School board selects personnel for 21st Century Community Learning Centers

At a called meeting held Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, the Greene County Board of Education approved personnel recommended by Superintendent James Carter for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) at Eutaw Primary School and Robert Brown Middle School. The two schools have been approved for a total of $300,000 funding each year for three years for the extended day programs scheduled to begin Monday, Nov. 6, 2017.
Dr. Shayla McCray, At Risk Coordinator for the Greene County School System, will serve as overall director of the project. Teachers include Keisha Williams, Charlease Smith, Lester Cox, Felicia Smith, Raven Bryant, Janice Jeams, Rebecca Coleman, Miakka Taylor, Shunetta Kirkman, and Tamecisha Abrams. Assistant teachers include Tweila Morris and Rachael Nickson. According to Dr. Carter, the personnel may be adjusted depending on the number of students participating in the programs.
The after school programs will operate approximately 2 hours after school hours at each school facility, serving up to 100 students with a focus on STEAM, Language arts, recreational skills, entrepreneurial education, nutrition and health, counseling and expanded library access.The project also includes a parental involvement and family literacy component; anti-bullying, drug and violence prevention.

School board approves superintendent’s contract Greene County schools awarded $300,000 for school based 21st Century Community Learning Centers

At the Greene County school board meeting held Sept. 18, 2017, Superintendent James Carter announced that the school system, in partnership with the Greene County Children’s Policy Council, under the leadership of District Judge Lillie Jones Osborne, was awarded two 21st Century Community Learning Center Grants (CCLC) for Eutaw Primary School and Robert Brown Middle School, totaling $300,000. The projects will serve 100 students at each school facility with a 36-weeks after school program (Monday through Friday) and a four-to-six-weeks summer enrichment program.
The 21st CCLC programs at both schools will focus on Reading, Math and Science, and (STEM), Arts and Music education, tutorial services, language enhancement, recreational skills, entrepreneurial education and nutrition and health education, counseling and expanded library access.
The project also includes programs that promote parental involvement and family literacy, and drug, bullying and violence prevention programs.
“The current funding of this 21st Century CCLC project is a significant boost to our overall goals and efforts in preparing our students academically as well as equipping them with relevant life skills,” said Dr. Carter.
According to Dr. Carter, the sponsoring partners have scheduled orientation and training for timely implementation of the programs.
At its September meeting, the school board approved a contract agreement with Superintendent Dr. James H. Carter, Sr. for the period 2018-2020.
Other personnel actions of the school board included the following:
*Approved the resignation of Lamar Lavender, Custodian at Greene County High, effective September, 2017.

*Approved employment of Tina Cherry as Substitute Cook, Child Nutrition Program.
*Approved Additional Service Contracts 2017 – 2018 Greene County High School: (Separate Contract) Karon Coleman – Head Track Coach.
*Approved Catastrophic Leave for Angelia Hood – Special Education Coordinator, Central Office; Family Medical Leave for Linda Merriweather – Cook, at Greene County High School and for Freddie Merriweather – Bus Driver, Transportation Department.The board approved the following administrative services:
*Greene County Schools One-on-One Technology Handbook.
*Implementation Guide of Curriculum Component for Strategic Plan (Phase 1).
*Contract between Greene County Board of Education and Greene County Sheriff ‘s Department through Football season.
*Contract between Greene County Board of Education and Greene County Commission for School Resource Officers, for the following schools: Greene County High School; Robert Brown Middle School and Greene County Learning Academy.
*First Reading of the Travel Policy.
Superintendent Carter also reported on the following initiatives in the school system.
*Teachers in grades Pre-K – 3rd will be trained in how to implement the Math Their Way concept, an approach which incorporates adding concrete means in calculations.
*Students at Robert Brown Middle School will have the opportunity to engage in a community garden program.
*Provide opportunities for students in grades 4 -12 to engage in the National Park Service Programs.
*Field trips will have a greater focus on historical sites in and around Greene County this school year. Also, a main focus will be on the contributions that Black citizens made in the civil rights movement.
*We are exploring the possibilities of implementing during this school year a salad bar for students and teachers at all schools. Students also have the opportunity to provide input in the school menu.

Superintendent Carter assures board personnel in place for new school term

At the regular school board meeting held Monday, July 17, 2017, Superintendent James Carter assured the board members that all necessary personnel were on board to begin the next school term. Dr. Carter explained that we lost a couple of teachers due to re-location. “ One of our Math teachers said he hated to leave the Greene County school system, but he was getting married and would be relocating with his bride.” According to Superintendent Carter, “It was not easy securing a qualified Math teacher, but persistence and prayer were on our side.”
The board approved the following personnel items recommended by the superintendent.
* Employment at Robert Brown Middle School: Deborah Yvette Sommerville – 7th Grade Science teacher.
* Employment at Greene County High School: Jerria Prince – Math teacher; Karon Coleman – In-School Suspension Specialist.
* Recall at Robert Brown Middle School: Raven Bryant – Special Education teacher; Vassie Brown – Adjunct Instructor (Drama)
* Transfer: Dorris Robinson from P.E. teacher at Eutaw Primary School to P.E. Teacher at Robert Brown Middle School due to certification issues; Jeffery Wesley from P.E. Teacher at Robert Brown Middle School to P.E. Teacher at Eutaw Primary School.
* Reassignment: Fentress Means from In-School Suspension Specialist/GC Learning Academy to Physical Education Teacher at Eutaw Primary School.
* Leave of Absence: Tammy Anderson, teacher at Eutaw Primary School, to complete requirements of a ten day residency as required by the University of West Alabama – December 6 – 12, 2017.
* Additional Service Contracts 2017 – 2018 for the following employees at Robert Brown Middle School: (Separate Contract) Corey Cockrell – Head Football Coach; Henry Miles, Jr. – Asst. Football Coach, Asst. B-Team Basketball Coach.

Additional Service Contracts 2017 – 2018 for the following employees at Greene County High School: (Separate Contract) Karon Coleman – Head Football Coach; Rodney Wesley – Asst. Football Coach; Fentress Means – Asst. Football Coach.
Non-Renewal at Robert Brown Middle School: Wanda Blakely – Special Education Teacher. * Resignation Eutaw Primary: Gentrel Eatman, Physical Education teacher, effective July 6, 2017.

* Resignation Greene County High: Micheal Williams, Mathematics Teacher, effective June 23, 2017.
Employment of Chuck Jackson as Bus Driver for the system.
Catastrophic Sick Leave and Family Medical Leave: Cindy Taylor.
The board approved the following administrative services recommended by Superintendent Carter.
* Federal Funds – Conflict of Interest Policy.
* Travel for the following to Atlanta, Ga. to attend School Nutrition Association Annual Conference on July 9 – 12, 2017 (Gloria Lyons and Sandy Underwood.
* Change Order submitted by Dallas Air Conditioning in the amount of $24,100 for heat/air at Robert Brown Middle School
* Contract between Greene County Board of Education and Criterion K-12 Consulting for Formative Administrator Evaluation Support Services for 2017 – 2018 school year.
* Agreement between Greene County Board of Education and Woods Therapeutic Services, Inc. to provide Behavior Aides for the 2017 – 2018 school year.
* Agreement between Greene County Board of Education and Amy Wilson Quitt to provide speech-language therapy services to preschool children at Greene County Head Start, Eutaw Primary, and Warrior Academy for the 2017 – 2018 school year
* Agreement between Greene County Board of Education and Kim Herren to provide developmental services to children at Greene County Head Start for the 2017 – 2018 school year
* Bank reconciliations as submitted by Ms. Katrina Sewell, CSFO
* Payment of all bills, claims, and payroll.
Under instructional items, the board approved the Greene County Board of Education Strategic Plan 2017 – 2018.
In his report Superintendent Carter announced that Institute Day for all employees of the Greene County School System is scheduled for August 2, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. The start date for students will be August 7, 2017. This will be a full day. National Night Out and Back to School Rally is scheduled for Tuesday, August 1, 2017 on the town square.

 

Superintendent Carter advances new classroom designs School board salutes GCH Girls Basketball Team as Class 3A Area 7 Champions

Greene County High Lady Tigers displaying their Class 3A banner, Shown Above: Graduating seniors of the GCHS Lady Tigers Basketball Team: Te’Aira Wilson, Kelsey Spencer, Raven Vanable and Sabrina French.

At the Greene County School Board meeting held Monday, March 27, 2017, Superintendent James Carter and board members gave a special salute to the Greene County High Lady Tigers basketball team as Class 3A Area 7 Champions, 2016-2017. Dr. Carter presented the Lady Tigers, along with their coach, Kendra Payne and Principal Garry Rice, with a banner designating their championship.

Superintendent James Carter, in his continued efforts to improve school curricula and culture, presented the board with additional innovative considerations. Dr. Carter explained that the design of the classroom is important to the learning process. “Students’ desks, textbooks, and other barriers between teacher and students should be removed.
Teachers need and should have the flexibility to be more innovative and creative in the classroom. There is a need to reinvent the classroom to fit the 21st century learners,” he stated.
According to Superintendent Carter, the first thing that should be done is to get parents more involved in their children’s education; next Second identify teachers and principals who care about children and make students feel like they belong in the school. Third thing is that every child should feel a sense of accomplishment. He further noted that the three major institutions that once supported our children and now are failing our children. These institutions, home, church and school, must take the lead in helping educators turn around schools.
Dr. Carter also raised the question: “How can corporal punishment have a place in schools?” He noted that research shows that Black students and students with disabilities receive physical punishment more than other students. He suggests that the system reviews its policies regarding corporal punishment in schools.
Carter also noted that the school system is in the process of establishing collaboration with Greene County Hospital to implement a candy striper program as well as a Nursing Assistant Program with students enrolled at Greene County Career Center.
The superintendent ended his report with the announcement of a sale of surplus equipment at the former Paramount school on April 11 and; at former Carver school on April 12 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
In other business, the board approved the following personnel items as presented by the superintendent.
* Employment: Micheal Bolton as Bus Driver for the system.
* Leave of Absence without pay for LaJoycelyn Davis, Secretary at Robert Brown Middle School.
Additional Service contract(s) for the following employees at Greene County High School for the 2016 – 2017 academic year. (Separate Contract): Jacob Sullivan – Asst. Baseball Coach. The Board approved the following administrative services items:
Bid submitted by Dallas Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. in the amount of $82,950 to rework controls at Robert Brown Middle School (Only Bidder).
Field Trip Requests: Robert Brown Middle – Math and Science Day at Six Flags Over Ga on May 12, 2017; Robert Brown Middle – Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, GA on May 4, 2017.
Payment of all bills, claims, and payroll.
The board approved the following Instructional Items:
* Revamping of Kindergarten Program to include project learning type of concept with a focus on communication, critical thinking skills, foreign language, and math problem solving activities
* Organize Summer School for promotion of students who are struggling or identified as at-risk
* Teachers and Principals to develop a reading list for students to enhance their reading skills over the summer months

Local board honored for School Board Appreciation Month – Superintendent questions state’s designation of failing schools in Greene County

During his report at the regular meeting of the Greene County Board of Education, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, Superintendent James Carter stated that Robert Brown Middle School and Greene County High School have been designated by the State Department of Education as failing schools based on tests scores from 2015-2016. “It has been determined that Greene County School System has two schools that fall within the bottom 6% of schools in Alabama. Any schools within this range are placed on the failing schools list as referenced in the Alabama Accountability Act of 2013, revised in 2015,” Dr, Carter said.
Dr. Carter further explained that the state tests, the ACT Aspire in Reading and Math, were administered in the Spring of 2016 to grades 3-8 and grade 10. “We are not making excuses when we say that this was the first time these particular tests were administered to the schools.” He also noted that the tests results attributed to Robert Brown Middle School were from the former Carver Middle School and do not include students test results from the former Paramount School. Robert Brown Middle School began operations as a consolidated school from Carver and Paramount in August of 2016.
“I am concerned that Robert Brown Middle School is called a failing school when Robert Brown Middle School did not exist when these tests were given,” Carter said. He also noted that Greene County High School was not on the failing list in the previous year. “ This is somewhat perplexing for them to be placed back on the failing list after being off the list last year,” he added.

“The Alabama Accountability Act is just another scheme for tax credits and vouchers to be given to students’ parents who choose for their children to have a private school education,” Carter stated.
According to state reports, the Alabama Accountability Act helps students move from public to private schools with scholarships funded by tax credits. Approximately 70% of the nearly 6,000 scholarships went to children who would not otherwise attend a failing school.
Superintendent Carter also announced that the Robert Brown family has made a generous donation of $5,100 to the recently dedicated Robert Brown Middle School. Carter extended a deep appreciation to the family on behalf of the entire school system.
In recognition of School Board Appreciation Month, the board received special recognition and salutes from the schools and Central Office Personnel. Eutaw Primary students presented a creative dance as well as other treats. Robert Brown Middle School students serenaded the board and presented other treats. The Child Nutrition Program personnel gave the board members fruit baskets. Parent Involvement Coordinator presented a special Certificate of Appreciation to each board member. Greene County High School announced that it will make special presentations to the board at its Honors Program scheduled for January 31.
The board approved the following personnel items recommended by the superintendent.
Employment of Mrs. Sondra Terry as part-time Science Teacher at Greene County Career Center; employment of Tren’D’Mis Davis as Bus Driver and adding Ms. Tanesha Lyons to the current CNP Substitute list for 2017-2018 year.
The Administrative Services approved by the board included the following:
* Expand wireless opportunities for schools following additional review.
* Accept proposals for sale/lease of properties at former Paramount Jr. High and Carver Middle School.
* Approve lease agreement with Norfolk Southern Corporation for use of Paramount parking lot for a limited period of time, pending legal review and approval by board’s attorney.
* Payment of all bills, claims, and payroll.
Bank reconciliations as submitted by CSFO.
The following items were also presented at the meeting by Superintendent Carter:
* Advertisement for sale or lease of properties at Paramount Jr. High and Carver Middle School.
* Sale dates for surplus equipment at Carver and Paramount.
* Restrooms at Robert Brown Middle School have been refurbished and the hallways painted.
* Review of curriculum/instruction of Greene County schools.
* Develop program to recognize outstanding students and employees.
* Review each school’s master schedule to determine if maximum learning opportunities are provided to each student.
* Develop system for scheduling maintenance /work orders in timely fashion.
* Tutorial lab for primary grades and grades four and five.
* Seek foreign language instructors for primary and middle school grades.

School board members sworn into office; schools accreditation affirmed

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L to R: Mrs. Janette Cockrell holds Bible as her daughter Kashaya Cockrell is sworn-in; John Zippert holds Bible for his wife Dr. Carol Zippert as Judge Lillie Jones Osborne administers the Oath .

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Shown L to R displaying Schools Accreditation Plaque: Superintendent James Carter,Sr., School Boardmembers Carrie Dancy, Kashaya Cockrell, Leo Branch, Carol Zippert, William Morgan, Principals Sharon Jennings and Frederick Square.

 

Ms. Kashaya Cockrell, representing School Board District 2, and Dr. Carol P. Zippert, representing District 1, were sworn into office at the Board of Education meeting held, Monday, November 28, 2016. Greene County District Judge Lillie Jones Osborne conducted the ceremony. Cockrell and Zippert were elected to six year terms each following the November 8, 2016 general election. Zippert served on the school board for the past two years completing the term vacated by Lester Brown when he was elected to the Greene County Commission in 2014, representing District 1.

Superintendent James H. Carter, Sr. presented the board with a plaque affirming the accreditation of the Greene County School System by the AdvanceEd Accreditation Commission. Following an intensive examination of the school system’s total operations in April, 2016, the AdvanceEd External Review Team recommended Greene County Schools for accreditation.
In other business the school board approved the following personnel items.
Employment of Tweela Jordan as Part-time Teacher-Aide at Greene County Career Center; Ivory Robinson as Elementary Teacher at Robert Brown Middle School; Eddie Coats as Bus Driver for the system; Wennoa Peebles as Bus Driver for the system; Adding TreDemis Davis to the current Bus Driver Substitute List 2016-2017. November 14, 2016 approved as the last working day for Ms. Brenda Grant (Retirement was approved October 17, 2016).
The board approved the following administrative services recommended by Superintendent Carter.
* Acceptance of bids for a wrought iron fence, brick column, and gate for Greene County High School when funds are available.
* Permission to research cost of building an athletic field house on Greene County High School campus (Rationale: To be able to utilize the practice field).
* Agreement between Greene County Board of Education and Integra Realty Resources – Birmingham for Valuation and Consulting Services for the former Paramount Jr. High School and Carver Middle School properties.
* Contract with West Central Official Association of Livingston, Alabama for basketball officials during the 2016 -2017 school term.
* Contract with Criterion Consulting LLC for Formative Administrator Evaluation Support Services for 2016 – 2017 school year.
* Permission for Dr. James Carter, Superintendent, to attend the National Superintendent Conference in New Orleans, LA on March 2 – 4, 2017.
* Surplus old athletic uniforms for Paramount Jr. High and Carver Middle School or allow coaches to decide how to use them.
* Request to install a security fence at football stadium at Robert Brown Middle School Stadium
* Surplus and sale inventory at Paramount Jr. High and Carver Middle School.
Field trip Request for students and teachers at Greene County High to attend Education Day at Carowinds in Charlotte, NC on April 21, 2017.
Field Trip Request for Robert Brown Middle School’s 4 – 6 grade to participate in the Disney YES (Youth Educational Series) Program in Orlando, FL on May 7, 2017.
Field Trip Request for Drama Class to travel to New York City during Spring Break.
Field Trip Request for students and teachers at Robert Brown Middle School to travel to Atlanta, Ga to visit a Civil Rights Museum and have a College Tour on April 25, 2017.
Field Trip Request for students and teachers at Robert Brown Middle School to visit Ruby Falls and Rock City in Chattanooga, TN on April 21, 2017.
Out of School Violent Criminal Conduct Policy.
Black History In the School Curriculum Policy.
Resolution to remove authorized signers, Shane Martin and Emma Louie and add Leon Dowe and James Carter as authorized signers at Bank of Tuscaloosa.
Closing Carver Middle School’s account at Merchants and Farmers Bank.
Bid submitted by ADS Security in the amount of $19, 980.00 for Camera System at Robert Brown Middle School when funds are available.
Payment of all bills, claims, and payroll.
Bank reconciliations as submitted by Mr. Leon Dowe, CSFO.
In his report, Dr. Carter noted the following:
* Attended the World of Work Conference at Shelton State.
* Participated in the Red Ribbon Week Activities.
* Participated in the Breast Cancer Awareness Program.
* Attended and Toured Mercedes Automobile Plant.
* Performed structured interviews with Principals to enhance student achievement
* Reviewed test data with staff. This should help us better plan our instructional goal of 5% increase on the ACT Aspire.
* Ordered 40 jackets to help parents of students who were unable to pay for jackets at the time the uniform dress code for the 9th grade academy was established.
* Participated in the homecoming parade and several school coronations
* Attended and participated in the Induction Ceremony at Greene County High School Mu Alpha Theta honor society and Rho Beta history honor society
Attended West Alabama Works – a Workforce Development Council meeting hosted by Mercedes Benz.
Inquire about a partnership with city and county government to build or to organize a technology center.
“In order for the Greene County School System to continue improving, teachers must develop measurable goals for all students. It is my opinion that this system needs refining, better data and better assessments instruments. We must get empowerment right starting with teachers, parents, school community and above all, the students. Our leadership must find a vision that yield positive results.
“The leadership in our schools and classrooms must perform a self assessment and ask the tough question. Do I want a world class school and district or am I satisfied with the status quo.
Robert Brown Dedication Ceremony held November 10. Brown was honored by the recently organized middle school being officially named in his honor, Dr. Carter stated.

Paramount Jr. High inducts 18 students into the National Jr. Honor Society

 

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Far Left: Mr. & Mrs. Abraham Kennard and Superintendent James Carter shown with Inductees of the Abraham Kennard Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society of Paramount Jr. High School. Far Right: Principal Frederick Square and Ms. Brenda Grant, Advisor.

 

Paramount Jr. High School inducted 18 members into the Abraham Kennard Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society on Friday, April 29, 2016.  The 2015-2016 Inductee were: Derrick Allen, LaKayla Bullock, Roydricker Bullock, Tinyre Dancy, Jakeria Hargrove, Talia Hawkins, Dekylah Head, Karleisha Henley, LaCarria Hodges, Ronald Hopson, ShaKiya Johnson, Shandrya Mobley, Jamia Purse, Alanna Robinson, Nigel Speights, Sharlisa Taylor, Jamealeyah Williams, and Kanisha Williams.
The Chapter is named for former Paramount Principal, Mr. Abraham Kennard of Forkland, AL who was present at the ceremony with his wife, Mrs. Flora Kennard.
The current officers and members of the Paramount Chapter are Quantynia Johnson, President; Teresa Moore, Vice president; Miya Hardy, Secretary; Elouise Edwards, Treasurer; Jaylon Scott, Parliamentarian; (members) Woodrow Bullock, IV; and Jalen Cotton.
The Induction Program opened with a Musical Prelude, followed by Entrance of the Inductees, Posting of the Colors by the Greene County High School JROTC, the Pledge of Allegiance led by Tavion White and a solo by Ms. Felecia Smith. The Lighting of the Candles and brief statements on the Principles of the National Junior Honor Society were presented by the following members: Jaylon Scott, Character; Woodrow Bullock, IV, Citizenship; Elouise Edwards, Scholarship; Miya Hardy, Leadership and Jalen Cotton, Service. Following this presentation, President Quantynia Johnson extinguished the candles.
Ms. Brenda Grant, Advisor, presented the inductees for enrollment, pinning and signing of the register.  Principal Frederick Square led the inductees in the Recitation of the Pledge.
Musical selections were rendered by the GCHS Choral Ensemble. Closing remarks were presented by Mr. Kennard, Interim Superintendent Dr. James H. Carter, Sr. and Principal Square.
Special guests were members of the Eunice R. Outland Chapter of the National Honor Society of Greene County High School, the GCHS JROTC and the GCHS Choral Ensemble.
The faculty council include Ms. Brenda Grant, Ms. Su’Kova Hicks, Ms. Janice Jeames, Ms. Drenda Morton, and Ms. Rosalyn Robinson.
A reception was held for guests, parents, members and inductees.