WEDOWEE - At last Thursday's Randolph County Board of Education meeting, the board adjusted the pay rate for substitute teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The current rate for substitute teachers is $55 per day, but board members agreed the pay needed to be increased with the list of substitute teachers growing smaller due to the pandemic. The board agreed to pay substitute teachers $65 per day and $75 per day for retired and certified teachers.

In a related matter, the board approved a $15 a day supplement to full-time custodians and $7.50 per day for half-time custodians during the pandemic for additional work that will need to be done in disinfecting the buildings.

Board member Darrell Hardin said the pay increases need to be more. Board member John Hall said that's probably the best they can do right now, but they do need to make a good faith effort for teachers and custodians.

Superintendent's report

In his report, Superintendent John Jacobs informed the board of the following:

During the school year 2020-2021, each county school must go through accreditation.

A contractor has visited Randolph County High School and the technical school and will visit the middle school about repairs to the roofs.

High school principals met just prior to the board meeting concerning fall athletic (football) events. "We had to start our meeting before they finished, so I don't know what they agreed on, but they will give me a complete report," Jacobs said. He noted the capacity of all facilities would be determined and only a certain number of tickets would be sold for the home team and the visitors. This is according to the health department. Full details will be released later.

Some 340 students total, which is about 17 percent of the schools' population, have chosen virtual learning as opposed to in-person learning.

Jacobs encouraged board members to participate in Leadership Randolph County.

Personnel actions

In personnel matters, the board:

  • Approved Donna Hines as substitute support personnel.
  • Approved the transfer of Joe McFarland from educational aide at Woodland to special education aide at Wedowee Middle School.
  • Accepted the resignation of Rodney Berryhill as custodian at Woodland.
  • Accepted the resignation of Scott Peavey, paraprofessional at Wadley.
  • Approved the transfer of Brady Phillips teacher at RCHS to physical education teacher at Wedowee Elementary.
  • Approved Tyson Armstrong as custodian at Woodland.
  • Approved Dawn Hall as elementary teacher at Wedowee Middle School.
  • Approved Chasity Marable and Mary Turner as ELA intervention auxiliary teachers at Wedowee Elementary.

In other business, the board:

  • Approved the five-year capital plan for building and facility improvements and construction as required by the state.
  • Approved the amended 2020-2021 school calendar.
  • Approved the security services contract with the Town of Wadley, Town of Wedowee and Randolph County Sheriff's Department for the 2020-2021 school year. The contract was approved for 8 hours per day anytime there are students or faculty on campus.
  • Approved RA-LIN for construction/program management services for construction projects associated with capital projects designed and built with state bond issued revenues.

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