County schools get new school buses; board recognizes Cold Springs FCCLA

FCCLA Advisor Stephanie Blair, Savannah Bischoff, Ellanora Slusser, Sophia Slusser and Cullman County Schools Superintendent Dr. Shane Barnette (Tiffany McKoy)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman County Board of Education (CCBOE) at its regular board meeting Thursday afternoon, talked about the system’s new school buses and recognized the Cold Springs High School  Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).

The system purchased 51 new school buses with air conditioning. Superintendent Dr. Shane Barnette said half of the new buses are in Birmingham, getting finishing touches; 26 will be on the road within two weeks and the remaining 25 will be delivered this fall.

According to Barnette, the decision to buy the new school buses was made because it was more cost efficient to buy new ones than to retrofit the system’s current ones with air conditioning.

The board recognized the achievements of the Cold Springs High School FCCLA, which competed at the 2023 National Leadership Conference held in Denver, Colorado, July 2-6. Ellanora Slusser won gold in Fashion Design, level 3; Savannah Bischoff competed in level 2 and won second place overall. Sophia Slusser won silver in Chapter Project Review. The group also won several state awards back in March. (See

Of the beginning of the new school year this month, Barnette said, “We have had a really smooth start.”

The board approved the following agenda items:

  • Request from Fairview High School to pay the following coaches for summer workouts, paid by FHS Quarterback Club: Logan Baird – $320, Clay Morrison – $300,         Brian Simmons – $1,000, David Carrell – $200, Cody Rasco – $200 and Jonathan Steadman – $280
  • Request from Fairview High School to pay George Redding $2,200 for maintenance and mowing fields, paid by FHS Quarterback Club
  • Request from Hanceville High School to pay Ryan Brewer $1,500 for 2023-2024 Athletic Director, paid by local school funds
  • Request from Hanceville High School to pay Michael Chandler $1,200 for baseball field maintenance, paid by local school funds
  • Request from Vinemont High School to pay James Brown $450 for refinishing the gym floor, paid by local school funds
  • Request from Vinemont Middle School to pay Michael Williams $1,500 for 2023-2024 Athletic Director, paid by local school funds
  • Request from Parkside to sell a 2001 GMC 1500 (Model #1GTEC19T51Z169525) and a cub cadet super z mower
  • Change order no. 4 for West Point Cafeteria Project: Existing conditions have existing roof girt attached to tectum deck with nothing solid to support new deck. Contractor to add light-gauge studs between existing retrofit roof framing members to support a continuous bent plate. The continuous bent plate is to support the deck – Increase $5,531.15
  • 2023-2024 Afterhours Programs and Personnel (personnel paid by local school funds):
    • Cold Springs Elementary (Teachers $20 per hour/Subs $15 per hour) Teachers: Carrie Bookout, Kimberly Bookout and Judy Isbell Subs – Any CSE Teacher
    • Fairview Elementary – Lead Teacher $25 per hour: Allison Gregory- Teachers $20 per hour: Savanna Dutton, Christina Lindsey, and Michele Robertson – Subs $20 per hours: Dana Bailey, Felicia Chambers, Pamela Draper, Regina Hallmark, Angela Kee, Tamatha McCutcheon, Bryant Roberts, Samantha Walker and any CCBOE Substitute Teacher
    • Holly Pond K-8 (Teachers $20 per hour/Subs $15 per hour) Teachers – Joella Link, Abbey Wren or any HP K-8 Teacher Subs – Any CCBOE Substitute Teacher
    • Parkside – Lead Teacher $25 per hour: Kristy Salazar – Teachers $20 per hour: Kendra Dowski, Kathy Gorham and Jeffrey Greer
    • Welti Elementary – Lead Teacher $25 per hour: Krystal Ayers – Teachers $22 per hour: Stefanie Bagwell, Margaret Barnett, Elizabeth Brock, Katara Davidson, Hollie Gutierrez, Averie Harris, Jennifer Hays, Lauren Mahler, Denise Manord, Ginger Moore, Meaghen Oakley, Brian O’Rear, Anna Parker, Chassidy Pennington, Teri Pitts, Kimberleigh Sherrell and Hannah Tolbert

West Point Elementary ($25 per hour) – Wanda Bennefield, Nora Campbell, Freda Coleman and Julie Thrower / Subs: Jacklyn Keller and Hannah Shaddix

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