At their last meeting of the year last week, Roanoke School Board approved a bid for roofing projects at Handley High and Knight-Enloe Elementary schools.

The board received six bids on the project and accepted the bid from Alabama Roofing in Anniston in the amount of $495,000. The work will begin as soon as possible and will be completed soon, weather permitting. Superintendent Chuck Marcum said the projects are being paid for out of the state bond money approved this year.

Superintendent's report

The past few years, the Alabama High School Athletic Association has had four honorary captains from each participating school to go on the field for the coin toss. Handley decided in 2016 and 2020 to have one teacher to represent KES, one to represent Handley Middle School and two to represent HHS. At the game, Donna Nolan (KES), Mandy Greer (HMS) and Leslie Sieffert and Coach Courtney Strain Screws (HHS) were the captains. These four educators were great representatives for their colleagues and Roanoke City Schools.

Some $54,000 has been donated to purchase state championship rings and memorabilia. The goal was set at $40,000 and Marcum said he appreciates the businesses and individuals that had donated.

State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey declared Nov. 16-22 "Thank Alabama Teachers Week." "My vocabulary does not allow me to adequately express how much I thank our teachers and support staff for the incredible work you have done this year for our students," said Marcum. "No system in the state has done a better job of providing a quality education in a safe environment during this pandemic. This can be documented in the low number of positive cases we have had in our system. Our teachers and staff enhanced cleaning, wearing masks, social distancing and washing hands has made a difference. Our teachers also have gone above and beyond to provide for our virtual students."

The Handley family was saddened to learn of Tina Clarke's passing recently after contracting the COVID virus. Mrs. Clarke worked for 22 years at HMS before moving to Randolph County High School three years ago. She was a dedicated teacher who made a lasting impact on the students in her classes. "Our thoughts and prayers are with her family," said Marcum.

On Dec. 7, Marcum enjoyed watching the HHS drama department perform "Sanders Family Christmas." The students did an outstanding job under the direction of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Murphy. As with everything this year, COVID created many issues for the drama students and directors. They overcame these challenges to produce a top quality show.

Bradley Bozeman continues to do great things. Last week he was the Baltimore Ravens' selection as NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year. Bradley is a great example of Roanoke City Schools' 2020 theme, "Be a Light."

In personnel business, the board:

  • Accepted the retirement of Delilah Fetner from her position as lunchroom worker at HHS, effective Feb. 1.
  • Accepted the resignation of Asha Houston from her position as special education aide at KES, effective Dec. 18.

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