Cullman County Board of Education personnel notes, January 2021

The Cullman County School Board is seen at its meeting Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman County Board of Education on Wednesday released the personnel measures approved at its meeting Tuesday afternoon.

The board approved the transfer of Karen Sparks from Contract Principal, Holly Pond Elementary School to Contract Principal, Holly Pond Elementary and Middle School, effective Jan. 1, 2021  


  • Theresa Jean Davis, Good Hope Bus Driver/Custodian 1/18/2021


Leaves of Absence 

  • Brittany Marie Davis, Fairview Elementary Teacher, 2/15/2021-5/14/20021, FMLA 
  • Morgan LeaAnn Watts, Fairview High Teacher, 1/19/2021-3/12/2021, FMLA (correction to beginning date) 
  • Sara M Kirkpatrick, Good Hope Elementary Teacher, 1/5/2021-3/19/2021, FMLA (correction to beginning date) 
  • Payton Elizabeth Sandlin, Holly Pond Middle Teacher, 2/16/2021-3/26/2021, FMLA 
  • Samantha Riddle Whisenant, Vinemont High Teacher, 12/14/2020-2/10/2021 FMLA (correction to dates)


Voluntary transfers 

  • Mattie Leigh Barringer, from Holly Pond Elementary School Counselor to Holly Pond Elementary/ Middle K-8 School Counselor, 1/6/2021, to replace Melinda Campbell 
  • Elizabeth Ann Watwood, from Hanceville Middle eighth-grade Math Teacher (187 days) to Holly Pond Elementary/ Middle Temporary Assistant Principal (197 days) 1/13/2021-6/7/2021



  • Daniel Robert Clark, CDC Temporary Behavior Support Assistant (no Benefits), M-F 7:30-3:00, 1/6/2021- 5/28/2021, to replace Bryant Roberts 
  • Kathryn Allen Risner, CDC Temporary K-6 Special Education Teacher (no benefits), 1/5/2021- 3/26/2021, to replace Rachel Megan Allen 
  • Christy Denise Banks, Hanceville Elementary Temporary Intervention Teacher (as needed, no benefits) as needed 1/6/2021- 5/28/2021
  • Jennifer Lilla Manasco, Holly Pond Elementary Custodian (M-F 7- 3:30), 1/5/2021, to replace Teresa Twilley 



  • Chrishonda Rae Riggins, CNP, 1/7/2021 
  • Michael J Bates, Teacher, 1/8/2021 
  • Kinley Kathleen Campbell, Teacher, 12/18/2020 
  • Emily Lauren Corbett, Teacher, 12/18/2020 
  • Brittney Chauntail Currington, Teacher, 1/4/2021 
  • Carolyn Ann Hall, Teacher, 1/6/2021 
  • Sarabeth Kirkland Harbison, Teacher, 12/18/2020 
  • Lakisha Cofield Lovett, Teacher, 1/6/2021 
  • Isabella Roselee McGukin, Teacher, 1/13/2021 
  • Payton McKenzie Overton, Teacher, 1/6/2021 
  • Daniel Joseph Price, Teacher, 12/18/2020 
  • Pamela Jean Reynolds, Teacher, 1/6/2021 
  • Zanita Gail Roland, Teacher, 12/16/2020 
  • Callie Marie Shelton, Teacher, 1/6/2021 
  • Sandy M. Walker, Teacher, 12/17/2020 
  • Tiffany Nicole Wells, Teacher, 12/16/2020 
  • Maria Geraldine Wilkins, Teacher, 12/18/2020 


Long-Term Certified Teacher Substitute: Amy S. Cates, effective Jan. 6, 2021 Long-Term Certified Teacher Substitutes A long-term certified teacher substitute must hold a valid teaching certificate. The long-term certified teacher substitute assumes regular teacher duties for a certified Cullman County Schools teacher who is taking unpaid FMLA and/or Board Leave for twenty-one (21) or more consecutive days but less than a full school year.


2020-2021 Non-Faculty Coaches 

  • Destiny Lashay Powe, Good Hope Middle Cheerleading, Volunteer 
  • David Miller, Vinemont High JV Baseball, Volunteer 
  • William R. Whitesell, West Point High Sr. High Girls Soccer, Supplement 


Contract/Salary Changes 

  • Trett Anthony Hardman, upgrade to Education Specialist State, Recognized Date: Jan. 7, 2021 
  • Kurt Nathaniel Knight, upgrade to Education Specialist, State Recognized Date: Jan. 8, 2021 
  • Richard Kyle Penn, upgrade to Master’s, State Recognized Date: Jan. 5, 2021 
  • Mason Greer Voce, upgrade to Master’s State Recognized Date: Dec. 31, 2020 
  • Candice Baty, add Middle School Archery, West Point Middle
  • William R. Whitesell, add Sr. High Girls Soccer, West Point High (non-faculty coach)


Other board approvals:

  • Joey Wilks was approved to receive pay for up to five unused Annual Leave days, as per board policy.
  • Request from Cold Springs High Schools to pay Taylor Hale $900 for assisting with the JV Volleyball and Varsity Volleyball teams, paid by Cold Springs Volleyball Program
  • Request from Fairview Middle School to pay Kenny Griffin and Linda Chapman $600 each for Athletic Director duties for the 2020-2021 school year, paid by local school funds
  • Request from Fairview High School to pay Brian Simmons $1,500 for Athletic Director duties for the 2020-2021 school year, paid by local school athletic funds 
  • Request from Vinemont High School to pay Todd Johnson $1,500 for Athletic Director duties from the 2020-2021 school year, paid by local school funds
  • Request from West Point Middle School to pay $500 each to Steven Harbison for coaching 7th grade boys’ basketball and Hayden Voce for coaching 7th grade girls’ basketball, paid by local school funds 
  • Request to pay Kathy Day $15 per game as the official bookkeeper at the Varsity Basketball County Tournament, paid by the Cullman County Basketball Association (22 games at $15 per game=total $330) 
  • Request from the Cullman County Middle School Basketball Association to pay Scotty Cofer a $700 supplement as the 2020-2021 association president, paid by the Cullman County Middle School Basketball Association.

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W.C. Mann