Greene County High School launches third annual 9th Grade Academy Tie Tying Program

Greene County High School held its annual 9th Grade Academy Tie Tying Program as an initiation of students’ first year in high school. This marked the third annual Tie Tying Ceremony for students entering the 9th Grade. This event highlights the student’s Rites of Passage from Middle School to High School. The Academy is designed to give special attention to students as they transition and prepare for college and career. The designated attire of navy blue blazers, white shirts and long ties identify the 9th Grade students as they pursue their academic mission. The ceremony was co-sponsored by the Greene County Children’s Policy Council, under the leadership of District judge Lillie Jones Osborne. Alabama State Representative Artis McCampbell addressed the students on choosing and preparing for life goals and career paths.Rep. McCampbell called up students DeKaija Davis and Jamiyah White to share with their classmates their dreams and goals. He assisted students in learning to tie their ties, and as a special treat to the class, he presented a check of $1,000 to be used for the enhancement of the 9th Grade Academy Program. Others assisting students with their tie tying included the following: Superintendent Dr. James Carter, GCHS Principal Willie Simmons, GCHS Assistant Principal, Andrea Perry, School Board President Leo Branch, school employee Marcus Steele, and Juvenile Officer Deshayla Steele.

School Board names consolidated middle school for former superintendent Robert Brown

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At its regular monthly meeting, July 18, 2016, the Greene County Board of Education voted unanimously to name the new middle school, formed recently with the combining of Carver Middle School and Paramount Jr. High, the Robert Brown Middle School.  Dr. Robert Brown was appointed as the first African American Superintendent of Schools in Greene County and served in that leadership position from 1970 to 1980. Prior to his appointment as superintendent, by the all African American member school board, Brown served as Principal of Paramount High School for three years, following his service as a science teacher at what was previously Greene County Training School.
According to School Superintendent Dr. James H. Carter, Jr., once new signage is obtained for the Robert Brown Middle School, the unveiling ceremony will be announced.
At the opening of his report to the board, Superintendent Carter brought forth a young man who had completed requirements for his high school graduation by attending summer courses.


Shown above  GCHS Principal Garry Rice,
 Vince Mullen and Superintendent Dr. James Carter

Vince Chevas Mullen, Jr., 18 years old, was determined to achieve his high school diploma even though he did not have sufficient credits to march with his Greene County High School classmates at the May 2016 commencement.  Mullen satisfied all course requirements through the summer school program offered in the school system, and plans to attend Shelton State Community College. He is the son of Cathleen Prater and the grandson of Ethel Giles of Forkland, AL.

In his report, Superintendent Carter noted that the first day of school for students is Monday, August 8, 2016. Institute Program for school personnel is Wednesday, August 3 at 8:00 a.m. at Greene County High School.  New Teacher Orientation will be August 1 & 2 at 9:00 a.m. at the Board’s Central Office.
The board approved the following personnel items recommended by the superintendent. *Recalled faculty and staff include: Erik Hendricks – Physical Education teacher at Eutaw Primary; Jerome Franks – Physical Education Teacher at Greene County High; Cordarrin Wilson – Teacher at Greene County Learning Academy; Linda Little – Social Studies Teacher at Greene County High; Romanda Askew – Cook at Eutaw Primary.
* New employment approved:  Malenie Wakefield – Science Teacher at the new middle school; Ms. Cassandra Glover – School Nurse; Teresa Atkins – Family and Consumer Science Teacher at new middle school; Jerome Franks – Physical Education/Driver’s Education Teacher at Greene County High; Ellanise Walker – Science Teacher at Greene County High; Mary Henderson – Part-time Secretary at Greene County Career  Center; Wanda Gaitor – Part-time Secretary at Greene County High.
* Reassignments approved: Sandra Gordon from 7th and 8th grade Reading Coach at Carver Middle School to 4th – 8th grade Reading Coach at new middle School for the 2016 – 2017 school term; LaJoycelyn Davis from Secretary/Bookkeeper at Carver Middle School to Secretary at new middle school for the 2016 – 2017 school term; Marilyn Sanford from Secretary/Bookkeeper at Paramount Jr. High School to Bookkeeper at new middle school for the 2016 – 2017 school term.
* Resignation: Bruce Jackson – Physical Ed/Driver’s Ed Teacher at Greene County High.
* Additional Service contract approved: for Jocephus Patrick – Track & Field Coach at Greene County High School for the 2016 – 2017 academic year. (Separate Contract).
Other points from Superintendent Carter’s report are as follows:
* All students will have opportunity to take AP classes.
* More students will be encouraged to participate in dual enrollment program at Shelton State as well as the University of West Alabama.
* Superintendent will organize a Superintendent’s Faculty Cabinet.
* Pacing guides will be placed on-line for parents to follow.
* Teachers will be required to develop syllabus for academic classes.
* Student grades will be available to parents in a timely manner.
* Professional development will be customized to needs of students and teachers.
* Teachers and principals will be required to develop curriculum guides for all core subjects.
* Local staff members will receive in-service training in use official curriculum documents that guide instruction.
* Use of Chrome Books as resource to teach computer science.
* Develop comprehensive curriculum for special needs students.
* Actively encourage more parental involvement in education of our children.
* Develop preventative maintenance plan for Greene County Middle School.
* Create landscaping plan for all Greene County schools to enhance campus beautification.
* Create menus in CNP Program that will be more inviting to students, but will meet the healthy lifestyles initiative.
* Organize all Greene County Schools to ensure safety for students and teachers.
Provide ACT tutoring for grades 9-12.
In other business the board approved the following administrative services:
* Revision of Information Guide for Parents and Students.
* Hiring a company that deals specifically with Chillers for repair of the A/C unit at new middle school.
* Agreement between board and Mattie J.  Strode to provide homebound instructions for identified children with special needs for 2016-2017 school year.
* Agreement between board and Helping Hands Therapy to provide Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy for 2016-2017 year.
* Agreement between board and Woods Therapeutic Services, Inc. to provide Behavior Aides for the 2016-2017 school year.
* Agreement between board and Amy Wilson Quitt to provide Speech-Language Therapy services to children at Greene County Head Start for 2016-2017 school year.
* Agreement between Kim Herren to provide development delay services to children at Greene County Head Start for the 2016-2017 school year.
* Agreement between board and Community Service Programs of West Alabama to provide Special Education Services to eligible children in the Greene County Head Start Program for the 2016-2017 school year.
* Mission and Vision Statement for the Greene County Board of Education.
* Bid submitted by Johns and Kirksey for re-roofing Peter J. Kirksey Career Tech Building in the amount $168,000.
* Bid submitted by Borden Dairy Company as milk supplier for CNP -FY 2016-2017.
* Bid submitted by Flower’s Bakery of Birmingham as bread supplier for CNP FY 2016-2017.
* Payment of all bills, claims and payroll.
Bank reconciliations as submitted by Mr. Leon Dowe, CSFO.
The board approved the following instructional Items:
* All students will have the opportunity to take AP Courses beginning 2016-2017 school year.
* Develop a procedure and process to accommodate non-traditional students who request to participate in Greene County School’s athletic program.
* Require all students and employees follow a standard and professional dress code.
* Reconstitution of the Alma Mater/School Song at Greene County High School with the collaboration of the band director and choral music teacher.