CCBOE talks upcoming 1-cent tax vote; teachers, student honored

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Parkside first-teacher Tamala Weaver (left) receives a certificate from Cullman County Schools Superintendent Dr. Shane Barnette for achieving National Board Certification. (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman County Board of Education (CCBOE) at its Thursday night meeting addressed the upcoming 1-cent sales tax referendum, which will be on the ballot in the March 3, 2020 Alabama Primary election.

The board passed a resolution authorizing Superintendent Dr. Shane Barnette “to implement administrative requirements, procedures and actions deemed necessary or advisable.”

What does that mean?

Said Barnette, “This resolution allows me to use some of my time and some of our resources to promote the referendum (on the) tax, and more than anything to educate the people of Cullman County so they know what that vote is about. We just need everybody to come out and support it on March 3, 2020. If we vote yes- some of our buildings are 85 years old and older and falling in- we’re going to build new buildings, replace those old buildings, increase the security on all of our campuses and we’re going to build a new career tech facility to help everybody in Cullman so that if they’re not going to college, we’re going to prepare them for a job. That’s what the tax is all about.”

Back on Oct. 10, the CCBOE passed a resolution asking the Cullman County Commission to set an election in March 2020 for a public vote on a proposed 1-cent sales tax to benefit the county and city school systems. On Oct. 22, the Cullman County Commission agreed to place the measure on the March 3, 2020 primary election ballot.

Board Member Gene Sullins, who represents West Point and Harmony Schools, said of the proposed tax, “I’m behind it 100%. I encourage all the other board members to work with their schools and talk to them about it. We need this money.”

For a comprehensive overview of where the CCBOE says the money will go, see www.cullmantribune.com/2019/10/25/where-would-the-1-cent-tax-money-go.

In other business, the CCBOE recognized Parkside teachers Tracey Jones and Tamala Weaver for achieving National Board Certification while Good Hope Elementary student Noah McCurry received a CCBOE e5 Exceptional Service Award.

Barnette invited everyone to attend the Cullman County Basketball Tournament taking place Jan. 18-25 at Wallace State.

The board also approved:

  • A request from West Point Middle School to pay the following, paid by local school funds: Blake Thompson $1,000 for athletic director responsibilities and Colton Costa $500 for coaching seventh-grade boys’ basketball.
  • A request from the Cullman County Middle School Basketball Association to pay Scotty Cofer a $700 supplement as the 2019-2020 association president.
  • A request from Dr. Anita Kilpatrick that Alexis Williams replace Tyler Mitchell on the 2019-2020 Math Elementary Textbook Committee and the addition of Anna Lee West as a committee member.

 

The next regularly scheduled CCBOE meeting will be Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 immediately following the work session at 5:30 p.m.

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Good Hope Elementary student Noah McCurry (left) received a CCBOE e5 Exceptional Service Award from Cullman County Schools Superintendent Dr. Shane Barnette at the CCBOE meeting Thursday evening. (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)
Parkside eighth-grade teacher Tracey Jones (left) receives a certificate from Cullman County Schools Superintendent Dr. Shane Barnette for achieving National Board Certification. (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)
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Maggie Darnell

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