City school board recognizes student, teacher achievements

Cullman City Schools Technology Coordinator Michael Fowlkes, Board of Education Vice President Amy Carter, West Elementary School Principal Jay Page, East Elementary School Principal David Wiggins, Cullman City Schools Technology Integration Specialist Misty Waldrop and Cullman City Schools Superintendent Kyle Kallhoff are pictured with local Governor’s App Challenge winners Finley Flail, Madison McCrary, Reagan Lathem and Graham Lee. (Amy Leonard for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman City School Board honored several students and teachers at its monthly meeting Tuesday at Cullman Middle School. 

West Elementary School sixth grader Lucy Williamson was recognized as the runner-up at the Cullman County Spelling Bee, which was held Feb. 6. 

The school and district winners of the Governor’s App Challenge were announced. The statewide challenge calls for students to develop and code their own apps that will be meaningful and productive to the community.  

Cullman City Schools Technology Coordinator Michael Fowlkes described the challenge as “a statewide computer programming competition for Alabama students. The goal of the challenge is to allow our students to gain recognition for their mastery and application of computer science programming and design.” 

School winners were East Elementary fifth grader Graham Lee and fourth grader Reagan Lathem. The district winners were West Elementary second grader Madison McCrary and sixth grader Finley Flail. The district winners’ apps will be submitted to the state level competition. 

Ben Stidham was recognized as the Cullman Middle School Student of the Month. Cullman City Schools Superintendent Kyle Kallhoff said of Stidham, “He deserves recognition for his hard work and his dedication to his studies. He has consistently demonstrated strong work ethic, a positive attitude and a passion for learning.” 

Alisha Eaton was named Support Person of the Month, and math teacher Michael Crocker was named Teacher of the Month.  

The following teachers have received their National Board Certification: 

  • Amanda Stidham Literacy: Reading-Language Arts, Early and Middle Childhood  

Cullman City Primary School 

  • Hilary Nix Library Media: Early Childhood through Young Adulthood 

Cullman City Primary School 

  • Susan Boyd Library Media: Early Childhood through Young Adulthood  

Cullman High School 

The following action items were approved: 

  • Adoption of 2023-2024 Academic Calendar 
  • Approval of the entire state-approved textbook list 
  • Homebound Contract with Stacie Owen from Feb. 14- Sept. 30 
  • Approval to Reject Bid #23-03 for Custodial Services at Cullman High School 
  • Approval to Accept Bid #23-04 for Lawn Maintenance Services at Cullman High School 
  • Contract with Cornelius Energy Solutions for Commissioning Services for CCPS Additions and Renovations  
  • Contract with Dewberry Engineers Inc. for Commissioning Services for CMS Additions and Renovations 
  • Head Start items: 
  • New Policy PO-HP14 COVID-19 Mitigation Policy 
  • COVID-19 Mitigation Plan 
  • Contract with Holly Abbott to provide Community Assessment Services from Feb. 14-May 23 
  • Child Development Clinical Agreement with Wallace State Community College, effective Jan. 17, 2023 
  • Occupancy Agreement with Cullman City Schools from Aug. 1, 2023 -July 31, 2024 
  • LEA Interagency Agreement with Cullman City Board of Education for the 2023-2024 school year 
  • Breakfast/Lunch Agreement with Cullman City Primary School from Aug. 1, 2023-May 31, 2024 
  • Community Partnership Agreement with the following agencies: 
  • Curt’s Closet 
  • Good Samaritan Health Clinic 
  • Victim Services 
  • Cullman Caring for Kids 
  • Cullman County Department of Human Resources 
  • Cullman Housing Authority 
  • North Alabama Agriplex  
  • United Way of Cullman County 
  • The Link of Cullman County 
  • Brooks’ Place (Child Advocacy Center) 
  • Cullman Parks, Recreation & Sports Tourism  

The following consent agenda items were approved: 

  • Salvage a Dell projector at Cullman City Primary School 
  • Permission for Cullman High School junior varsity and varsity cheerleaders to attend national competition in Orlando, Feb. 9-14 
  • Permission for Cullman High School varsity baseball team to attend IMG Tournament in Bradenton, Florida March 27-31 

The following resignations were approved: 

  • Kayla Walsh Child Nutrition Program Manager at Cullman Middle School 
  • Keisha Harris Temporary General Education Teacher at East Elementary School 
  • Breanna Turner Dance Team Coach at Cullman High School 

The following conditional employments were approved: 

  • Daniel Stiff Physical Education Teacher at Cullman City Schools 
  • Katherine Jackson School Day Tutor at Cullman City Primary School 
  • Hope Bowen Special Education Instructional Assistant at Cullman City Schools  
  • Diane Culpepper Temporary School Counselor at Cullman Middle School 
  • Jennifer Flores Long-term Substitute General Education Teacher to fill FMLA 
  • Kimberly McNutt Long-term Substitute General Education Teacher 

The following coach was approved: 

  • Nick Gentry Community Football Coach  


  • LaQuita Dixon Intermittent FMLA  
  • Gina Nix Intermittent FMLA  
  • Susan Boyd FMLA  

The next regular board meeting will be March 21 at Cullman High School. The meeting begins at 5 p.m.