CCBOE: 99.3% of third graders reading at or above grade level

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The CCBOE held its monthly meeting on May 20, 2024. (Cheyenne Sharp)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman County Board of Education (CCBOE) at its monthly meeting Monday, May 20, heard a very positive update from Superintendent Dr. Shane Barnette regarding the systems’ third graders.

This school year is the first for the retention portion of the Alabama Literacy Act, which was passed in 2019. Essentially, third graders not reading at grade level by this August could be held back. According to Barnette, 705 students were tested, and 99.3% were assessed as reading at or above that level.

“That is absolutely incredible and I am super proud of them,” Barnette said. “They’ve worked hard; everyone has worked really hard and it shows.”

Barnette also shared that 31 students graduated from Wallace State Community College or completed their certificate or program before high school graduation through the system’s Dual Enrollment and Fast Track programs.

In other business, the CCBOE:

  • Approved the following resignations:
    • Reilly Hood
    • OL Kilgo
    • Johnny Whaley
    • Savannah Cofer
    • Carol Cline
    • Joyce Shannon
    • Canungnit Calvert
    • Amy Wallace
    • Keisha DeMuth
    • Christina May
    • Susan Peinhardt
    • Chesley Crider
    • Rodney Hays
    • Michael Mason
    • Dylan Young
    • Meghan Block
    • Pamela Evers
    • Lauren Harbison
    • Rubye Moore
    • Misty Taylor
    • Rebekah Bice
    • Angela Hughes
    • Kate Peek
    • Brittany Sams
    • Patricia Wright
    • Phillip Key
  • Approved the following Leave of Absences:
    • Joy Toll
    • Savannah Cofer
    • Taylor Brown
    • Tayler Borden
    • Allison Morgan
  • Approved the following transfers:
    • Lindsey Gardener
    • Makayla Burdette
    • Laney Looney
    • Jena Mayo
    • Jackson Jenkins
    • Sonja Duffel
    • Magan Grigsby
    • Lori Baggett
    • Sonja Shivers
    • Madalyn Brown
    • Bridget Whitehead
    • Sherry Gammon
  • Approved the following appointments:
    • Makenzie Hill
    • Tracy Thomas
    • Hannah Adams
    • Michelle Carpenter
    • Marigrace Dunn
    • Caitlin Boland
    • Kinslee Borden
    • Rebeka Pace
    • Austin Riddle
    • Charles Travis
    • Kevin McCravy
    • Harvey Moss
  • Approved the following substitutes:
    • Dona Allen
    • Stephanie Gllispe
    • Jan King
    • Tammy Newman
    • Kaylee Sweatmon
    • Beau Biondello
    • Kayla Blackmon
    • Paul Day
    • Macie Dyer
    • Jessica Elliot
    • Haley Everett
    • Kylie Gann
    • Regina Harvell
    • Lauren James
    • Anita Kilpatrick
    • McKenzie Roberson
    • Hannah Samples
    • Jimmy Stewart
    • Heather Twilley
    • Armanda Wagoner
  • Approved contract changes of the following personnel:
    • Heather Harper
    • Lakisha Lovett
  • Approved the following non-faculty coaches:
    • Jody Maddox
    • Dylan Earnest
    • Ethan Cofer
  • Approved the following summer workers:
    • Taylor Reese Coffey
    • Jacob Evan Dye
    • Lillie Anne McCluskey
    • Ethan Gus McKenney
    • Noah James Page
    • Christopher Eason Putman
    • Emerson Scott Schaefer
    • James-Edward Thomas Swann
    • Jackson Andrew Jenkins
    • Matthew Damon McCulloch
  • Approved the contract extensions for Summer 2024 for the following:
    • Christie M. Dye
    • Marla Ayer’s
    • Rebecca Glaze
    • Shane Glaze
    • Kristy Salazar
    • Lisa Zehr
  • The Cullman County Child Development Center Summer session will be June 11-13, June 25-27, July 9-11 and July 16-18, from 8:45 a.m. until 12:15 p.m.
  • Approved personnel:
    • Whitney Cole
    • Melanie Collier
    • Kimberley Breanna Baggett
    • Sherry Green
    • Linda Robertson
    • Rebecca Kirk
    • Stephanie Tankersley
  • Approved to pay Dr. Johnny Whaley for up to five unused Annual Leave board policy
  • Approved request from Good Hope Primary School to pay Rachael Anderson $1,500 for stripping and waxing school floors, paid by local school funds
  • Approved request from Vinemont High School to pay Preston Boyd $600, Lance Lay $600, and Kerry Thompson $400 for refinishing gym floors, paid by local school funds
  • Approved request from West Point High School to pay Shannon Anderson $2,500 for after-school spring duties, paid by local school funds
  • Approved request from West Point High School to pay Meagan Cagle $500 for volleyball tryouts and spring clinic, paid by local school funds
  • Approved request to pay CCBOE psychometrists and teachers their current hourly rate for completion of testing and completion of IEPs during the summer as needed, paid for by local funds
  • Approved Summer Learning and Reading Camps for K-5th grade schools on June 10-June 28, 2024, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. paid by ESSER (Additional Professional Development dates will be included.)
  • Approved request from CNP to operate the Summer Feedinf Program at Cold Springs, Fairview, Good Hope High, Hanceville Elementary, Harmony, Holly Pond. Parkside, Vinemont, Welti, and West Point from June 10-28.
  • Approved the following employees to work the Summer Feeding Program to be paid their current hourly rate plus an additional $2 per hour, to be paid by CNP Funds:
  • Tracy Armstrong
    • Amy Collins
    • Candace Kn
    • Tracy Bailey
    • Sylvia Edmondson
    • Wendy Mar
    • Cameron Baker
    • Donna Freeman
    • Brenda May
    • Tonya Ballenger
    • Sherry Gammon
    • Kerrie McC
    • Rhonda Bates
    • Tiffany Garrison
    • Karen Merr
    • Jane Bullitt
    • Janet Gaston
    • Ashley Mill
    • Sonia Burgess
    • Christa Hale
    • Sheila Mor
    • Michelle Campbell
    • Toni Jankowski
    • Jennifer Na
    • Nora Campbell
    • Amber Jones
    • Misty Pears
    • Amanda Carter
    • Bethany Jones
    • Leah Ransom
    • Virginia Rhoades
    • April Rusk
    • Allison Shikles
    • Jamie Taylor
    • Tammy Thompson
    • Monica Turner
    • Jessica Vest
    • Tracie White

CCBOE CNP Substitutes will work as needed and be paid a rate of $85 per day

  • Approved the following out of state field trip requests:
    • Fairview High School to Louisville, KY, May 8-9, 2024, National Championship Archery Tournament
    • West Point High School to Reston, VA, June 5, 2024, NASP Archery
    • Good Hope Middle School to Louisville, KY, May 8-9, 2024, National Championship Archery Tournament
    • West Point High School to Reston, VA, June 5, 2024, National Tournament Scholars Bowl
  • Approved March 2024 financial statements, bills and salaries totaling to $12,161997.44
  • Approved agreement with ClassWallet for Teacher Instructional Supply funds for FY2025
  • Approved to move commercial card accounts from PNC to Peoples Bank
  • ApprovedHolly Pond High School to move bank accounts from Peoples Bank of Alabama to Traditions Bank
  • Approved Budget Amendment FY24 #1
  • Approved the request to change order #1 for Child Development Center Mechanical Upgrades, deduct $30,072.02
  • Approved the following for the Financial Literacy Textbook Adoption Committee and the Career Technical Textbooks Adoption Committee:
    • Samantha Bryson
    • Tiffany Benefield
    • Payton Sandlin
    • Jena Mayo
    • Leah Drauch
    • Timmy Calvert
    • Keith Rice
    • Amie Veal
  • Approved request from the Child Nutrition Department for Kerrie McCluskey to attend the Team Nutrition Academy workshop June 3-7, funded by CNP and to be reimbursed by ALSDE Child Nutrition Program
  • Approved request from the Child Nutrition Department for Donna Freeman, Misty Pearson, Allison Shikle and Candice Knowels to attend the New Managers workshop July 9-10, funded by CNP

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