CCBOE recognizes sports teams

The Cold Springs Cross Country team was recognized for its outstanding performance. (Cullman County Schools)

CULLMAN, Ala. – At its monthly meeting, the Cullman County Board of Education recognized two of its athletic teams. Good Hope High School’s Girls’ Basketball team and Cold Springs High School’s Cross Country team; both of which had impressive seasons.

The GHHS Girls’ Basketball team was up first. The team recently won the first state title in the school’s history.

Superintendent Dr. Shane Barnette said, “We have enjoyed watching you and keeping up with you all and we look forward to all you’re going to do – especially you seniors, what you’re going to accomplish after high school. You’ve set the bar really high for next year’s group, so they’re going to have to start working really hard.” Laughing, he added,  “No pressure, coaches.”

Head Coach Justin Aby spoke to the board, but directed his words at the girls when he listed their accomplishments.

Aby said, “We have a special group of girls; they’ve put in the time and the effort and everything they’ve needed to do to bring home a state championship for Good Hope.”

CSHS Cross Country Coach Casey Howell talked about the team’s state championship win last fall. The girls won six meets and the boys won four, including county sectionals and the state championship.

“We had 11 girls and guys make All-County,” Howell said. “We had nine people make All-Sectional. We had six people make All-State.”

A majority of the team will be back before the CCBOE in a matter of weeks to receive recognition for another accomplishment.

According to Barnette, “They will be back in a month or so to receive recognition as the Indoor Track State Champions, which is a lot of these same students.”

In other business, the board:

  • Recognized the following individuals with the E5 Exceptional Award, for dedicated service to the school system and its students:
  • Connie Hill- Volunteer Cold Springs Elementary
  • Jeri Beasley- Aide Good Hope Middle School
  • Jamie Johnson- Teacher Vinemont Schools
  • Christi Hambry- Bookkeeper West Point Middle
  • Approved the following resignation:
  • Karen Henderson
  • Alicia Powe
  • Beverly Whitlock
  • Raymond Briscoe
  • Stephanie Hood
  • Debra Howard
  • Theresa Benefield
  • Sherry Edmonson
  • Donna Sellers
  • Keith Kugler
  • Robert Cogle
  • Douglas Webb
  • Amber Thornton
  • Sonia Eady
  • Cynthia Thompson
  • Approved the following leaves of absence:
  • Timmy Calvert
  • Karen Henderson
  • Raeven Aby
  • Catherint Flynt
  • Summer Moon
  • Christy Chappell
  • Approved Taylor Hamm for transfer to Cold Springs High School
  • Approved the appointment of April Smith to Parkside School as a part-time intervention teacher
  • Approved the following substitutes:
  • Brian Mckenney
  • Rodney Hays
  • Rebecca Bell
  • Robert Amuso
  • Octavia Barnett
  • Tabitha Blaut
  • Paula Boggan
  • Velma Calvert
  • Bryson Fletcher
  • Candace Garner
  • Ansley Gregis
  • Haley Harris
  • Carol Herren
  • Alyssa Jacobs
  • Ryleigh Jones
  • Krista Livengood
  • Gracie McCombs
  • Elana McParlin
  • Emily Riddle
  • Wilma Shedd
  • Wendy Sinyard
  • Amillia Tucker
  • Brittany Waselewski
  • Lucille White
  • Tameki Whitfield
  • Leslie Williams
  • Mattie Wood
  • Jadyn Woodard
  • Tayloe Yeager
  • Carol Herren
  • Approved contract changes of:
  • Andrew Adams, Good Hope High School
  • Mandalyn Preiss, Vinemont High School
  • Taylor Oslin, Holly Pond High School
  • Emma Spitzer, Holly Pond High School
  • Approved the following non-faculty coaches for 2023-2024:
  • Rilee Henderson
  • Malcom Carter
  • Taylor Oslin
  • Emma Spitzer
  • Dexter Wood
  • Brad Drummond
  • Kanaan Sutter
  • Approved request from Cold Springs High School to pay Kinley Nunn $1,000 for assisting with Varsity Girls’ Volleyball
  • Approved request from Fairview Middle School to pay Lakrishia Hailey $600 for assisting with the Middle School Volleyball team during the 2023 season
  • Approved request from Good Hope High School to pay Shelba Edge $25 for each varsity home baseball and softball game for working the gate for the 2024 season
  • Approval of request from Hanceville Middle School to pay Madalyn Brown and Madison Ballard $25 each for HVM Cheer Tryouts
  • Approval of request to offer a Districtwide Summer School for Credit Recovery in core subjects for students in grades six through 12 on June 10-21, 2024, from 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. each day at West Point High School and June 17-28, 2024, from 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. each day at Good Hope High School and approval of personnel
  • Personnel: Administrator $200 per day
  • Teacher $180 per day
  • Custodian $80 per day


-Justin Aby

-James Brown

-Lisa Holt

-Megan Stripling

-Jennifer James

-Chelsea Thurman

-Noah Holder

-Gregory Thomas

-Andrew Adams

-Nathan McCluskey

-Elizabeth Taylor

       West Point High School – June 10-21, 2024, from 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. each day

  • Administrator $200 per day: Shannon Anderson
  • Custodian $80 per day: Robin Shikle
  • Teachers $180 per day:


-Scotty Cofer

-Kimberly Kanaday

-Cari Oliver

-Joquetta Posey

-Sara Freeman

-Janie Parson

-Shaunna Aker

-Chelsie Alldredge

-Justin Cornelius

-Donald Lynn

-Nikki Jenkins

  • Approved the following schools to offer Summer Driver’s Education and approval of personnel
  • Good Hope High School, Mitchell Witcher
  • Holly Pond High School, James Brett Neal
  • Vinemont High School, Jason Techmiller
  • West Point High School, Don Farley
  • Approved Summer learning and reading camps for K through fifth grade schools from June 10- 28, from 8 a.m.- 1 p.m.
  • Approved 2023-2024 After-Hours programs and personnel
  • Welti Elementary, $22 per hour, Heather Winger
  • Approved before and after school tutors to be paid $40 per hour
  • Holly Pond Elementary, Robert Kusz
  • Approved two out of state field trips for West Point High School’s Scholars Bowl team
  • June 5, 2024, to Reston, VA and May, 24, 2024, to Atlanta
  • Approved January 2024’s financial statements, bills and salaries
  • Approved request from Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce to use a Cullman County School Bus to transport Cullman Youth Leadership Students to Montgomery, Alabama -April 10th, 2024
  • Approved a request from Cullman County Extension Office to use a Cullman County School Bus to transport 4-H Students to Columbiana, Alabama for Summer 4H Camp – June 26-28, 2024
  • Approved request from the Transportation Department to provide transportation for “The friends of FCA” during the week of July 8-12, 2024
  • Approved request from the Transportation department to surplus and sell a 2014 Ford F150
  • Approved CATA sell or dispose of the following
  • 16” Cincinnati Shaper
  • Cincinnati Vertical M1 Mill
  • Cleereman Radial Dial
  • Standard Modem Lathe
  • Brown and Sharp Horizontal Mill
  • Approved the following Maintenance Department bids
  • West Point High School Multi-Purpose building/Wilcock LLC $1,499,995
  • Holly Pond Elementary, New Windows/ Bama Glass $47,100
  • Hanceville Elementary Cafeteria, Audio Equipment/ Holt AV $8,742.11
  • West Point High School Cafeteria, Audio Equipment/ Holt AV $13,772.25
  • CCBOE Work Truck/ Mitch Smith Chevrolet $49,500
  • West Point high School Cafeteria, Walk in Cooler/ BRESCO $101,474

During the Superintendent’s report, Barnette reminded everyone that spring break will be observed March 25-29, 2024.

The next CCBOE meeting will be held on Thursday, April 11. The work session begins at 3:30 p.m., with the meeting immediately following.

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