CCBOE awards contract for Good Hope upgrades, announces personnel changes; lunch prices going up


CULLMAN – On Tuesday evening, the Cullman County Board of Education (CCBOE) voted to approve a maintenance department bid from P.G. Wells Enterprises, Inc. for electrical upgrades and renovations at Good Hope High School in the amount of $324,777.  This project will be paid for with QZAB funds, which are available to schools with at least 35 percent of students eligible for free or reduced lunches, and which offer academic programs in conjunction with local businesses designed to increase graduation and employment rates.

The board approved a request from the Child Nutrition Program to increase student paid lunch prices from $2.35 to $2.45, employee lunches from $3.35 to $3.50 and visitor lunch from $3.60 to $4.00.  The request came because of an increase in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Paid Lunch equity worksheet calculations for the 2018-2019 school year.

The board also voted to establish a Child Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)/At-Risk program to be implemented at Harmony School.  According to the USDA, “CACFP provides aid to child and adult care institutions and family or group day care homes for the provision of nutritious foods that contribute to the wellness, healthy growth, and development of young children, and the health and wellness of older adults and chronically impaired disabled persons.”  The program is federally funded.

Student recognitions

Tuesday’s meeting opened with recognitions of student achievements, including:

West Point High School

-Math team for winning the 5A state championship
-Scholars’ bowl was 5A runner up and fifth in the nation
-Senior Hunter Appling won two gold medals at the state track meet and broke the state record in the 110 hurdles.

West Point Middle School

-Archery Team placed third in the following tournaments: West Point Warrior, Cullman County and the Cullman Regional Tournaments. The team also participated in the State and National -Tournament and qualified for the World Tournament.
-Carter Duke- Placed second in the County Tournament and third in the Regional and State Tournament.

The board approved a resolution to increase the base annual salary for the superintendent by 2.5 percent effective July 1, 2018, as provided for in the superintendent’s contract and consistent with the pay raise afforded by Alabama Act 2018-356 to other employees.

The board also approved an out-of-state field trip for Cold Springs High School and Middle School Cross Country teams to attend a cross country camp on July 25 in Chicago.  Blaise Carie, Heather Johnson and Angela Calvert will oversee the trip.

Superintendent’s report

Superintendent Dr. Shane Barnette reported that, thanks to the system’s partnership with Wallace State, the 2017-2018 CCBOE graduating class earned 11 associate degrees and 16 short-term certificates.  Thanks to Fast Track programs and graduation ceremony scheduling, he said, some Cullman County students received their associate diplomas even before their high school diplomas.

The system had 161 additional seniors earn a College Career Readiness Indicator this past spring.  

Barnette also declared last Saturday’s Jeremiah Castille Camp to be a huge success, with more than 200 students attending.

Personnel considerations


Leigh Anne Basenburg, Holly Pond Elementary teacher


Timothy E Garner, Child Development Center Special Education teacher
Daniel Ray Moore, Cold Springs Elementary Physical Education teacher
Sharon Burleson Ray, Holly Pond High Business Education teacher
Jennifer Olson White, Vinemont High counselor


Jamie Cason, Good Hope High bookkeeper (probationary)

Leaves of absence

Jefferson Clark Daniel, Child Development Center behavioral support assistant
Krystal H Allbright, Cold Springs Elementary teacher

Voluntary transfers

Kara Suzanne Hollis, from Holly Pond bookkeeper to Central Office CNP accountant
Steven Chad Akridge, from Cold Springs High Teacher to Credit Recovery teacher
Contrina Styles, from Hanceville School Nurse to Fairview Elementary school nurse
Leslie Annett Arnold, from Fairview Middle eighth-grade history teacher to Fairview Middle seventh-grade computer science teacher
Susan Patrick, from Central Office secondary curriculum coordinator to Fast Track for Industry Fast Track/Virtual School coordinator
Miranda Hames, from Self Good Hope Primary first-grade teacher to Good Hope Elementary fifth-grade science teacher
Patricia Whatley, from Good Hope Elementary fifth-grade science/social studies teacher to Good Hope Primary first-grade teacher
Heather Smith, from Fairview Elementary School nurse to Hanceville school nurse
Sandy Chambers, from Holly Pond Middle School secretary to Holly Pond High/Middle School bookkeeper
Melinda Campbell, from Vinemont Elementary Counselor to Holly Pond Middle Counselor
Misty Lynn Freeman, from Welti Elementary School nurse to Vinemont Elementary School nurse
Lanza Willoughby, from Cold Springs High counselor to Vinemont Elementary counselor
Patricia Hill Kelley, from Good Hope Primary CNP worker to Welti Elementary CNP manager

New hires and rehires

Janet E Mattox, Central Office – federal programs part-time EL coordinator, as needed
Amanda L Martin, Child Development Center behavior support assistant
Jocelyn Anne Logan, Good Hope Elementary teacher
Wesley Paul Waters, Good Hope High/Middle special education teacher
Mark David Armstrong, Hanceville Elementary teacher
Cody Luke McCain, Hanceville High physical education teacher
Joshua Wayne Lambert, Hanceville Middle sixth-grade reading/ science teacher
Braxton Zerok Pitts, Hanceville Middle School English teacher
Brendan Scott Lovelady, Technology Department computer technician – school as assigned
Amber Nicole Barnett, Welti Elementary School nurse (LPN)
Ralph E. Oaks, West Point High temporary, part-time as needed summer school driver's ed teacher


Crystal Michelle Paris, child nutrition
Jason Derf Bryan, bus driver

Contract changes

John David Hood, upgrade to doctorate
Tasha Drake Flanigan, upgrade to sixth year (EDS)
Harvey B. Jones, JROTC Instructor SAI, Cullman Area Technology Academy.  Decrease from 12 months to 10 months per Department of the Army.
Chad E. Ullery, JROTC Teacher, Cullman Area Technology Academy.  Decrease from 12 months to 10 months per Department of the Army.

2018 summer student workers

Caleb Elijah Barnette, Central Office

Savanna Lou Derrick, Central Office

Jackson Taft Dillashaw, Central Office

Tommy Lee Fetters, Central Office

Jake Parker Griggs, Central Office

Connor Paul Kilpatrick, Central Office

Graham Shawn Nelson, Central Office

Skylar Lakaye Tucker, Central Office

Clay Jeremiah Rollo, Cold Springs High

Brooks Allen Stephenson, Cold Springs High

Billy Joe Halbrook, Good Hope High

Reilly Hope Hood, Good Hope High

Joshua Lynn Overton, Good Hope High

Levi Gene Boatright, Holly Pond High

Cody Lee McGriff, Holly Pond High

Mitchell Lamar Ford, Vinemont High

Carter Katch Johnson, Vinemont High

Summer contract extensions

Sam Nichols, Summer Custodial work, Fairview High

Amanda Floyd, Summer work in library and planning, Good Hope Elementary

Lisa Hinkle, Summer work scheduling/planning, Good Hope Elementary

Sonjah Smith, Summer work scheduling/planning, Good Hope Elementary

Marlene Hancock, Summer work scheduling/planning, Good Hope Elementary

Laura Rankhorn, Summer work, Holly Pond Elementary

Phillip Gay, Summer work scheduling, Holly Pond Middle

Susan Peinhardt, Custodian, Harmony

Lynette Burt, Summer Custodian, Vinemont Middle

Anita Smith, Summer deep cleaning of the restrooms, West Point Elementary

Child Development Center Aides: Janet Chambers and Anita Kelley

Child Development Center Teachers: Karlie Baker, Breann Prince, Stephanie Tankersley, Jessica Turner and Summer Walker

The next regular meeting of the CCBOE will be on Tuesday, July 24 at 6 p.m. in the Central Office board room, with work session at 5:30. The public is invited to attend.

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