Cullman County students, teachers recognize school board members


Welti Elementary School Ambassadors show their appreciation to members of the Cullman County School Board. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN – On Thursday evening, the Cullman County Board of Education (CCBOE) officially seated its board for the new session as students, teachers and administrators from schools across the county came to honor board members.  January has been declared School Board Recognition Month. Board members received plaques, gift bags and other tokens of appreciation.

Board members elected or re-elected during the last election cycle include:

  • Shane Rusk, District 2 – Fairview High School, Fairview Middle School Book, Fairview Elementary School, Parkside School
  • Kenny Brockman, District 4 -Hanceville High School, Hanceville Middle School, Hanceville Elementary School, Welti Elementary School
  • Mike Graves, District, 6 -Vinemont High School, Vinemont Middle School, Vinemont Elementary School, Child Development School
  • Kerry Neighbors, District, 7 –Good Hope High School, Good Hope Middle School, Good Hope Elementary School, Good Hope Primary School

Board business

The board approved a contract for the West Point High gym with stage roof repairs in the amount of $43,072 with Mid-American Roofing.  

The board also accepted a bid from Wells Enterprises, Inc. for the first phase of the Holly Pond High cafeteria renovation in the amount of $47,333 plus architect/engineering fees.  It was able to deduct $5,200. from the bid amount from Complete Construction, LLC for Phase II of that project, from $148,347 to $143,147 plus architect/engineering fees.

The board approved an owner and architect contract with Gunn & Associates, P.C. for Vinemont High School football field lighting, with $10,500 coming from local funds out of an estimated project cost of $150,000.

The board also approved purchase requests from the technology department:

  • To purchase equipment to replace two servers and one disk storage array from ClearWinds per AIJP contract- $44,403.16
  • To purchase a Dell Data Domain Appliance and software for data backup from ClearWinds per AIJP contract-$36,545.15

The board approved the surplus sale of 13 47-passenger buses in a single lot.

Personnel considerations


  • Austan Taylor Jones, Child Development Center Behavior Support Assistant, as of Dec. 18, 2018
  • Jennifer Denise Quick, Child Development Center Behavior Support Assistant, as of Dec. 18, 2018

Leaves of absence

  • Kelly Briscoe Hays, custodian, Holly Pond Elementary, effective Jan. 3-24, 2019
  • Norma Jeane Dodd, teacher, Hanceville High, effective: Nov. 26, 2018 – Mar. 1, 2019


  • Amy Michelle Brady, Child Development Center Behavior Support Assistant, to replace Taylor Hawkins
  • Tracy Leigh Guthrie, Child Development Center Behavior Support Assistant, to replace Austan Jones
  • Lindsey Brooke Latham, Child Development Center Behavior Support Assistant, to replace Jefferson Daniel
  • Lori Ranae Lessley, Child Development Center Behavior Support Assistant, to replace Tracey DeCicco
  • Elizabeth Terry Young, Child Development Center Behavior Support Assistant, to replace Jennifer Quick
  • Amy Michelle Cooper, Good Hope Elementary School Secretary/Bookkeeper, to replace Trasundra Marks
  • Kellie Marie Hyatt, Good Hope Middle Career Preparedness Teacher, to replace Jessica Nolen
  • Traci Darlene Canizaro, Good Hope High Temporary Special Ed. Teacher, 1/11/19- 5/24/19, Principal Candidate Semester Residency Grant, to replace Kristi Harbison
  • Claude J. McDonald, Hanceville High Temporary Secondary Teacher, 11/26/18-3/1/2019

Non-faculty coaches

  • Andrew David Shaw, Fairview High basketball
  • Jana Suzette McAfee, Good Hope High tennis (volunteer)
  • Benjamin Lee Wilson, Holly Pond High football
  • Daniel Farr, Holly Pond Middle baseball (volunteer)
  • Phillip Bridges, Vinemont High golf (volunteer)
  • Todd C Greenlee, West Point High boys’ tennis
  • Shauna Maria Junkins, West Point High track /archery (volunteer)


  • Tracy Scott Warren, bus driver
  • Tammy Renea McClendon, Child Nutrition
  • Colby Nicholas Adams, teacher

Contract/salary changes

  • Johnny Heath Whaley, Upgrade to Education Specialist
  • Benjamin Lee Wilson, Add Sr. High Football Assistant, Holly Pond High (non-faculty)
  • Kristi Hooper, Add Elementary Archery Coach, Welti
  • Todd C. Greenlee, Add Sr. High Boys Tennis Coach, West Point High (non-faculty)
  • Don Lynn, Add Sr. High Girls Golf Coach, West Point High

The next meeting of the CCBOE will be on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 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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