Superintendent gives update on school enrollment and new learning initiatives

At the Greene County Board of Education’s regular meeting held Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, Superintendent Dr. Corey Jones gave an update on student enrollment, system assessment processes and student and personnel motivation efforts. Dr. Jones reported that, to date, the school system is short 40 students from the 2018-2019 school year. “We currently have 1000 student enrolled, which is three less than earlier this school year. Eutaw Primary has 349 students; Robert Brown Middle has 357 and Greene County High has 294,” he stated.
According to Superintendent Jones, the school system has several initiatives creating a more student involved learning environment which already is showing positive results. He stated that the system is continuing to rely on the Scantron Benchmark Assessment for the lower grades and the ACT for the high school. Jones noted that the principals are scheduled to present the assessment data from their individual schools in a special meeting this week.
The board president and attorney announced a change in the agenda process beginning at the board’s March meeting. The Public Comments section will appear on the agenda following the Welcome to Visitors. The process will require visitors to sign in prior to the start of the board meeting, if they wish to make comments before the board. At the start of the meeting, the signed list will be taken up by the board, and only those on the list will be allowed to speak. This adjustment in the agenda is intended to avoid the visitors waiting for the board to conclude its work in executive session.
The board approved the following personnel items recommended by Superintendent Jones.
Resignation: Jacob Sullivan, Baseball Coach, Greene County High School.
Non-renewal – Principal Contract for Garry Rice, Effective June 30, 2020; Principal Contract for Toice Goodson, Effective June 30, 2020.
Employment – Tara Thomas, Kindergarten Teacher, Eutaw Primary School for the remainder of the 2019-2020 School Year, effective February 18, 2020.
The board acted on the following administrative service items:
Approved Resolution Opposing School Start Date Legislation.
Approved MAK Engineering, LLC, Structional Assessment for Greene County High School. * Approved agreement between Greene County Board and Marimac Academy, Janice Filer, to Perform Consulting Services to Greene County Schools.
Approved of contract between Greene County Board and Amy Quitt, for extended hours from 10 to 12 hours for Speech-Language Services.
Approved Greene County Boys Basketball Team and Managers traveling to New Orleans March 14-17 2020, to attend the Semi and Final Games of the Sunbelt Conference Tournament.
*Approved Robert Brown Middle School students traveling to Six Flags in Austell, Georgia for STEM DAY, May 15, 2020.
Payment of all bills, claims, and payroll.
The financial snapshot as of December 31, 2019, presented by CSFO Lavonda Blair, included the following: General Fund Balance – $970,617.61; Check Register Accountability Report – $291,190.24; Payroll Register – $868,054.25; Combined Fund Balance – $3,418,637.95. Local Revenue Sources included local taxes of $90,861.40; Bingo collections for December will be reflected in the January financial report, since the board’s central office was closed at time of disbursement.

Greene County schools student enrollment inches up

Greene County Schools Superintendent Dr. Corey Jones displays plaque presented to school board members at AASB District 7 meeting.

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.