Board approves key personnel changes; new leadership at GCHS and Eutaw Primary

At its monthly meeting, held Monday, October 25, 2021, the Greene County Board of Education approved Superintendent Dr. Corey Jones recommendations for several key personnel changes in the school system. Greene County High School Principal, Willie Simmons, submitted his resignation effective October 31, 2021, and the board approved the superintendent’s recommendation that Assistant Principal, Andrea Perry, serve as Interim Principal.
The board approved the voluntary transfer of Eutaw Primary School Principal, Barbara Martin, to the position of Curriculum Coordinator for the School System, effective November 1, 2021. Ms. Brittany Harris, current Assistant Principal at Robert Brown Middle School will serve as Interim Principal at Eutaw Primary School, effective November, 1, 202.
On the superintendent’s recommendation, the board approved the employment of Marshae Madison-Pelt as At-Risk Coordinator for the School System, effective November 1, 2021, and the employment of Arthur Williamson as English Teacher at Greene County High School for the 2021-2022 school year.
The board also accepted the resignation of Dr. Rhinnie Scott as Principal, Greene County Career Center, effective January 1, 2022 and the retirement of Bridgette Ward as Pre-K Teacher at Eutaw Primary, effective November 1, 2021.
Supplement Contracts were approved for Ralph Marshall as Girls Basketball Coach GCHS and JaKela Woods as Assistant Girls Basketball Coach GCHS for the 2021-2022 school year.
On the superintendent’s recommendation, the board approved a basic salary increase of $15 per hour for full time custodians; part time custodians will be paid at the rate of $8 per hour. The base pay for CNP workers will also increase from $10 per hour to $15 per hour.
The following teachers were approved for the after-school tutorial program at Eutaw Primary School: Carla Durrett, Gwendolyn Webb, Destiny Taylor, Sherita Pickens, Pamela Pasteur and Keisha Williams. Dr. Jones stated that this is supported by supplemental funds from the Alabama State Department of Education.
The board approved the following administrative services items:
* Agreement for legal services for E-Cigarette Litigation.
* Contract between Greene County Board of Education and Blackboard Mass Communication, to Replace School Cast.
* Contract between Greene County Board of Education and Woods Therapeutic Services, Inc.
* Agreement between Greene County Board of Education and UA Capstone College of Nursing.
* Contract between Greene County Board of Education and Glenwood, Inc.
Payment of all bills, claims, and payroll.
In his report, Superintendent Jones noted that the current student enrollment is at 896. He stated that according to the ACT Summative Assessment, student scores are low and there is major concern over Math scores. “ We are continuing to develop and adjust plans to improve student outcomes,” he said.
Dr. Jones noted that the entire heating and cooling system at Robert Brown Middle School will be replaced. The school system will request bids for the project. “The approximately $3million project will be supported by ESSER Funds from the American Rescue Plan.
The financial report as of August 31, 2021 indicated that the school system is financially stable, maintaining the state mandated operating reserve of one month to include, continuously maintaining an operating reserve within our general find for over a year.. The system’s current operating reserve is 5.8 months.
Dr. Jones stated that the FY 2022 Budget has been approved by the State Department of Education. The financial close out for 2021 is still in process.
Financial Snapshot as of August 31, 2021:
* General Fund Balance $1,773,379.71 (Reconciles to the Summary Cash Report)
* Accounts Payable Check Register – $966,624.42.
* Payroll Register – $854,994.24
Combine Fund Balance – $5,175,709.02
Property/Sales taxes total $94, 225; Bingo income totaled $59,238; Total Local Revenue $153,463.

School board approves resolution requesting State to turn over Birdine School property

Shown above: The Current Birdine School Site

At its monthly meeting held Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, the Greene County Board of Education, on the recommendation of Superintendent Dr. Corey Jones, approved a resolution requesting the State of Alabama to convey to the Greene County Board of Education tracts of real estate which formerly constituted the Birdine School Campus. The various tacts of land, which formed the Birdine School in Greene County, were acquired by the State of Alabama between 1910 and 1961. With ownership of the property, the board can determine how to best use or dispose of the said real estate to further benefit the school system.
At the board meeting, Dr. Jones scheduled a mandated report of the Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA). CIPA (enacted by Congress in 2000) addresses concerns about access in schools and libraries to the internet and other information and imposes certain requirements for those entities that receive discounts for internet access (E-RATE) or for internal connections.
The CIPA report was presented by Ms. Makane Morrow, Technology Coordinator, who confirmed that the school system has the appropriate policies and procedures to comply with CIPA, including data governance policy, forms and content filtering. According to Ms. Morrow, compliance with CIPA also includes monitoring agreements with staff and students to prevent inappropriate web site access and allows the school system to receive anti-virus alerts.
As part of the Superintendent’s report, the board heard a second presentation by Schneider Electric concerning a proposed overview of a Capital Recovery & Reinvestment Program involving upgrades and repairs in the areas of energy uses, telecommunications and related capital improvements. The board posed various questions regarding the cost and financing of the project, but made no decision at this time.
The board approved the following personnel recommendations of the superintendent;
Resignations: Cassandra Glover, nurse at Eutaw Primary School, effective December 31, 2019;
Robert Stewart – In-School Suspension and Truancy Officer, Robert Brown Middle /school, effective December 19, 2019.
Child Nutrition Program: Salary Schedule Proposal.
Additional Mentors for Teacher Mentor Program – Gwendolyn Webb, Jeffery Wesley, Sandra Gordon, Keisha Williams and Brittany January.
Catastrophic Leave: LaKeisha Johnson, teacher, Eutaw Primary School.
One-Time Stipend Pay of $400 to Sarah Brewer for processing insurance reimbursements.
Termination of Danielle Sanders as High School Girls Basketball Coach, effective immediately.
The board approved the following Administrative Items recommended by the superintendent;
Approval of Greene County High School Debate Team to travel to Mississippi for competition, March 4-5, 2020.
Approval of Consulting Service between Greene County Board and Malysa Chandler, Educational Consultant Services, for Greene County School District.Science Teachers.
Resolution – Birdine School Property.
Change Board Signatory of all Banks Accounts: Citizens, Merchants, and Synovus Bank.
Greene County High School Football Booster Club Contract.
Payment of all bills, claims, and payroll
Authorize Superintendent to have Eatman School Property appraised.

Career Center inducts 22 students in National Technical Honor Society

Honor Students

Newly inducted members of the National Technical Honor Society are shown with Dr. Rhinnie Scott, Principal of the GCHS Career Center,  Mrs. Angela White, Ms. Shenell H. Spears and Ms. Willie Gilmore Co-advisors;  Rev. Gwendolyn Webb, guest speaker; Interim Superintendent  Dr. James H. Carter, Sr.  and School Board President, Mr. Leo Branch.

Greene County High School Career Center inducted its first scholars into the National Technical Honor Society, Friday March 31, 2016.  The 22 students indicted included Telejah Bevelle, Denzel Davis, Sabrina French, Jameria Hood, Tyra Hutton, N’Khala Richardson, Ashley Taylor, Amber Woods, Delorine Brown, Brittany Deloatch, Raven Gilliam, Leterreia Hutton, Destini Jackson, Lauren Smith, Jasmine Williams, Tukiya Cunningham, Amber French, Sara Hawkins, Ollivara Hutton, Anthony McGhee, Chanique Sterling and Michael Winn.
The program consisted of the following: Entrance of Inductee; Posting of Colors by the JROTC; Pledge of Allegiance led by Denzel Davis; Welcome given by Tukiya Cunningham; History of NTHS shared by Ollivara Hutton; Selection by the GCHS Choir; Purpose presented by Lauren Smith; the Motto/Colors/Slogan explained by Sara Hawkins and the Introduction of the Guest Speaker presented by Sabrina French.Rev. Gwendolyn Cook-Webb, Pastor of God’s People United for a Better World Church, Birmingham, AL was the guest speaker.  Rev. Webb shared her experiences as a child of the movement in Birmingham in the 1960’s on.
The lighting of the candles representing the Seven Attributes of NTHC was presented as follows: Knowledge by Amber Woods; Skill by Jasmine Williams; Honesty by Ashley Taylor; Service by Chanique Sterling; Responsibility by Tyra Hutton; Scholarship by Anthony McGhee; Citizenship by N’Khala Richardson; and Leadership by Delorine Brown.
Pinning of Inductees and Presentation of Certificates were led by Mrs. Angela White, Ms. Willie Gilmore and Ms. Shenell Spears.  Dr. Rhinnie Scott, Principal of the Career Center, Interim Superintendent James H. Carter and School Board President Mr. Leo Branch also assisted.
Following the students recitation of the NTHS Pledge, closing remarks were presented by Dr. Carter and Dr. Rhinnie Scott.  A reception followed for students, parents and other guests.
About NTH
The National Technical Honor Society, founded in 1984, serves approximately 80,000 active members nationwide. Over $225,000 in scholarship is awarded annually to its members.  For over 30 years NTHS has been the acknowledged leader in the recognition of outstanding student achievement in career and technical education.
NTHS strives to bring well deserved recognition, scholarship opportunities, and career opportunities to students who excel in one of the 108 career and technical educational fields as their profession. Through its scholarships, NTHS encourages students to pursue higher education and training in technical fields and supports members in their lifelong commitment to a skilled trade.