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WEDOWEE - After a work session last week and a couple of Zoom meetings, Randolph County Board of Education approved a redistricting plan at last Thursday's regular meeting.

The board had contracted with Alabama State University to help with the redistricting after the 2020 census.

Superintendent's report

Superintendent John Jacobs gave the following report to the board:

Horton Co. is going to every classroom and scanning to see about replacement of light fixtures and how many are needed to determine LED lighting needs. One classroom will be done and then board members and the superintendent will determine if this is what the county needs before spending a lot of money.

The air-condition/heating system at Wedowee Middle School will be updated as soon as possible. The plans are currently in Montgomery.

The work on the roof of the old gym at Randolph County High School has been completed. With the wood floor ruined, a rubber floor is being considered.

Bidding has been approved for additional work at RCHS and at Woodland, but it will be delayed. Jacobs said he talked to the contractor and materials are ordered, but delivery is not expected till January.

Personnel actions

Before approving the personnel action sheet, Superintendent Jacobs stated the county currently has advertised for 10 positions open, and they had received no applications. ÒI realize we are hiring some people tonight, but we still have several open positions and nobody wants to apply. We are reaching out and hoping we can get some interest to fill these positions," he said.

The open jobs are for bus drivers, bus shop maintenance, teachers and aides. Jacobs said, The job market not only here, but all around the country, is getting pretty hard.Ó

The board approved the following personnel actions:

  • The transfer of Audrey Ferguson, teacher aide at Wedowee Elementary School, to teacher aide at the Alternative Learning Center.
  • LaDonna Perkins as English learner teacher (EL) for the Randolph County School System.
  • The resignation of Joe McFarland, paraprofessional at WMS.
  • Shabria Swanson as special education aide at Wadley.
  • Rebecca Aderholt as teacher aide at Wedowee Elementary.
  • Hannah Prestridge as teacher aide at WMS.
  • The resignation of Keith Gosdin, Randolph County bus driver.
  • Brittany Allen as special education bus aide.
  • Ethridge Knight as custodian at Wadley High School.
  • Douglas Sims as part-time custodian at RCHS
  • Emily Reese, LaDonna Perkins, Catherine Hart, Brittney Allen and Cherish Johnson as substitute teachers.
  • Emily Reese, Brittney Allen and Cherish Johnson as substitutes for support personnel.

In other business, the board:

  • Elected Cindy Strain to serve another year as board chairman.
  • Elected Cindy Head to serve another year as board vice-chairman.
  • Approved a contract with Celsa Stallworth to provide tutoring and translation services at a rate of $20 per hour.
  • Approved a contract with Jessica Emery Hand to provide services of a school nurse at a rate of $140 per day or $70 per half day.
  • Approved the following nominees for the English-Language Arts Textbook Adoption Committee: Jennifer Braden-coordinator, Brance Taylor, Deannia George, Shalyn Strain, Brandy Pike, Carla Hale, Shannon Clark, Lisa Whelan, Kayla Peavy, Kandi Smith, Tammy Strain, Carol White, Kim Anglin, Misty Rochester, Dena Arrington, Stephanie Hill, Mike Lewis, Noelle McCain, Teresa Adams, Nicole Gowens and Mel Richardson.

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