First day of work for Kallhoff; BOE announces budget hearings


From left, new DCS superintendent Kyle Kallhoff, interim superintendent Dr. Frank Costanzo, and BOE member Jim Stanford. (Photo by Jan McDonald)

New superintendent Kyle Kallhoff ended his first full day on the job Monday attending the Demopolis City Schools Board of Education meeting.

Kallhoff started off his announcements by saying how excited he is to be in Demopolis and how much he and his wife appreciate the number of people who have reached out to them with offers to help them transition to a new community.

He also said the board did an excellent job is selecting Dr. Frank Costanzo as the interim superintendent.

Kallhoff said the school system as of Friday had an enrollment of 2,236: 495 at Westside Elementary; 504, U.S. Jones Elementary; 502, Demopolis Middle School, and 735, Demopolis High School.

Emily Tyler with the Examiner of Public Accounts presented the FY 2014 audit report. Only a few minor matters were found, and suggestions have been made to remedy the problems. CFO Evelyn James said the deficiencies already have been addressed.

The board approved the following contracts:

  • Straitline Fence, LLC, for $10,276, for security fencing at the back of the stadium parking lot at DHS for system-owned buses.
  • King and Spencer Painting, for $26,438, for painting windows, doors and an interior hall at DHS.
  • Wyatt Painting, $29,500, for painting classrooms and some exterior work at USJ.
  • Johnson Outdoor Cleaning, a total of $16,950, to pressure wash all four campuses.

Kallhoff announced the following personnel changes:

  • Charles Jones, DHS Industrial Maintenance teacher, promotion from a nine-month to a 10-month contract.
  • Resignation of Stephanie Foster, USJ special education teacher.
  • Hiring Jackie Tripp as sixth grade math teacher at DMS.
  • Hiring Dale Acker, DHS welding teacher, on a 10-month contract.
  • Maternity leave for Jessica Dial, Central Office secretary, Nov. 23-Feb. 15, 2016.
  • Hiring Traci Spiller as DMS bookkeeper.
  • Hiring Ana Martinez, bilingual instruction aide.

Kallhoff announced budget hearings for FY 2016 will be held at 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, with a called meeting of the board to adopt the budget immediately following the second session.