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.

Board submits plan for ESSER II funds Greene County School Board approves new contracts for Superintendent Jones and CSFO Blair

The Greene County Board of Education, at its June 28, 2021 meeting, approved the renewal of the Superintendent Dr. Corey Jones’ contract for an additional three years, beginning July 1, 2022. Dr. Jones’ current contract contains a provision that required the board to inform him one year in advance on whether his contract would be renewed, including the terms and conditions. Jones was hired July 1, 2019. The board also approved a three year contract for CSFO LaVonda Blair beginning July 1, 2021. She was hired August 1, 2018. Both contracts were approved on a three-two vote of board members, in spite of the fact that Superintendent Jones and CSFO Blair had received composite average scores, in their evaluations by the board, indicating that their performances Exceeded Expectations. The superintendent’s report to the board included a summary of the ESSER II Plan (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) that was submitted to the Alabama State Department of Education. According to Dr. Jones, the system’s $3,319,901 ESSER II allocation will focus on the following four components: High Quality Instructional Materials, budgeted at $476,450; High Quality Professional Development, budgeted at $81,780; Unfinished Learning Supports, budgeted at $1,561,889 and Facilities, budgeted at $1,200,000. In the ESSER II Plan each component is specifically detailed with proposed activities and follow-up as well as related costs. ESSER II funds must be expended by September 30, 2023 Dr. Jones also announced that the 2021-2022 school year will open with full face-to-face learning, baring any public health order warranting the school system to return to virtual learning approaches. “Our main concern is the safety of all school personnel, as well as our community, and utilizing every means available to provide the best learning opportunities for our students,” he stated. Jones gave updates on the renovations to the central office. He noted that the second phase will include painting and carpeting inside the facility. CSFO LaVanda Blair presented the following Financial Snapshot as of April 30, 2021: General Fund Balance – $2,886,119.30; Accounts Payable Check Register – $258,470.35; Payroll Register – $815,310.53; Combined Fund Balance – $5,777,622.22; Total Local Revenue – $1,782,544.14, including property and sales taxes and bingo revenue. Blair noted the budget amendments relative to the ESSER II – CRRSA (Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act). The CSFO also presented an overview of the streamlining process in various components in the central office, including implementation of the Follet Inventory System, technological advances, ClassWallet, KissFlow, and MySchoolBucks. Blair stated that the financial department works closely with Superintendent Jones to maintain the operating reserve; eliminate any unnecessary spending and reduce and/or refinance debt. In other business, the board ratified the listing of summer school personnel, the superintendent had been authorized to employ in the program. On the superintendent’s recommendation, the board approved the following personnel recalled for the 2021-2022 school term: •Eutaw Primary School: Gwendolyn Webb, Trakayla Brown, Tara Thomas, Danielle Sanders-Williams, Quenterica White, Domonique McDaniels, Sherita Pickens, Chandra Toney, Valarie Moore, Hillary Bruner. •Robert Brown Middle School: Alisa Allen, Brandi Eubanks, Tammy Barber, Leanita Hunt, Alison Newton, Kalyn Gray, Quentin Walton, Nkenge Reynold, Demelia Snyder, Ashley Moody. •Greene County High School: Tyler Mitchell, Elroy Skinner, Josef Stander, Clifford Reynolds. The board approved employment of the following: Monquell Wigfall, Special Education Teacher, Robert Brown Middle School, for the 2021-2022 school year; Whitney Hampton-Finch, 4th Grade teacher, Robert Brown Middle School; Gloria Watkins McGhee, Pre-K Teacher, Eutaw Primary School; Paula Calligan, Cosmetology Instructor, Greene County Career Center. The board approved Catastrophic / FMLA Leave for Larry Burnette from April 27, 2021 – August 1, 2021; Resignations of Jacob Sullivan, Robert Brown Middle School, effective June 3, 2021 and Lurena Smith, Kindergarten Teacher, Eutaw Primary School, effective June 25, 2021. The board approved the following administrative service items: * Payment of all bills, claims, and payroll. * Bank reconciliations as submitted by Ms. LaVonda Blair, CSFO. * Contract agreement between Greene County Board of Education and Albireo Energy Control * System Maintenance Program. * 4-day work week for all extended employees beginning June 7 – July 30, 2021. * Contractual Agreement between Greene County Board and Behavior Aide Eleanor Smalls. * Contractual Agreement between Greene County Board and Behavior Aide, Denise Horton. * Approval of Follett School Solutions Software. •Approval of unused school buses to be sold for scrap. The following are the board agenda items which do not require a recommendation of the superintendent. * Approval of Contract for Chief School Finance Officer. * Approval of Notice to Superintendent as Required by Superintendent Contract.