Clark contract among lengthy BOE agenda

Making up for a cancelled meeting in January, the Demopolis Board of Education approved a long list of personnel changes, overnight travel requests and budget amendments at its meeting Monday night.

Sales tax receipts through January are up $53,000 over the same period as the last fiscal year, CFO Evelyn James reported. “The Shop Demop campaign is working,” said superintendent Dr. Al Griffin of the strong holiday sales in the city.

James received approval for several budget amendments to include a number of grants and allocations received by the school system since the budget was approved in September.

Griffin presented two policy revisions to the DCS handbook, the first concerning the appointment of special committees by the school board instead of solely by the chairman, and the second changing the amount of cash that may be kept on hand at schools. The changes were approved unanimously.

Emily Tyler of the Department of Examiners of Public Accounts presented the audit of FY2013. The audit committee found two instances of non-compliances with state and local laws and regulations, which have since been corrected.

The board also approved another Memorandum of Understand with the Demopolis Police Department for the support of a second School Resource Officer to work with Westside and U.S. Jones Elementary schools. The MOU will be subject to annual renewal.

Because the January board meeting had been cancelled, Griffin chose the February meeting to deliver a resolution honoring members for School Board Member Month.

The board approved the following personnel recommendations:

  • Contract for Leon Clark.
  • Maternity leave for Ashley Brock and Meggin Mayben.
  • Resignation of Andi Turberville as DHS Cheerleader Coach at the end of the school year.
  • Accept Gear-Up Alabama recommendation of Julie Massey as Demopolis Middle School Team Leader, with Susan Browder as alternate.
  • Fleming Tartt as DHS tennis volunteer
  • Retirement of Mary Webb as WES bookkeeper.
  • Open WES bookkeeper position until filled with a 14-day minimum posting through March 2.
  • Modification of Family and Medical Leave for Andy Card
  • Resignation of Mike Randall for the Central Office Cleaning Supplement.
  • Reinstate Jennifer Roemen for the Central Office Cleaning Supplement.
  • Family and Medical Leave request for Andrea Johnson and Jeanette Rainey
  • Carl Christopher Bolden for DHS custodian.

Overnight travel was approved for the following:

  • The HOSA Club to attend the state competition in Montgomery, Feb. 26-27.
  • Junior Beta Club state convention in Birmingham, March 17-20.
  • Andi Turberville to attend ProStart training in Columbus, Miss., June 21-26 to be eligible to offer assessment and credential certification.
  • DHS Varsity Baseball team March 10 to Montgomery and March 31 Alex City for tournaments.
  • DHS Softball team for Feb. 20-21, Northside in Dothan; Feb. 27-28, Hillcrest; March 6-7, Citronell; March 13-14, Jackson; March 20 Washington County; March 29-April 1, Gulf Shores Tournament.

The next DCS board meeting will be Monday, March 16, at 5:15 p.m. in the board room.