The Elba City Schools Board of Education met Tuesday evening, April 23, for the monthly meeting, and board members had the task of making several personnel decisions from recommendations of the superintendent and school principals. As he presented each category for approval, superintendent Chris Moseley said the recommendations had come to him from either high school principal Wynn Grimes or elementary school principal Debra Strickland, respectively. Each was in attendance and confirmed the appropriate recommendations. The first set of personnel matters recommended and approved was for resignations at the elementary school, effective May 23rd. Teachers resigning their posts at the end of the current school year at the elementary school include: Brandon Evans, EES band director; Kelly Gaskins, EES special education teacher; and Kerri Pylant, EES second grade teacher. The high school had one teacher non-renewal recommendation. High school English teacher Ria Turk was non-renewed, effective May 23rd. The elementary school had several teacher/aide rehires recommended and approved. Two of those received tenure with this rehire. The elementary school rehires included: Claire Bailey, Katie Harrison, Rachel Morrow, Lindsey Swan, Brooke Weeks, and Kelley Wilson. Also approved for rehire was Sarah Mitchell, EES aide. The two receiving tenure were teacher Brooke Weeks and aide Sarah Mitchell. The high school also had several rehires recommended and approved by board members. These rehires included two receiving tenure as well. The high school rehires were: Kristen Burttram, EHS nurse; Melissa Mularz, EHS aide; and EHS teachers Ashley Chappell, Al Gilmore, Shaun Hammonds, Pate Harrison, Amanda Martin, Robin Mitchell, Phil Smith, and Seth Wilcox. The two receiving tenure with the rehire were band director/teacher Shaun Hammonds and nurse Kristen Burttram. Additional personnel matters recommended by the superintendent and approved by the board included: Margarita Jimenez rehired as a CNP [Child Nutrition Program] worker for the schools; and Roy King and Ricky Mularz each rehired as bus drivers for the school system. Also during the meeting, the board approved a contract form with South Alabama Contracting for a project. The approved motion gave board president DeAnn Grantham authority to execute documents for this project as necessary. The project work will include repairing drainage structures, along with erosion issues and washouts around the schools. Moseley said this project uses FEMA dollars that need to be utilized by June 21st to open up availability of additional FEMA funds for the school system. Board members approved the financial statement for March 2019, which was confirmed to have been reconciled to the bank statement and general ledger as of March 31st. Several announcements from the superintendent included noting the Band Banquet set for Tuesday night, May 7, at 6 p.m. Moseley said this will be held at the Westside Baptist Church activities building, and board members were invited to attend. He said Elba would be in the area softball tournament on Tuesday, April 30, and that it would be a one-day only tourney event. Also, he said Elba juniors that had participated in the Coffee County Youth Leadership Program this school year would be recognized during that program’s graduation ceremony on Monday evening, April 29th. The spring football game for the Elba Tigers is set for Friday, May 17, in New Brockton, beginning at 7 p.m. Moseley said this would be the conclusion of spring practice for the Tigers. Football coach Pate Harrison was in attendance for the board meeting, and he said the two schools [Elba and New Brockton] would be splitting the gate monies for the event as it would be a fundraiser for both programs. Finally, the superintendent said graduation is almost here. He said the Class of 2019 would graduate Tuesday evening, May 21st.

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