‘We feel like there’s great things to come’

Cullman County Schools Superintendent Dr. Shane Barnette speaks at the school system’s annual Institute on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2023, at Northbrook Baptist Church. (Tiffany McKoy)

CCBOE hosts 2023 Institute

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman County Board of Education (CCBOE) on Thursday hosted its annual Institute to kick off the 2023-2024 school year. Held at Northbrook Baptist Church, the event saw  keynote speaker, author Andy Andrews, talk about the importance of decision-making in the best interest of students.  

The CCBOE Institute gathers faculty and administrators with the aim of setting standards for the upcoming year, discussing changes and fostering a sense of unity and appreciation. Teachers shared their plans and excitement for the year, expressing excitement about having students back in their classrooms.

“We are super excited about our new school year. We feel like we have the absolute best team we’ve ever assembled for our school district and today is just kicking that off,” stated Cullman County Schools Superintendent Dr. Shane Barnette, who said he is excited about the recently completed construction projects at Good Hope Middle School and Hanceville Elementary School and can’t wait for the children to start benefiting from the additions.

A special presentation was made to recognize Cold Springs High School for being named the Cullman County School of Excellence for the 2022-2023 school year. The school posting to it’s Facebook page Thursday afternoon: “At today’s Cullman County Schools Institute, Cold Springs High was awarded the Cullman County School of Excellence for the 2022-23 school year. Congratulations to our students, faculty, and staff on the accomplishment.”

Holly Pond K-8 School Assistant Principal Danny Weaver said about the importance of having the Institute, “You have one extreme of the county like Parkside to Cold Springs; they are so spread out. But when we see each other on a day like today, we’re all here for the same reason and we’re all one team, one family.”

“We’re super excited to get this school started and we feel like there’s great things to come,” added Barnette.

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