BOE approves diploma endorsements, sets meeting to fill principal role in short meeting Monday

Several teachers were recognized by the board during Monday's meeting. (WAW | Jan McDonald)

Several teachers were recognized by the board during Monday’s meeting. (WAW | Jan McDonald)

In a 15-minute meeting Monday, the Demopolis City Schools Board of Education approved the revised high school diploma endorsements introduced at the November meeting.

The endorsements will go into effect next fall for entering freshmen.

The proposal will provide for four endorsements for students who wish to complete more than the minimum requirements for an Alabama High School Diploma. They are Advanced Placement, Advanced, Advanced Career Tech and Career Tech.

The board recognized a Teacher of the Year from each campus. After further criteria are examined, an elementary and an upper grades teacher will be selected to represent Demopolis schools in Montgomery.

Honored were Gabrielle McVay, Westside Elementary kindergarten teacher; Patricia Bolden, 5th grade teacher from U.S. Jones Elementary; Susan Browder, Demopolis Middle 6th grade math teacher, and Jay Russell, English and creative writing teacher at Demopolis High.

In personnel action the board approved:

  • The resignation of Chris Tangle as principal of DHS effective Dec. 31.
  • Termination of Stacy Jones, WES lunchroom worker
  • Conditional employment of Kaley McManus, special education teacher at USJ
  • Michael Anthony McClain, substitute license.
  • Maternity leave for Addy Card Feb. 20-April 3, 2017.
  • Leave of absence and doctor update requested from Constance Cleveland will be unable to return to work.
  • Update from Barbara Wallace’s doctor on her possible return date.

The board approved overnight field trips for the DHS boys basketball team Dec. 20-22 to Birmingham, the DHS girls basketball team Dec. 27-29 to Birmingham, and the DHS HOSA Feb. 23-24 to Montgomery, the DHS boys basketball team.

Supt. Kyle Kallhoff set a called meeting of the board for 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 12, to consider the interim principal for DHS.