Editor’s Note: The following information was provided by Ms. Iris Sermon, E911/EMS Director
On Sunday, March 29, 2020, a group of officials of Greene County met to discuss and share strategies that could assist in protecting local citizens and first responders regarding the COVID-19 Virus. To comply with Governor Kay Ivey’s mandate, the gathering was limited to the four Town Mayors, the County Commission Chairperson, the Greene County Health System CEO, Greene County Schools Superintendent, Chief of Police, Greene County Sheriff and Greene County E911/EMA Director. Those in attendance also positioned themselves six feet apart as mandated for health security purposes. The group noted that they did not call a public meeting because of the state and federal mandates limiting numbers that can gather and observing physical distancing because of the virus. The officials agreed to continue to publicize, through various means, the seriousness of the COVID-19 Virus and the precautions and mandates the citizens must follow for the safety of all.
These include the following:
Stop Social Gatherings, including house and yard parties; youth gathering in groups in any location.
Practice Physical Distancing, stay 6ft. apart from others . Practice Safe Hygiene, wash your hands with soap and hot water for 20 seconds or use sanitizer. Clean Surfaces Frequently, doorknobs, counter tops, telephones, eye glasses.
Stop Traveling, do not go in and out of infected areas. If you know of someone traveling to Greene County or in your area coming from emergency pandemic areas – ask them and inform them of the national mandate to isolate themselves for at least 14 days. Germs Live on Surfaces – 2 to 8 hours on aluminum; 8 hours on gloves; 24 hours on cardboard; 48 hours on stainless steel (example water faucets) 2 to 3 days on plastic (example water bottles); 4 days on glass; 4 days on wood. *If You Have Symptoms – coughs, fever, shortness of breath, contact your physician, local clinic of hospital for an appointment or call the testing line to arrange for testing (you will be screened) 1-888-264-2256. If line is busy continue to call. Currently there are three Greene County citizens confirmed with COVID-19 virus. Confirmed COVID-19 in our surrounding Counties: Marengo – 4, Pickens – 2, Sumter – 1; Tuscaloosa – 27. As a citizen you are not provided with the names, exact locations and/or addresses of COVID-19 infected persons, therefore it may be safe to treat each person as a possible carrier. Protect yourself and the community. Check with your local town officials for more specific plans regarding your safety.
Greene County schools superintendent, Dr. Corey Jones, gave an update on current student enrollment as part of his report to the board at its regularly scheduled meeting, Monday, September 16, 2019. Dr. Jones stated that enrollment at Eutaw Primary is currently at 349; at Robert Brown Middle School 351 and at Greene County High School 296. He noted that since this report was prepared, three more students have enrolled bringing the total school system enrollment to 999.
“The system still has 55 fewer students than last school year at this time,” he said. Dr. Jones explained that his office is still pursuing students, not currently in the system, who were here last year to determine if they have relocated or other circumstances prevail. `“ We are still within the 20 days after Labor Day to enroll students and claim state support; however we will accept students even after that period and do our best to provide them a quality education,” stated Superintendent Jones.
In his update on Assessment & Instruction, Dr. Jones stated that the school system is utilizing the Scantron Benchmark Assessment. He noted the schedule for testing in 2019 includes September 3-16; December 2-13; March 9-3 and March 23-27, 2020. The superintendent also noted the tentative dates for District Student Assessments.
Dr. Jones remarked on the various incentives related to student and personnel motivation at a school; facility preservation and student achievement. The school winning the motivation award for the month will be presented a banner acknowledging the same. The maintenance staff at the school receiving the preservation award will be treated to lunch. Students will receive special certificates of achievement.
Dr. Jones announced that the Greene County School Board received the School Board Member Academy President’s Award 2019 for demonstrating a commitment to excellence in education through boardsmanship training, presented by the Alabama Association of School Boards at the annual District 7 meeting in Tuscaloosa, September 9, 2019.
The personnel items recommended by the superintendent and approved by the board included the following.
Employment: Kelvineshia Williams, Science Teacher, Greene County High School; William Mack, Bus Driver, Department of Transportation; Wenonna Peebles, Special Needs Bus Driver, Department of Transportation; Twelia Morris, Secretary, Greene County Career Center.
Employment with 21st Century Community Learning Centers: Andrea Perry, Director; 21st Century Personnel at Eutaw Primary School – Keisha Williams, Lead Teacher; Dominique McDaniel, Teacher; Genetta Bishop, Teacher; Pamela Pasteur, Teacher; Elona Washington, Teacher; Denise Horton, Teacher Assistant. 21st Century Personnel at RBMS – Drenda Morton, Lead Teacher; Vanessa Bryant, Teacher; Katoya Quarles, Teacher; Alisa Allen, Teacher; Annie Howard, Teacher; Raven Bryant, Teacher; Mary Hobson, Assistant Teacher; Pinkie Travis, Substitute Teacher; Ayanna Crawford, Bus Driver; Marcus Steele, Substitute Bus Driver.
The board approved the following administrative items: School Resource Officer Contract; Payment of all bills, claims, and payroll.
At his first official school board meeting, held Monday, July 15, 2019, as Greene County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Corey Jones presented a summary of the Scantron Series Performance Data on Reading and Math in grades 3-8 from the 2018-2019 school year. “I want everyone to see just where we are,” Jones stated. He further indicated that we are in the process of developing a plan to improve student performance on standardized tests and will be utilizing the Scantron Assessment as a bench mark assessment. “This is an approach supported by the Alabama State Department of Education,” Jones said.
Superintendent Jones presented the new Administrative Leadership at Robert Brown Middle School. At the June 10, 2019 school board meeting, Ms. Shwanta Owens of Hueytown, AL and Ms. Brittany Harris of Demopolis, Al, were selected respectively as Principal and Assistant Principal at RBM beginning this 2019-2020 school term. Each greeted the board and attendees, pledging to work diligently in the best interest of the students and the school system.
Dr. Jones also announced that school uniform policies will still be in place for the upcoming school year, as well as the special dress codes for the 9th Grade Academy. He stated that specific information would be placed on the web site, in local media and distributed otherwise to parents and community.
The personnel items recommended by the superintendent and approved by the board include the following:
Re-Hire: Jacqueline Raby, School Nurse, for the 2019-2020 school year.
Resignations: Tamecisha Abrams, Grade Teacher, Eutaw Primary School, effective, July 1, 2019, and Miakka Taylor, English Language Arts Teacher, Robert Brown Middle School, effective July 11, 2019; Jeffery Noland, Social Science Teacher, Robert Brown Middle School.
Voluntary Transfer: Janice Jeames, from Physical Science Teacher at Robert Brown Middle School to Science Teacher at Greene County High School.
Employment – Department of Transportation: Latasha Lewis, School Bus Driver; Carla Russell, School Bus Driver.
Transfer of Employee: Gloria Lyons from the position of Cafeteria Manager at Greene County High School to Cook at Greene County High School.
Hire: Jacqueline Edwards, Part-time Janitor.
The board approved the following Additional Service Contracts for the following employees at Greene County High School for the 2019 – 2020 academic year. (Separate Contract):
Rodney Wesley, Head Basketball Coach; Danielle Sanders, Head Girls Basketball Coach; Brittany January, Assistant Girls Basketball Coach; Janice Jeames, Girls Softball / Volleyball Coach; Corey Cockrell, Head Football Coach; Fentress Means, Assistant Football Coach; Jacob Sullivan, Head Baseball Coach; Linda Little, Cheerleader Sponsor.
The board approved Additional Service contract(s) for the following employees at Robert
Brown Middle School for the 2019 – 2020 academic year. (Separate Contract):
Henry Miles, Head Football Coach; Jacob Sullivan Assistant Football Coach; Jeffery Wesley, Head Basketball Coach; Corey Cockrell, Assistant Basketball Coach; Dorris Robinson, Cheerleader Sponsor.
The board approved the following Administrative Service Items:
Authorization to remove Dr. James H. Carter as an Authorized Board Representative and signer on all Greene County Board of Education accounts.
Authorization to add Superintendent Dr. Corey Jones as Representative and signer on all Greene County Board of Education accounts.
Agreement between Greene County Board of Education and Helping Hands Therapy to provide Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy for the 2016 – 2017 school year.
Agreement between Greene County Board of Education and Deonna Blalock, to provide school psychometric services for the 2019-2020 school year.