CCBOE declares October Dyslexia Awareness Month


CCBOE Superintendent Shane Barnette / Tribune file photo

VINEMONT – The Cullman County Board of Education declared October 2017 to be Dyslexia Awareness Month for county schools at its most recent meeting. The board passed a resolution stating:

WHEREAS, Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin and is characterized by difficulty with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities; and

WHEREAS, these difficulties typically are caused by a deficit in the phonological component of language that is unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and to the provision of effective classroom instruction; and

WHEREAS, secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge; and

WHEREAS, Dyslexia occurs on a continuum of severity affecting between 10 and 20 percent of the population according to the National Institutes of Health; and

WHEREAS, our district and community will benefit from increased awareness of the nature of Dyslexia, the early warning signs of Dyslexia, and the value of multisensory structured language interventions for students with Dyslexia; and

WHEREAS, greater recognition and understanding are necessary to ensure that individuals with Dyslexia living in Alabama and all other Americans with Dyslexia are accurately identified and provided with appropriate services so that they might lead maximally productive lives:

NOW, THEREFORE, THE CULLMAN COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION, do hereby proclaim October 2017 as Dyslexia Awareness Month in Cullman County Schools and encourage all teachers, parents, and community stakeholders to learn more about Dyslexia and to offer support to parents, educators, and individuals affected by Dyslexia.

Additionally, the board approved a proclamation recognizing the third week of October (October 16-20) as School Bus Safety Week.

Other board business:

-approved the following assistant principals to be athletic coaches for the 2017-18 year:

     George Redding (Fairview High) – senior high football coach

     Daniel Wakefield (Hanceville High) – senior high and ninth-grade boys’ basketball coach

     Brent Barnett (Hanceville High) – cross country coach

-approved 2017-18 academic and athletic coaching supplements and assignments

-increased nurse substitute pay to $100/day effective November 1, as well as adjusted the County Schools Salary Schedule to reflect the change

-approved two Public Works projects from the maintenance department (asphalt and paving for Good Hope Middle School’s parking lot, system-wide fuel tank painting)

-approved the maintenance department’s bid for re-roofing and renovating the Vinemont High School building and cafeteria

-approved Good Hope Middle School, Good Hope High School and West Point High School to pay their athletic directors, as well as GHMS to pay its robotics team sponsor

-approved professional leave days for Cullman County Education Support Professionals (CCESP) to send members to two assemblies in November:

Friday, Nov. 3 – 2017 ESP Minority Leadership Training Conference
Thursday, Nov. 30 and Friday, Dec. 1 – 2017 ESP Delegate Assembly in Montgomery

-approved two out-of-state field trip requests:

West Point High – four FFA officers will travel to Indianapolis Oct. 24-28 for the National FFA Convention
Vinemont Elementary – third-grade students will travel to the Tennessee Aquarium to learn about animals and their different habitats

Superintendent’s report:

Oct. 16-17 – Varsity Volleyball County Tournament at Holly Pond

Oct. 23 – Parent Teacher Conferences

Nov. 1 – Early Release Day

The next regular board meeting will be Thursday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m. in the Cold Springs Elementary Library, with a work session at 5:30 p.m.

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