Cullman City School Board recognizes art students; Orr stepping down to join Chamber of Commerce

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L-R: CCS Board Member Chris Branham, CHS Fine Arts instructor Elizabeth Miller, Cullman High School’s Delanie Stracener and Elianna Hollis and CCS Superintendent Kyle Kallhoff. (Nick Griffin/The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman City School Board held its June meeting at the City Schools Central Office Tuesday morning and to kick things off, the board recognized three Cullman High School students, two of which were present, for their impressive showings in this year’s Fourth Congressional District Art Competition. Betzy Silva placed third in the Photography Category while Delanie Stracener finished second and in the Drawing Category, Elianna Hollis brought home first place, earning a presidential scholarship from Wallace State for winning her category.

After hearing a financial report, the Board approved the contract of incoming East Elementary School Principal Melanie Harris and moved on to this month’s action and agenda items.

Action Items

  1. Resolution Regarding Indemnity
  2. Student Code of Conduct Revisions
  3. Cullman Police Department SRO Memorandum of Understanding
  4. 2023-2024 Extracurricular Supplement Template
  5. University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Education Memorandum of Agreement for Clinical Experiences
  6. Contract with Susan Nesmith for PT EL Teacher from August 2, 2023 – May 24, 2024
  7. Preliminary Teams Contract (1 yr) for the following teachers: Madison Crenshaw, Kyle Morris, Donna Brunetti and Tiffani Schwaiger
  8. Advanced Teams Contract (1 yr) for the following teachers: Michael Crocker, Jonathan Brett Hazelrigs, Lauren Shelton, Elizabeth Pylant, Kelsey Williams, Aaron Avery
  9. Advanced Teams Contract (5 yr) for the following teacher: John Drake
  10. Contract with Tammie Dunkling to provide VI & SLP services from July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024
  11. Contract with Tammy Sargent to provide Psychometry services from July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024
  12. Contract with Mckenzie Kennedy to provide Speech and Language services from June 1, 2023 – July 312023
  13. Contract with Bobby Hill to provide Custodial services from May 29, 2023 – July 28, 2023
  14. Approval of revised Child Nutrition Program Coordinator job description
  15. Approval for a Career Technical Education Marketing position at Cullman High School
  16. Approval for a Career Technical Education Marketing position at Cullman Middle School and Cullman High School (193 CTE)
  17. Stipend for Erika Lee to attend Medication Recertification Training on July 26, 2023
  18. Stipend for Kayla Rogers to attend professional development training on June 20, 2023
  19. Mental Health Interagency Agreement between Cullman City Head Start and Cullman City Board of Education
  20. Approve the Revised 2023-2024 Cullman City Head Start Calendar
  21. Contract with Leslie Dawson to provide CNP Operations services from June 14, 2023 – July 17, 2023
  22. Contract with Sharon Drake to provide technology integration services from July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024
  23. Head Start 2023-2024 Grant Application/Budget
  24. Grant Application and Budget Justification including Program Operations, Training Technical Assistance, Non-Federal Share and Other Funding, Cost Allocation Plan, Selection Criteria
  25. Proposed FY2024 Salary Schedule
  26. Training and Technical Assistance Plan
  27. School Readiness Goals and Action Plan
  28. Self Assessment and Improvement Plan

Consent Agenda Items

  1. Permission for the Cullman Shooting Team Club to travel to the SCTP National Shooting Competition in Marengo, Ohio from July 7-13, 2023
  2. Permission to salvage technology equipment that has reached the end of life for operation and warranty purposes or non-operational
  3. Salvage inoperable gym curtain and old basketball goals in Bearcat Arena
  4. Head Start Items:
  5. Fiscal Report for May 2023
  6. Health/Nutrition/Disabilities/Enrollment Report for April 2023

After approving those items, Vice President Joey Orr officially announced her resignation from her position with Cullman City Schools and shared a letter with the rest of the board.

“Dear Cullman City School Board, it has been my honor and privilege to serve the students, parents, faculty and administration of Cullman City Schools for the last seven years. I have learned and grown alongside the students we support and represent. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the other board members that have served with me over the years, Suzanne Harbin, Lee Powell, Jason Neal. Chris Branham, Amy Carter and Cheryl Harrison. These are all very impressive people with many different backgrounds and interests, but a few common threads woven through them all. They all love kids, they all love the Lord and they all love Cullman.

I have also appreciated serving with both superintendents Dr. (Susan) Patterson and Mr. (Kyle) Kallhoff during my terms. Both superintendents have taken Cullman City Schools in a positive direction and have led with a servant’s heart. It is bittersweet to announce that I will be resigning my position of Place 1 on the Cullman City School Board effective June 30, 2023 and will also be resigning from position of Vice President of the Cullman City School Board effective immediately.

I am excited to take the position as the President of the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce. I feel God has opened this door for me at this time in my life and I’m ready to walk through it. Chamber President is a public position representing all of Cullman County and I want to dedicate my time to accomplish and exceed the goals of the Chamber. Therefore, I need to step away from the city school board to pursue this career.

Thank you for electing me to represent you seven years ago and then again three years ago. It has been an honor. Cullman City Schools are doing big things and will continue to do so. I promise to be a huge cheerleader for you all. Go Bearcats!”

Following Orr’s letter, superintendent Kyle Kallhoff presented a Resolution to the board recognizing Orr for her years of service with the Cullman City Board of Education.

The Cullman City School Board will hold its next regularly scheduled meeting at the Central Office Tuesday, July 18 at 8:30 a.m.

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