City school board recognizes students, employees

Cullman City Primary School student Kasseus Coleman and Principal Elizabeth Shaddix (Amy Leonard for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman City School Board on Tuesday evening recognized students and staff members.  

Two members of the Cullman High School Bass Fishing Team, Brody Hopper and Brady Vest, were recognized for earning second place in the 2022 Abu Garcia Bassmaster High School National Championship. Tyler Skinner, Cullman City Primary School (CCPS) music teacher, was named Teacher of the Month and sang for the board. M’Kori Johnson, CCPS secretary, was recognized as Support Staff of the Month. 

Superintendent Kyle Kalloff, CHS Fishing Sponsor Kyle Morris, CHS anglers Brody Hopper and Brady Vest, and board member Jason Neal (Amy Leonard for The Cullman Tribune) 

CCPS student extraordinaire Kasseus Coleman was lauded as Student of the Month for his grand achievements in kindergarten. The young student was unable to regularly attend Pre-K last year due to his health.  

Superintendent Kyle Kallhoff explained, “Kasseus is a kindergarten student in the Bunny class at Cullman City Primary School. He was born with sickle cell disease, which is a blood cancer that turns red blood cells into a sickle shape resulting in pain. The Coleman family moved to Cullman following the realization of the number of procedures and hospital visits Kasseus would undergo. His brother Azreal was a perfect match for his bone marrow transplant and was willing to donate bone marrow at a young age. At the time, Kasseus was in pre-k but had to miss throughout the year due to his health. Kasseus has undergone a bone marrow transplant and chemo and was able to start, at the beginning of the school year, in kindergarten at CCPS. Mrs. Marshall describes Kasseus as a precious student. She goes on to say that anyone who is around him loves him. He has already learned almost all of his letters and knows every sound. In addition, he knows his numbers. CCPS faculty and staff are thrilled that he has had a successful start to the school year and, according to his family, Kasseus has a light so bright inside of him. His mom would like to thank the prayer warrior family and friends and CCPS as a whole.” 

Lemoine Construction Management’s Brian McCarley provided an update on the ongoing capital improvement projects at CCPS and Cullman Middle School (CMS). Both projects are on budget and on schedule. 

The CCPS project has seen rough grading, concrete masonry unit (CMU) walls at the storm shelter, subbase, steel column on storm shelter, mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) underground rough-in and kitchen underground MEP rough-in completed. The metal roofing to the existing building is expected to be completed within the next month, and the storm shelter steel work should be installed within the next two weeks. The interior renovation is set to begin at the end of November where construction will include projects in the existing kitchen, cafeteria and library. The CCPS project is slated for completion on Jan. 4, 2024. 

At the CMS project, rough grading, curbs and gutter installation, paving on front parking lot, foundations on grade, MEP underground rough-in and the state of CMU walls have been completed. The ongoing work includes masonry block and ground installation. Upcoming work will be structural steel and core slab installations for the second floor expansion and MEP rough-in and installation. The project is scheduled for completion on Oct. 9, 2024. 

School board members were recognized for completing their Alabama Association School Board training. 

In other business, the following agenda items were approved:  

  • Approval of summer work paid to Lucas McCollum by Alabama Farmers Federation Grant for work performed from May 31, 2022 – Aug. 1, 2022 
  • Approval of stipend for various AMSTI science trainings  
  • Heather Carter 
  • Shelia Carlin 
  • Natalie Tielking 
  • Leann Evans 
  • Approval of stipend for Screen Printing Training – Judith McBrayer 
  • Approval of stipend for AMSTI 9-12 Number and Quantity Training – Tonia Broussand 
  • Approval of stipend for AMSTI 6-8 Algebra & Functions Part 1 Training – Kim Johnson 
  • Approval of stipend for AMSTI 6-8 Statistics Training – Michael Crocker 
  • Approval of stipend for AMSTI 6-12 Math Foundational Training – Madison Crenshaw 
  • Approval of stipend for AMSTI Proportional Reasoning Training – Jonathan “Brett” Hazelrigs 
  • Approval of stipend for WIDA ELD Standards Training – Susan Nesmith 
  • Approval of stipend for Summer Science and Social Studies Pacing Guide – Leeanna Smith 
  • Approval of stipend for Summer Reading and Math Pacing Guide  
  • Nicole Heptinstall 
  • Sarah Martin 
  • Pat Harrison 
  • Sheree Paris 
  • Kristen Brown 
  • Ashton Linder 
  • Pattie Britton 
  • Jennifer Hill 
  • Tamika Powell 
  • Jada Mitchell 
  • Lea Casey 
  • Hannah Hunt 
  • Approval of Contract with Kevin Wilson to provide Truancy Officer services  
  • Approval of Contract with Dorinda Steele to provide NBCT Meeting Supervisor  
  • Approval of Contract with Delories “Lois” Lay to provide clerical services 
  • Approval of Contract with Mary “Cindy” Stidham to provide custodial  
  • Approval of Contract with Sue Melvin to provide Homebound services  
  • Approval of Contract with Erica Ball to provide Homebound services  
  • Approval of Contract with Tammy Sargent to provide Achievement, Intellectual, and Developmental, and other evaluations  
  • Approval of Contract with Karla Rodriguez to provide Translating/Interpreting services  
  • Approval of Contract with The Learning Tree, Inc. to provide consultation services  
  • Approval of Contract with The Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind (AIDB) for interpreter services  
  • Approval of Contract with Brooks’ Place to provide services to CCS long-term alternative school, Turning Point  
  • Approval o1 Contract with Brooks’ Place to provide mental health services 
  • Approval of Contract with ENT Associates of Alabama, PC for Audiological services  
  • Independent Contractor Agreement with Imagine Applied Behavioral Analysis 
  • Contract with Behavioral Pediatric Institute of Alabama for school consultation and evaluations 
  • Interagency Agreement between Cullman City Schools and Family Support Services, LLC  
  • Contract with Rhithm to provide five access protocols for district administrators to Rhithm Insights  
  • Contract with Bridges Behavior Therapy and Consulting Agreement to provide behavior analytic services  
  • Contract with Beth Wooten to provide Auditory-Verbal Therapy  
  • Service Agreement between Milestones Behavior Group, Inc. and Cullman City Board of Education  
  • Contract with Brandi Outzen to provide clerical support services  
  • Cullman City Head Start Policy Council ByLaws 
  • Approval of the FY 2023 Title I Consolidated Plan 
  • Approval of the 2022-2023 EL District Plan 
  • Approval of the 2022-2023 Parent & Family Engagement Plan 
  • Approval of the 2022-2023 McKinney-Vento Homeless Plan 
  • ATBE GL/EO Liability Fund Renewal 
  • Cullman High School FCCLA club to attend the National FCCLA Cluster Meeting in Columbus, Ohio, November 10-13, 2022 
  • Surplus 25 out of date copies of “The Developing Child” textbook 
  • Head Start Financial Report for August 2022 
  • Head Start Health/Nutrition/Disabilities/Enrollment Report for August 2022 

The following resignations were accepted: 

  • Bella Wooten – Extended Day Instructional Assistant at Cullman City Primary School 
  • Bella Carroll – Extended Day Instructional Assistant at Cullman City Primary School 

The following transfer was accepted: 

  • Jorie Johnson – Child Nutrition Program Worker at Cullman City Primary School to Special Education Instructional Assistant at Cullman City Schools 

The following conditional employments were accepted: 

  • Karla King – Head Start Instructional Assistant  
  • Tonja Kay – Child Nutrition Program Worker  

The following supplements were approved: 

  • Tere Kelly – Yearbook Sponsor at West Elementary School 
  • Jennifer Tidwell – Technology Assistant at West Elementary School 
  • Caroline Burress – Webmaster at West Elementary School 
  • Robin Cook – Cross Country Assistant Coach at Cullman Middle School 
  • Caroline Lundsford – Golf Assistant 

The next regular school board meeting will be held at West Elementary School on Oct. 25 at 5 p.m.  

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