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 system and Children’s Policy Council hold Tie Tying Ceremony for 9th Grade Academy

The Greene County School System held its second annual Tie Tying Ceremony for the students entering the 9th Grade Academy. This event commenced last year with the formation of the Academy to high light the students’ 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 jackets, white shirts and ties identifies the 9th grade students as they pursue their academic mission. The ceremony was co-sponsored by the Greene County Children’s Policy Council, where District Judge Lillie Jones Osborne is President. The CPC also donated the ties for the students. School officials and community leaders volunteered to teach and assist the students in the tie tying process.