CCBOE recognizes Holly Pond FFA students, teachers

Holly Pond FFA students were recognized at the CCBOE meeting Nov. 17, 2022, for their accomplishments at the FFA Steer Event at the North Alabama State Fair (Sara Gladney for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman County Board of Education (CCBOE) recognized several faculty members, students and family members during their meeting on Thursday, Nov. 17.  

They included the E5 Exceptional awards: 

  • Randy Burks, a Holly Pond parent who Superintendent Shane Barnette recognized for hosting a weekly radio show, Holly Pond Broncos Around the Pond, which features positive news from the school. 
  • Brian Sharp, a Hanceville parent who Dr. Barnette called a “de facto employee” for his efforts volunteering around the school. He has fixed chain link fences, built the girls’ softball team a locker room, hung senior banners, built a walkway to the new mobile unit, cleaned the entire stadium with his family after five home football games and many more jobs.   
  • Sara Allen, Fairview Middle School teacher, who ensures her students master science and life skills. “She makes each student feel cared for. Her lessons are engaging and allow students to think outside the box. She teaches students how to communicate with others and how to make others feel welcome,” said Barnette. She creates intervention resources for students to master science skills and posts videos of labs online for students who are absent. 

Shannon Bridges, Vinemont High School teacher, was also recognized for attending the Society for Science High School Research Teachers Conference bringing research teachers together to share best practices and learn more about The Society for Science. 200 teachers were picked across the country to attend with only three coming from Alabama. They discussed ways to motivate students to find their passion in science fields.  

Holly Pond Future Farmers of America (FFA) students were recognized for their accomplishments at the FFA Steer Event at the North Alabama State Fair.  

  • Rex Harrison- Champion of the AOB Continental Heifer competition, won 4th Overall Breeding Heifer, 3rd place Senior Premier Exhibitor 
  • Evan Roden- Champion Maine-Anjou Heifer, 5th Overall Breeding Heifer, 5th Overall Senior Showmanship; Ewe- Reserve Champion, Senior Showman 4th Overall Senior Supreme Competitor, Reserve Champion Commerical Ewe, Grand Champion Purebred Ewe, and Middle Weight Reserve Champion Market Lamb and elected as Vice President of the Alabama Junior Lamb Board 
  • Ethan Tapscott – Class Winner Shorthorn Division, Reserve Supreme Senior Competitor 
  • Ty Harrison- Class Winner AOB Division 
  • Mattie Wood- Grand Champion Market Goat, 3rd in Senior Showmanship and 3rd Supreme Competitor 

The following monetary requests were approved: 

  • Request from Fairview High School to pay Tracy Means $2,500 for assisting with all volleyball programs, paid by Fairview High School Volleyball Boosters 
  • Request from Vinemont High School (VHS) to pay Roy Todd Johnson $1,500 for 2022-2023 Athletic Director duties associated with winter/spring sports, paid by local school funds 
  • Request from VHS to pay the following coaches for extra work with the varsity football program during the 2022 summer season, paid by Vinemont High School Football 
  • Anthony Pace- $500 
  • David Stokes- $750 
  • Phillip Stephen Robinson- $750 
  • Michael Williams- $300 
  • Robert Erik Runge- $500 
  • Request from VHSl to pay Crystal Mayo $900 for working the volleyball concession stand, paid by Vinemont Volleyball funds. 
  • Request from West Point Middle School to pay Joshua Davis $1,200 for 2022-2023 Athletic Director extra duties. 
  • Request from West Point Middle to pay the following coaches for extra duties for the 2022-2023 season, paid by local school funds 
  • Tyler Morgan- $500 
  • Paul Quattlebaum – $500 
  • William Tidwell- $1,000. 
  • 2022-2023 Afterhours Program and Personnel (personnel paid by local school funds) 
  •  Welti Elementary ($22 per hour) 
  • Stefanie Bagwell and Averie Harris (sub). 
  • Request from the Child Nutrition Program for Melanie Lee (Vinemont) and Diana Sims (West Point Middle) to work the At-Risk program as needed per hourly rate of pay, paid by CNP CACFP funds.  

In other business, the board approved the following: 

  • Four out of state field trip requests 
  • Good Hope High School Cheerleaders will travel to Jackson, MS for the UCA Cheer Competition for Nationals on Dec. 3 
  • Holly Pond High Cheerleaders will travel to Gatlinburg, TN for the UCA Cheer Competition for Nationals on Dec. 3 and 4 
  • Good Hope High Cheerleaders will travel to Orlando, FL for Nationals Competition on Feb. 10  
  • Fairview High Varsity Boys Basketball team will travel to Pigeon Forge, TN for a Basketball Tournament on Dec. 27. 
  • A new checking account for Fairview Middle School 
  • Request from the Cullman County Education Support Professionals for two days leave for their elected delegates to attend the 2022 AEA Delegate Assembly in Montgomery on Dec. 1-3 and ½ day substitutes on Thursday to be paid by the general fund.  
  • The organization of the Commission. November is the delegated time for election of officers of the Cullman County Commission on Education. The board accepted nominations for the 2022-2023 Board President and Vice President. Elected were Kenny Brockman as Board President and Gene Sullins as Vice President. The swearing in ceremony will be in January. 

Superintendent Barnette reported the following: 

  • On Friday, Nov. 18, the 2nd 9 weeks progress reports go home. 
  • Nov. 21st– 25th is Thanksgiving Break. 12-month employees will work Monday and Tuesday.  

The personnel report for CCBOE was voted on and will be released at a later date. 

The next board meeting will be held Thursday, Dec. 15 at the Central Office with the work session beginning at 3:30 p.m. and regular meeting following.  

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