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.

Newswire: Vice President Harris addresses NAACP Convention; urges Black voter participation

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent

Vice President Kamala Harris appeared at the NAACP convention in Atlantic City on Monday, July 18, declaring that freedom, liberty, and democracy are on the ballot in the upcoming midterm elections.
She implored the large gathering at the Atlantic City Convention Center to make sure that all voices are heard. “We’re not going to be able to get these days back, so each one of these days we must, with a sense of urgency, ensure that the American people know their voice and their vote matters,” Harris declared.
“It is their voice. The right to vote is something that the leaders of this organization and its founders knew to be at the core of all of the other rights and freedoms to which we are entitled,” she further implored.
“So, we know what we need to do. And, in particular, to protect the freedom to vote and a women’s right to make decisions about her own body, we need people who will defend our rights up and down the ballot, from district attorneys to state attorneys general, from local sheriffs to governors.”
The vice president received several standing ovations as she spoke of the need to vote. The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), a trade association representing 235 African American-owned newspapers and media companies, has teamed with the Transformative Justice Coalition in an effort to register 10 million more Black voters ahead of the midterm and 2024 general elections.
As Harris arrived in Atlantic City, Mayor Marty Small greeted her as she descended from Air Force Two. NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson spoke to the vice president and railed against politicians and the U.S. Supreme Court for “the erosion of constitutional freedom, including the right of a woman over her own body.”
Harris also decried the sharp increase in mass shootings and gun violence in the United States.“There is no reason for weapons of war on the streets of America,” she asserted.
With West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin repeatedly stopping the Biden-Harris administration agenda, Harris called on voters to participate in the U.S. Senate election.
“We will not, and the president has been clear, we will not let the filibuster stand in our way of our most essential rights and freedoms,” Harris declared.
“I visited Buffalo, New York, to attend the funeral of an 86-year-old grandmother who went to the grocery store after, as she often did, spending the day with her husband who was in a nursing home – Mrs. Whitfield.”
Harris continued: “I went to Highland Park, Illinois, where there were strollers and lawn chairs scattered up and down a street where there was supposed to be a parade for July 4th. There – as in Uvalde, Texas; as in Greenwood, Indiana, just last night; and in so many communities across our nation – scenes of ordinary life have been turned into war zones by horrific acts of gun violence.
“Mass shootings have made America a nation in mourning. And it’s not only the mass shootings. We see it in our communities every day, and it is no less tragic or outrageous. Think about it: Black people are 13 percent of America’s population but make up 62 percent of gun homicide victims.
“This issue of the need for reasonable gun safety laws is a real issue when we are talking about the civil right, the right that all communities should have, to live in a place that is safe without weapons of war running those streets.”
She concluded that the number of guns manufactured in the country tripled over the last 20 years. “Today we have more guns in our nation than people,” Harris said.
“Earlier this month, the president signed the first federal gun safety law in nearly 30 years. And it was an important and necessary step. But we need to do more. We must repeal the liability shield that protects gun manufacturers. And we must renew the assault weapons ban.”