City school board honors Britton

Cullman City School Board Vice President Jason Neal, Coach Mark Britton and board member Chris Branham (Amy Leonard for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman City School Board ran through a lengthy agenda late Monday afternoon at its regular board meeting. The robust agenda brought no discourse among the board members, with all items passing unanimously. The highlight of the meeting was the proclamation naming the football field at Cullman High School’s (CHS) Oliver Woodard Stadium in honor of retired head coach Mark Britton, whose tenure at CHS is legendary.  

Board member Chris Branham, who played for Britton at CHS, shared, “Coach helped to shape me into who I am. He was hard on me, but when I did something great, he showed me so much love and appreciation. That helped me become who I am today. It’s about working hard in the trenches, making mistakes and getting a pat on the back when doing it right. He would chew on me when I messed up because he knew I could do better, so he pushed me. He knew what our potential was before we did and helped us to meet it.” 

See The Tribune’s separate, feature article on Britton.  

The following action items were approved: 

  • Financial report with monthly financial statement and cash balance/bank reconciliations for June 2022 
  • Final approval of Board Policy 6.26-Opt-in for mental health services by parent or legal guardian 
  • Approval of CNP operations associate job description and salary schedule 
  • Naming of CHS football field to the Mark Britton Field 

The following contracts were approved: 

  • Encore Rehabilitation, Inc. for physical and occupational therapy consultation services 
  • Lisa Martin for hearing and visually impaired services 
  • Yenny Laney and Arleen Solis-Dominguez for translation/interpretation services 

The following stipends were approved: 

  • Cullman City Primary School (CPS) Leadership training 
  • Neuhaus Science of Reading and Reading Readiness training 
  • Second-grade West Elementary ELA and Math pacing guides 
  • Cullman High School ELA pacing guides and grading parameters 
  • CCS mentors for mentoring duties while preparing for new school year 
  • CHS teacher to attend ELA A+ training 
  • CHS Math pacing guides and grading parameters 
  • CCS New Employee Orientation for one day of training for non-certified personnel 
  • CCS New Employee Orientation for two days of training for non-certified personnel 
  • CCS New Employee Orientation for two days of training for teachers 
  • Half-day and full-day medication trainings 
  • Full day BCBA (Milestones) training 
  • Crisis prevention training 
  • Mental health/guidance counselor planning and opt-in meeting 
  • Participation in IEP/eligibility meetings 
  • Participation in MEGA conference and mental health planning 
  • Attendance in professional development training for Head Start certified and non-certified employees 
  • Exploring Planetary Systems training 
  • Attendance in Science Foundational training for teachers 
  • Attendance in AMSTI 6-12 Foundational training for teachers 
  • Attendance in AMSTI K-5 Math Foundational training and K-5 Numbers Talk training 
  • Attendance in AMSTI K-2 Operations with Numbers: Base Ten training 
  • Attendance in AMSTI 3-5 Fractions with Operations training, Meaning of Tractions training and Exploring Multiplication and Division training 

The following consent agenda items were approved: 

  • July 2022 Head Start fiscal report 
  • Head Start Performance Progress Report (PPR) for ARP and CRRSA funds 
  • CHS baseball additional seating project funded by the CHS Baseball Boosters 
  • Amend Head Start salary schedule 
  • Head Start-Cullman City Child Development Center 2022-23 Continuation application 
  • CHS Choir and Theater to attend spring break trip to New York City March 27-30, 2023 
  • East Elementary students and teachers to attend Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville May 14-19, 2023 

The following items were approved to be salvaged: 

  • Outdated textbooks from Cullman Middle School 
  • 30 Grammar and Composition Handbook Glencoe Language Arts textbooks from CHS 
  • 30 Everyday Use: Rhetoric at Work in Reading and Writing Pearson Education textbooks from CHS 
  • 30 Language Composition textbooks Bedford/St. Martins from CHS 
  • Miscellaneous weight equipment from CHS 
  • Glencoe World Mythology textbooks from CHS 
  • Outdated textbooks from East Elementary 

The next called meeting for the first hearing of the school system’s budget will be Sept. 1 at 4 p.m. and will be followed by the next called budget hearing Sept. 8 at 4 p.m. The next regular board meeting will be held Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. All meetings will be at the central office. 

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