Greene County School System adds new courses: Welding, Auto Mechanics, Apple Coding

The Greene County School System is offering new courses this current school year. Superintendent Dr. James H. Carter, Sr. announced at the school board meeting held Monday, August 20, that Welding, Auto Mechanics, and Apple Coding are added to the curriculum. Dr. Carter stated that the Greene County School System has partnered with Dr. James Mitchell, President of Wallace Community College Selma, to provide the instructors for the Welding, Auto Mechanics and Apple Coding classes. The Auto Mechanics will be housed at the Career Center at Robert Brown Middle School; Welding will be at Greene County High Career Center and Apple Coding will also be housed at GCHS. According to Superintendent Carter a computer science curriculum will be fully implemented this year for students and teachers to enhance their computer skills. “We will fine tune our technology initiative through a comprehensive professional development for teachers and a more aggressive strategy for training students and parents on how technology can be used to enhance student achievement,” he explained. Dr. Carter congratulated all three schools for receiving a $2,000 Bicentennial Grant. He also congratulated Dr. Rhinnie Scott, GCHS Career Center Principal, for being selected as a Director for CLAS, Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools. Carter announced that the system’s annual budget hearings are scheduled for Tuesday August 28 and Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at 3:30 p.m. in the Central Office Auditorium. According to Dr. Carter, to date, the Greene County School System has enrolled 1,048 students in its K-12 classes, and 36 in Pre-K, total of 1,084. The school board approved the superintendent’s recommendations of the following personnel items. Resignations: Tammy Anderson as first grade teacher; William Mack as bus driver; Su’Kova Hicks as English teacher; Russell Wesley, decline offer as Math teacher. Appointments for Eutaw Primary School: Lurene Smith as Kindergarten teacher at Eutaw Primary; Twelia Morris as long-term substitute secretary. Appointments at Robert Brown Middle School: Suntonna Miles as six grade teacher; Alisa Ward Allen as six grade teacher; Jacqueline Edwards as part-time custodian. Appointments Greene County High School: Jerria Prince as Career Preparedness Teacher, GC Career Center; Neshambia Sewell as Science teacher GCHS; Ashley Moody as English teacher GCHS; Cherema Gaines as Science teacher as long-term substitute at GCHS. Re-assignment: Cindy Taylor, from attendance supervisor to attendance officer. Part-time Employment: Cynthia Crawford as technical support for Greene County School Board District. Adjusted contract for Toice Goodson from 220 day to 240 days. The administrative services approved by the board included the following. * Approve Principal Contract – Greene County High School. * To hire a firm to survey and appraise property at Paramount Jr. High School, Eatman Elementary School, Berdine Elementary School, and Mt. Hebron Pre-School. * Authorize Attorney and Dr. Carter to make counter offer to the City of Boligee for property at Paramount Jr. High School. * Meal price change to be in compliance with the Child Nutrition Guidelines for visitors during the 2018-2019 school year. The necessary meal price adjustments are as follows: Visitor Students – Breakfast $1.50, Lunch $3.75; Visitor Adult – Breakfast $2.25, Lunch $4.00; Employees – Breakfast $2.00, Lunch $3.75. * Glimpse Proposal Grade K-12. * To accept proposals for Criterion Consulting Administrator Evaluation Support Services, for 2018-2019 school year. * Contract between the Greene County Board of Education, the Greene County Commission and the Greene County Sheriff Department for services of School Resource Officers at Robert Brown Middle, Greene County High School and Learning Academy for 2018 – 2019 school year. *Contract between Helping Hands Therapy and Greene County Board of Education for 2018 – 2019 school year. * Contract between Amy Quitt, for Provision of Speech-Language Therapy Services. Contract for Ebony Arrington Dance Education and Enrichment Program. Payment of all bills, claims, and payroll. The board approved the Parent & Student Handbook for the 2018-2019 School Year.

School board approves additional personnel roster for school system

The Greene County Board of Education, at its regular session held Monday June 11, 2018, acted on various recommendations of Superintendent Dr. James H. Carter, Sr. in preparation for the next school term. The personnel items presented to the board included Family Medical Leave, Retirement, Non-Renewal, Recall and Employment.
Superintendent Carter presented a prospect for principal at Greene County High School and the board approved his going forward, however, Dr. Carter is reconsidering his recommendation.
Andrea Perry was appointed as Assistant Principal for Greene County High School, and will coordinate the 9th Grade Academy.
Dr. Carter recommended and the board approved employment of the following additional personnel: Joseph Patrick as teacher at Greene County Learning Academy; Detrick Hodges as part-time Assistant Band Director; Kianga Austin as 1st Grade Teacher at Eutaw Primary School and Chereme Gaines as Science Teacher at Greene County High School.
The board approved the superintendent’s recommendation to recall the following personnel:
Eutaw Primary School – Fentress Means as part-time Physical Education Teacher; Katlin Whittle as part-time Art Teacher; Jacqueline Allen as Reading Intervention Teacher.
Robert Brown Middle School – Justin Booth as Part-time AgroScience Teacher; Cardelia Paige as 5th Grade Teacher; Miakka Taylor as 8th Grade Teacher; Katlin Whittle as Part-time Art Teacher.
Greene County High School – Justin Booth as part-time Physical Education and Agro Science Teacher; Fentress Means as part-time Physical Education Teacher / Driver Education Teacher; Wanda Gaitor as part-time Secretary; Willie Harkness as part-time Custodian.
Maintenance – Carl Oliver.

Johnny Pelt, a Mechanic in the Department of Transportation, was granted family medical leave. Patricia Edmond’s retirement as a Pre-K Teacher Aid at Eutaw Primary School was approved.
The board approved the superintendent’s recommendation of non-renewal of Jerria Prince as Math Teacher at Greene County High School.
Additional service contracts (separate contracts) were approved for the following:
* Corey Cockrell as Head Football Coach / B-Team Basketball Coach at RBMS.
* Henry Miles as Assistant Football Coach at RBMS.
* Jeffery Wesley as Head Basketball Coach at RBMS.
* Rodney Wesley as Head Boys Basketball Coach at GCHS.
* Karon Coleman as Head Football Coach at GCHS.
* Jacob Sullivan as Assistant Football Coach at GCHS.
* Janice Jeames as Girls Volleyball Coach at GCHS.
* Justine Booth as Assistant Baseball Coach at GCHS.
*Su’Kova Hicks as Head Girls Softball Coach at GCHS
* Drenda Morton as Cheerleader Sponsor at GCHS.
* Doris Robinson as Cheerleader Sponsor at RBMS.
* Kianga Austin as Head Girls Basketball Coach at GCHS.
* Toice Goodson as District Athletic Director.

The following personnel were approved for the summer school program.
* Angela Harkness as Teacher at GCHS.
Gilda Jowers as Computer Lab Manager and Access Facilitator.
The following were employed in Child Nutrition Program Seamless Summer Program:
Sandy Wilson; Gloria Lyons; Mary Hill; Tanesha Hinton; Romanda Askew; Youlanda Coleman; Jacqueline Pickens; Jessica Lake; Tina Cherry; and Frances McGhee.
Under administrative services, the board approved payment of all bills, claims and payroll. The board also approved the superintendent’s recommendation to amend the 2018 proposed budget to include the certified federal funds carryover from 2017 in order to expend these funds. The amendments will also include any revenues and expenditures that exceed the allowable amount to increase or decrease.

Greene County Schools receive shooting threat posted on Facebook

The students, faculty and staff at Greene County Schools were greeted by a large contingent of law enforcement officials when they arrived at their campuses, Tuesday morning, Feb. 27, 2018. This extra precaution was taken by the Greene County Schools Superintendent Dr. James H. Carter, following a Monday night threat on Facebook stating that a shooting was planned for the following day at Greene County High School. The Facebook entry read: “I will be shooting up GCHS tomorrow morning at 12:30 pm, F—- Rice and Goodson.”

Eutaw police, sheriff department, state troopers and other state law enforcement, as well as representatives of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, were on the Greene County High School campus, posted inside and outside, throughout the day, screening everyone and all vehicles coming to the school. Officers were also sent to Eutaw Primary and Robert Brown Middle Schools.
According to Dr. Carter, intensive efforts were in process for tracing the Facebook threat. He expected that arrests of individuals responsible would follow this investigation. He indicated that law enforcement had identified persons of interest.
On Tuesday afternoon, law enforcement also conducted searches, using dogs, throughout the school looking for explosives and weapons.
“Our first concern was the safety of our entire school family. We did not close schools on Tuesday once we had enlisted the protective services of all law enforcement available. Our schools were inundated with armed offices from the City of Eutaw, Greene Count Sheriff Department and deputies from surrounding counties as well as from the State Troopers and FBI,” Dr. Carter stated.
Superintendent Carter said that extra security will remain at the schools throughout the week, with the schools on lock down