By Tanna M. Friday
TRUSSVILLE — During the Trussville City Schools Board of Education regularly scheduled meeting Monday, September 17, the Board covered a light agenda highlighting many recognitions. Superintendent Dr. Patti Neill recognized Cahaba Elementary School’s recent award from the state for reading improvement in third graders.
“During the 2018 legislative session, lawmakers added $1 million to the Alabama Reading Initiative (ARI) budget in order to recognize Alabama’s elementary schools showing growth in third-grade reading scores,” said Neill. “Fifty Alabama schools received $20,000 and Cahaba Elementary was one of those schools.”
Last month, the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) awarded 50 schools, including Cahaba Elementary, $20,000, part of $1 million allotted by the Alabama Legislature, for recognizing and incentivizing teachers and students who have worked to achieve proficiency in reading by the third grade in last year’s Scantron Performance Series Reading Assessment.
During a special recognition and awards ceremony in Montgomery on September 13, Cahaba Elementary School received a check for $20,000 where Governor Kay Ivey, Alabama legislators, and other dignitaries personally congratulated all 50 schools.
Mrs. Joy Tyner, who was among her staff, shared her appreciation of the award.
“I feel so blessed to work with a group of people who spend every day thinking about what they can do to make things better for kids,” said Tyner. “We are very intentional that everything we do ties to the standard – where it be through K-3, our specialist, P.E. program, music. When you do things like this you accidentally win a few thousand dollars.”
The Board also approved Dr. Mandi Logan as the new TCS Assistant Superintendent of Student Support Services and Dawn Kilgore as the Assistant Principal for Hewitt-Trussville High School. Logan will assume her role effective October 1. Kilgore took her role in the High School on September 18.
In other matters, the Board approved:
Accounts payable for August 2018;
Payroll from August 2018 for $3,039,437.84;
Financial for August 2018;
Work session record and board minutes for August 20, 2018;
Bid statement for the 2018-19 school year;
ATBE renewal of automotive fund participation and general liability/errors and omissions liability fund;
Memorandum of understanding with WestEd;
ADEM permit transfer agreement for Hewitt-Trussville Middle School;
2018-2019 Capital plan;
Renewal of bids: 17-10 to American Facility Service for HTHS cleaning; 17-11 to Owens Landscape Group for HTMS lawn; 17-12 to Owens Landscape for Paine Campus lawn;
Change Order 17-28-20 for Athletic Project; Terracon Proposal for services at HTMS addition;
Statement of Federal Funds;
HTHS boy basketball locker room/weight room signage and technology to be paid by local school program;
The following contracts/agreements for technology”: PowerSchool, Veeam Renewal, Worf – ZOHO, TSA bid award, KeriSystem, What’s Up Gold, Shoretel, EDF 09-17-18-01 through 09-17-18-14;
Field trips: HTHS volleyball; HTMS boys basketball to Murfreesboro, TN; HTHS leadership team to Shocco Springs; HTHS participant team to Shocco Springs; HTMS Band to Huntsville All-State; HTMS Band to Atlanta, GA; HTMS Hunter Museum of Art and TN Aquarium; HTHS Wrestling to Harrison, Ohio; HTHS Wrestling to Mobile Civic Center; HTHS Wrestling Auburn High School; HTHS Wrestling to Von Braun Center; HTHS Wrestling to McCallie School in TN and contract for a tournament; HTHS Wrestling to Alexander HS, GA and contract for a tournament; HTMS Art II and NJAHS to High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; HTHS FBLA to NYC;
Facility usage agreements with Alabama Band-standers MPA, March 4-7, 2019; Blow Away 5k Run, Nov. 10, 2018; Trussville Marching Invitational, Oct. 5-6, 2018; and Trussville United Soccer, Tuesday, Aug. 28-Nov. 17, 2018;
Recommendations regarding personnel, contracts, and supplements appointing Dr. Mandi Logan to Assistant Superintendent of Student Support Services; Dawn Kilgore as the Hewitt-Trussville High School Assistant Principal representing the ninth grade.
The next Trussville City Schools Board of Education meeting will be Monday, October 22 beginning at 6 p.m. with a workshop beginning at 5:30 p.m. The Board Retreat will be held on Oct. 22 beginning at 10 a.m.