WEDOWEE - Randolph County Board of Education held two separate budget hearings last week, and following the hearing on Thursday, the board passed the budget for the 2020-2021 school.

The budget passed was as follows:

Total revenues from all sources are estimated to be $24,157,115.

Total expenditures for all schools are estimated at $23,988,209.

If these figures hold up throughout the school year, the county system will have an ending balance of $4,124,432. The system is required to have at least three months operating expenses in reserve.

Moment of silence

As the board opened their meeting with prayer, Superintendent John Jacobs asked the board to observe a moment of silence in memory of Woodland fourth-grader Jeremiah Ford Smith. He was tragically killed in a motor vehicle accident that happened over the Labor Day weekend.

Superintendent's report

Superintendent Jacobs said he had just a few items to bring up to the board. First, he stated Randolph County won the first round of the Census Bowl.

"Our next opponent is Barbour County," Jacobs said. "If we win the second round, the county will be awarded $20,000 to be split between the county's two school systems. It's important that all citizens participate in the census, not only for the benefit of the schools but for the entire county and state. We could lose valuable funds and even some congressional seats."

Second, the superintendent stated the Alabama Department of Health will do free health screenings such as vision and hearing in the county schools.

Lastly, Jacobs said he had received a lot of phone calls from parents wanting to know when a five-day school week would return. "The number of COVID-19 cases is continuing to increase, so I don't foresee any changes to the schedule anytime soon."

Personnel actions

In personnel business, the board:

  • Approved Kayla Ponder as English teacher at Wadley High School.
  • Approved Taylor Jones as paraprofessional at Wadley High School.
  • Approved the transfer of Jennifer D'Aquisto from multi-needs paraprofessional at Wedowee Middle School to paraprofessional at Wadley High School.
  • Approved maternity leave for Kayla Peavy.
  • Accepted the resignation of Eddard Beverly due to retirement at Wadley High School.
  • Approved Eddard Beverly and Chelsi Schwartz as substitute teachers.
  • Approved Chelsi Schwartz and Allison Clark as substitute support personnel.

Contracts for services

The board approved the following contracts for services for the 2020-2021 school year:

  • AC Consultant and Counseling Services at a rate of $40 for half-hour of individual counseling, $80 for an hour of individual counseling, $150 hour for group counseling and $25 hour for consultation.
  • Stephanie Kirby to provide tutoring services at $29 per hour.
  • Carolina Soriano, Cecilian Hernandez and Tonia Valasquez to provide tutoring service at $20 per hour.
  • Vickie Herron to provide mentoring at $129.90 per day not to exceed 40 days.
  • Michelle Hall for speech and/or language therapy at a rate of $65 per hour.
  • Sherry Green for various contracted services stipulated in the contract.
  • Tasha Higgins to provide LPN services at a rate of $55 per hour half-day and $110 per hour for full day.
  • Keisha Norred to provide RN services at a rate of $60 per hour for half-day and $120 per hour for full day.
  • TEAM Rehabilitation for occupational therapy services at a rate of $75 per hour for occupational therapist and $50 per hour for assistant therapist plus $.40 a mile for travel.
  • Clay County Health Care Authority to provide occupational therapy services at the following rates: $195 per hour for OTR evaluation, $68 per hour for OTR visit and treatments, $48 per hour for COTA and travel at the rate of $.40 a mile.
  • Clay County Health Care Authority to provide physical therapy services at the rate of $75 per hour for evaluation, $68 per hour for PT visit and treatment, $40 per hour for PT assistant and $.40 a mile for travel.
  • Joyce Oliver to provide RN nursing services at the rate of $60 per hour for half-day and $120 per hour for full day.
  • David Daniel to provide mentor services to educators at the rate of $500 per semester.
  • Lucille Burns to provide mentor services to educators at the rate of $250 per semester.
  • Lucille Burns to serve as family and community liaison at the rate of $10 per hour not exceed $7,000 annually.

Other business

In other business, the board:

  • Amended the school calendar to reflect Sept. 21 and Oct. 12 as full days for students.
  • Approved removing 13 buses from the board's capital assets.
  • Approved the bid from Allen Oil Co. for diesel engine oil.
  • Approved the bid from Willingham Oil for diesel fuel.
  • Approved the job description for mental health coordinator/counselor.
  • Approved low bids from School Nurse and School Health for medical supplies.

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