Payne as Head Basketball Coach (Girls); Karon Colman as Head Football Coach & Track Team Coach; Jacob Sullivan as Assistant Football Coach; Janice Jeames as Girls’ Volleyball Coach and Girls’ Basketball Coach; Frederick Holmes as Band Director; Fentress Means as Head Baseball Coach; Justin Booth as Assistant Baseball Coach; Su’Kovia Hicks as Head Softball Coach (Girls); Drenda Morton as Cheerleader Sponsor.
The board approved the following recommendations for employment as bus drivers for the Summer Enrichment Program: Felecia Davis; Marcus Steele; Teresa Hill; Eddie Coats; Ayanna Crawford; Michael Bolden; Verna Nickson.
The board also approved hiring Walter Taylor of Montgomery, AL as Interim CSFO.
In Administrative Services, the board approved Robert Brown Middle School request to travel to Six Flags Over Georgia for Math and Science Day; and payment of all bills, claims and payroll.
In other business, the board approved the 4-day work week, each day from 7:30 am to 4:45 pm, beginning the week of June 4-8, 2018 and ending the week of July 23-27, 2018. Any and all schedules that differ from the one stated above must be submitted and approved by the superintendent prior to the start date of June 4, 2018.

School board takes further steps to initiate Virtual Learning Program

At its regular meeting held Monday, April 16, 2018, the Greene County Board of Education took further steps to initiated the Greene County Schools Virtual Learning Program. Ms. Rebecca Coleman was approved as Coordinator of the Virtual Learning Program which will begin as a pilot with individuals who have dropped out of school between 9th and 12th grades. It will also target students currently enrolled who are at risk for dropping out of school.
The Virtual Learning Program is an online program and participants must have access to the internet, such as through the public library, public housing developments and other sites of public, private and non-profit entities. According to Superintendent James Carter, the system is currently accepting applications from interested individuals.
For more information on the process, individuals may contact Dr. Carter, through his secretary Ms. Sara Hall, at the central office. A Greene County Virtual Learning Committee will also assist with the application process.
In other business the board approved the following personnel items:
Employment of Ms. Jacqueline Raby as school nurse for the Greene County School System;
Employment of Ms. Rebecca Coleman as Coordinator of the Virtual School Program.
Additional service contracts for Russell Rivers as assistant football coach, Greene County High School for 2018-2019 academic year (separate contract).
The board approved the following administrative service items.
* Negotiate with TCU and others to reimburse school board for replacement of high school gym floor.
* Present counter offer to Town of Boligee for purchase of former Paramount Jr. High School plus designated acres.
* Retain Attorney H. Lewis Gillis to prepare documents for sale of former Carver Middle School property.
* Approved contract for engaging caterer for GCHS Prom.
One instructional item was approved by the board.
* School System will begin receiving applications for the Virtual School Program.

Eutaw City to purchase former Carver School facility for $213,000

At its monthly meeting held, March 26, 2018, the Greene County Board of Education, on the recommendation of Superintendent James H. Carter, approved the sale of the former Carver Middle School facility to the City of Eutaw. Dr. Carter’s recommendation stated: “The sale of Carver Middle School building along with acres that will be designated to the City of Eutaw.”
The City of Eutaw offered $213,000 as total payment for the facility and rendered a down payment of $50,000, with the balance to be paid in $50,000 annual payments over the next three years, and a final payment of $13,000. The board approved the proposal on a four to one vote.
The former Carver facility is approximately 61,000 square feet and sits on 15.40 acres. The amount of acreage that will be part of the sale has not been determined.
In 2016, the Carver facility was appraised with a market value of $640,000. Previously, the board was advised that the property could be sold for less than the appraised value provided that the purchaser utilized the facility for educational programs and projects.
As a pre-requisite for consideration of sale of the property, the proposed buyer was required to submit a detailed proposal on how the property would be utilized. The specific sale arrangements have yet to be worked out between Eutaw City and the Greene County Board of Education. No final sale documents have been officiated.
The former Carver Middle School and the former Paramount Jr. High School were closed at the end of the 2015-2016 school year. The School Board consolidated the two schools to form Robert Brown Middle School serving 4th through 8th graders.

The board also approved the following personnel items:
* Additional service contracts for Justine Booth as assistant football coach at Greene County High for 20108-2019 academic year.
* Corey Cockrell as assistant football coach at GCH for Spring training only.
* Employment of Russell Rivers as auto mechanic at Greene County Career Center and
Robert Brown Middle School.
* Resignation of Rachel Nickson as Early Childhood Coordinator, Eutaw Primary School, effective March 30, 2018.
* Resignation of LaJoycelyn Davis as secretary at Robert Brown Middle School, effective March 30, 2018.
* Catastrophic leave (maternity leave) for Jerria Prince.
* Non- Renewal
Contract for Fredrick Square, Principal, Robert Brown Middle School, effective June 30, 2018.
In administrative services, the board approved the following.
* Supplemental Contracts for football coach to be paid starting October 1, 2018 and ending September 30, 2019.
* Dexter Hinton to travel to Mississippi State University, for UWA STEM Challenge, March 22, 2018.
* Tamika Thompson to travel to Atlanta Georgia, for HSTW Staff Development Conference, July 10 – 13, 2018
* The sale of Carver Middle School building along with acres that will be designated, to the City of Eutaw.
* Additional information to Greene County Board of Education Policy Manual.
* School Calendar (option B) for the 2018-2019 school year.
The board approved the superintendent’s recommendation to implement a policy statement specifically for employees who perform special duties outside their normal job description. The policy will allow employees to be paid a minimum of $200 per month and a minimum of six months up to $1,200 and a maximum amount up to 12 months or $2,400

School Board hears update on GEAR UP Program; in its fourth year

At the regular monthly meeting of the Greene County Board of Education, held Monday, February 19, 2018, Superintendent James H. Carter invited representatives of the GEAR UP Alabama program at Greene County High to give an update of projects and activities. Students in grades 9 and 10 are the current participants in GEAR UP, having begun the program as 7 and 8 grade students at the former Carver Middle School and Paramount Jr. High. GEAR UP will follow those students through high school graduation.
The updates were given by Lynne Marine, Region 5 Coordinator of GEAR UP Alabama and Marva Smith, Site Facilitator for Greene County. Ms. Smith described the various programs available to the students which include Financial Wellness Workshops, Financial Literacy Lessons, Kaplan Resources (books for various courses that are purchased for each student participant); ePrep (computer based instruction and testing) and Dual Enrollment for students who qualify; Comprehensive Mentoring; Mini Camps and Field Trips.
The GEAR UP acronym represents the following: Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs.

Smith noted that GEAR UP students will be eligible to enroll in any two year college in the state tuition free. An added benefit is that their parents will also be eligible to enroll in any two year state college tuition free. Smith also stated that they are hopeful that GEAR UP Alabama will enlist a new group of students in middle school when the current group has graduated.
In his report, Dr. Carter emphasized the commitment to insure that all students are achieving at their highest potential every day. “The technology initiative will be the focus of instruction. We will be revisiting our infrastructure this year to provide the quality system that is needed for students to use technology the entire school day. We are exploring the addition of WIFI for students on buses as well as isolated areas in our school district.”
Superintendent Carter also announced that he hopes to implement a Field Day for special needs population in Greene County, inviting neighboring counties to participate.
In other business the board acted on the following items recommended by Superintendent Carter.
* Approved employment of LaToya Consentine as full-time bus driver.
* Approved employment of Justin Booth as substitute bus driver.
* Approved employment of Tweila Morris as long-term substitute in administrative assistant position at Eutaw Primary School for remainder of school term.
* Accepted resignation of Dana Blackwood McMillian as school nurse at Greene County High School.
* Approved Greene County High School baseball team out of state travel to Macon, MS, April 5, 2018 to compete against Noxubee County High School.

Greene County Health Systems receives $47,125 in bingo funds for December

 

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Shown above: Brenda Burke representing the County Commission, Boligee Councilwoman Earnestine Wade, Greene County Board of Education, CSFO Katrina Sewell, Assist Chief Walter Beck, Kinya Isaac Turner representing the Town of Forkland; Bingo Clerks Minnie Byrd and Emma Jackson; Mayor of Union James Gaines; seated Greene County Health System CEO Dr. Marcia Pugh and Sheriff Jonathan Benison

On Friday, January 12, 2018, Greene County Sheriff Department distributed $ 374,905 in monthly bingo allocations from the five licensed gaming operations in the county. The recipients of the monthly distributions from bingo gaming designated by Sheriff Benison in his Bingo Rules and Regulations include the Greene County Commission, the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, the cities of Eutaw, Forkland, Union, Boligee, the Greene County Board of Education and the Greene County Hospital (Health System).
The following assessments are for the month of December 2017.
Greenetrack, Inc. gave a total of $67,500 to the following: Greene County Commission, $24,000; Greene County Sheriff’s Department, $9,000; City of Eutaw, $4,500; and the Towns of Forkland, Union and Boligee each, $3,000; Greene County Board of Education, $13,500 and the Greene County Health System, $7,500.

Green Charity (Center for Rural Family Development) gave a total of $67,500 to the following: Greene County Commission, $24,000; Greene County Sheriff’s Department, $9,000; City of Eutaw, $4,500; and the Towns of Forkland, Union and Boligee each, $3,000; Greene County Board of Education, $13,500, the Greene County Health System, $7,500.
Frontier (Dream, Inc.) gave a total of $67,500 to the following: Greene County Commission, $24,000; Greene County Sheriff’s Department, $9,000; City of Eutaw, $4,500; and the Towns of Forkland, Union and Boligee each, $3,000; Greene County Board of Education, $13,500, Greene County Health System, $7,500.
River’s Edge (NNL – Next Level Leaders and TCCTP – Tishabee Community Center Tutorial Program) gave a total of $73,075 to the following: Greene County Commission, $24,000; Greene County Sheriff’s Department, $9,000; City of Eutaw, $4,500; and the Towns of Forkland, Union and Boligee each, $3,000; Greene County Board of Education, $13,500, and the Greene County Health System, $13,075.
Palace (Tommy Summerville Police Support League) gave a total of $99,330 to the following: Greene County Commission, $4,620; Greene County Sheriff’s Department, $36,960; City of Eutaw, $27,720; and the Towns of Forkland, Union and Boligee each, $4,620; Greene County Board of Education, $4,620 and the Greene County Health System, $11,550.

 

Students from after-school enrichment project present Christmas program at school board gathering

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Prior to the opening of its regular meeting on December 18, 2017, the Greene County Board of Education, along with a community gathering, was entertained with a special Christmas presentation by students enrolled in the after school programs of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers. Students from Eutaw Primary School and Robert Brown Middle School presented dance ensembles, poetry and Christmas Caroling. The event culminated with the lighting of the Christmas tree and the appearance of a jolly “Santa.” The students were presented gifts and refreshments.

In his monthly report, Superintendent James Carter emphasized the system’s continuing goal of improving academic performance for all students. “School principals and teachers must be held accountable for closing the achievement gap. Our focus must shift now on recruiting and retaining talented principals and teachers, a task that is very challenging,” he stated.
Dr. Carter explained that if we are to improve academic performance for all students, there must be a shift in how we teach our students. “School classrooms must be re-designed to meet the needs of students in the 21st Century. We can’t continue to place students in classrooms where all they see is the back of another student’s head. Each school must create a team of leaders to manage instructional programs,” he said.
In his update on the system’s school property, Carter announced that, to date, he has received five offers on the purchase of the former Carver School and two offers on the former Paramount School.
In other business, the board approved the following personnel items recommended by the superintendent.
* Resignation of Rebecca Coleman from the 21st Century Community Learning Center.
* Employment of Dorothy Powell, Jacqueline and Latasha Harris as Bus Aides.
* Employment of Latoya Consentine as substitute bus driver.
* Additional service contract at Robert Brown Middle School for 2017-18 academic year (separate contracts): Janice Jeames as Assistant Girls Basketball Coach.
* Additional service contract at Greene County High for academic year 2017-18 (separate contract) Jason Booth as Assistant Baseball Coach; Fentress Means as Assistant Basketball Coach.
Administrative services approved by the board include the following.
*Worthless Check Policy;
* Uncollectiable Meal Charge Policy.
* Field Trip requests: Greene County High to Dollywood, TN, April 20, 2018; Robert Brown Middle to National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, TN; Robber Brown Middle to Education Day at Six Flags Over Georgia, April 27, 2018.
The following instructional items were approved by the board.
* Voluntary Religious Expression Policy
* 21st Century Community Learning Centers Staff Handbook
* 21st Century Community Learning Centers Parent Handbook.

Eutaw City Council discusses abatement of taxes for truck stop

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Shown above Chief Derick Coleman with two new officers Khadijah Williams and Bryant Snyder.

The Eutaw City Council met twice in November for its regular meetings on November 14 and 28, 2017.
Mayor Steele explained that he has been meeting with representatives of Loves Truckstop about constructing a major truckstop at the Interstate 20 and 59 exit for Eutaw, at the 40 mile-marker. “At first we were talking about 87 spaces for trucks, then it went up to 168 and now we are talking about 200 parking spots for trucks and other privately owed vehicles.
The truck stop will sell gas and related products, have a convenience store and two fast food franchise locations in the store.

The truck stop will operate 24 hours a day and employ as many as 40 people,” said Mayor Steele.
The City Council will need to consider giving the truckstop owners an abatement of one cent of the gasoline taxes as an incentive to locate in the city. The abatement generally lasts for a period of time and goes up to a certain dollar amount whichever is reached first. Mayor Steele said that he was still negotiating the details of the tax incentive agreement and would bring it up for a vote when the full proposal was ready but he wanted to alert the City Council of this development. The City Council approved applying for a TAP grant to the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) for $800,000 with $180,000 in matching funds, which can be cash or in-kind services, to replace the sidewalks in the downtown area, put up decorative lighting, put up a railing along the edge of the sidewalk and plant trees and shrubs. The motion was approved. Councilwoman Sheila Smith voted against the proposal.
In other actions, the Eutaw City Council:
• re-named a street in honor of Ms. Johnnie E. Williams;
• approved making a proposal by the City of Eutaw to purchase Carver Middle School buildings for $215,000 from the Greene County Board of Education, to turn the facility into an afterschool park and recreation site for youth and adults;
• paid bills and claims for the months of October and November;
• holding one City Council meeting for the next month on Monday, December 18, 2017;
• approved two new police officers, Bryant Snyder and Khadijah Williams, who will be attending the police academy next month for training and certification.