WEDOWEE - At last week's Randolph County School Board meeting the board elected new leadership.

Current Chairman Billy Lane will not return to the board for another term and will be replaced on the board by Raymond Hare.

In a secret ballot vote, the board elected Cindy Strain as the new chairman and Cindy Head as the new vice-chairman. Lane said he appreciates the board and the opportunity to work with them. Superintendent John Jacobs presented Lane with an award of appreciation for his service. Lane served on the board for six years with five years as chairman.

Superintendent's report

In his superintendent's report, Jacobs stated a weekly report is being sent to the local newspaper on the statistics for COVID-19 cases in the county schools. On a related note, he said purifiers and filters are being installed in the schools.

Jacobs told the board an application for a grant to purchase more new school buses had been submitted. He said, "We were successful last year, and it looks promising this year. This will replace and update all of the county's buses."

The superintendent said State Sen. Randy Price had given a check to the county schools to be distributed to the bands at Woodland, Randolph County and Wadley, the athletic programs at the three schools and the robotics program at Wadley.

Jacobs said there was some widespread damage to Woodland and the vocational school from Tropical Storm Zeta.

In closing, Jacobs congratulated all county schools and Handley for making the football playoffs.

Jacobs did add to keep board member Jimmy McCain in prayer. McCain was seriously injured in a fall at his home a few weeks back.

Personnel actions

  • Accepted the resignation due to retirement of Barbara Wynn as English teacher at RCHS effective Jan. 1.
  • Accepted the resignation of Lisa Mitchell as head cook at Wadley effective Jan. 1.
  • Approved Chasity Marable as a substitute teacher and substitute for support personnel.
  • Approved a contract with Mary Kate Camp to provide mentor services to educators at a rate of $250 per semester.

Other business

  • Heard a follow-up presentation from Schneider Electric on energy saving measures at all county schools. Energy savings could be up to $134,000 a year, and it would improve safety and security.
  • Received a financial report, which shows a month surplus remaining in the budget.

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