Roanoke City Schools Superintendent Chuck Marcum had much good news to share with board members during the meeting on Tuesday evening of last week.

Marcum highlighted some of the things going on within the school system, and in recognition of January being Board Member Appreciation Month, each school board member will have a book donated to the Handley Middle School Library in their honor.

Marcum commended the Handley JV boys' and girls' teams, B-team boys, Varsity Lady Tigers and Varsity Boys teams on their wins at the Randolph County Basketball Championship. Devontae Houston, a Handley senior was recognized for his recent commitment to play football with the University of Connecticut. Marcum also offered congratulations to Dr. Kim Hendon for her appointment to represent the State Board of Education District 2 on the Alabama Committee on Grade Level Reading. This committee plays and integral role in setting up guidelines for schools in the state.

In observance of Law Enforcement Day on Jan. 9, special thanks was given to Roanoke City School's resource officers, Sgt. Jamie Broome, Sgt. Bernard Dean and Sgt. Shawn Watkins for their role in keeping students and faculty safe.

Blake Gray and Bryce Tanner were mentioned at the meeting for their past philanthropy projects and for being spotlighted in the recent "Share the Good" campaign from the Alabama State Department of Education.

Handley High School also welcomed two well-known coaches last week. Both Coach Gus Malzahn of Auburn University and Coach Nick Saban of the University of Alabama visited to meet with and see Handley's own Dylan Brooks play. With all the wonderful things going on within the school system, "It's a great day to be a Handley Tiger!" stated Marcum.

In personnel news, Melissa Tripp's resignation was accepted as Handley High School's guidance counselor secretary, effective Jan. 7.

Zachary Hurst, Makayla Hooks, Debbie Waller and Kenya Foster were approved as substitute teachers. Ruby Seymour was approved as a lunchroom substitute, and Joe Minnifield was approved as a substitute bus driver. All new hires are contingent to an ABI and FBI background check clearance, and substitute bus driver additions are added pending the completion of a State of Alabama bus certification course, pre-placement drug testing and a current negative TB test.

The Board of Education broke into an executive session at the end of their meeting, but no vote was taken. The next meeting will be Feb. 25.

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