County school board praises gifted students

By Clif Knight

Hartselle Enquirer

Outstanding students in career tech skills and art competition were singled out for special recognition at a regular monthly meeting of the Morgan County School Board April 12.

Superintendent Bill Hopkins presented awards to three Brewer vocational students who earned skill point certification at the 2017 Skills USA National Leadership and Skills Conference: Jacob Humphrey in welding, Ila Cagle in cosmetology and Cody Croft in automotive repair. Humphrey placed sixth nationally.

Several students were recognized as district and state winners in the State Superintendent’s Visual Arts Exhibit and Bicentennial Celebration.

Priceville’s Jessica Morrow won the 2017 Congressional Blue Ribbon Award, in addition to claiming district and state honors. To commemorate her achievements, she won a $12,000 college scholarship.

Conner Sims, a student at Brewer, was also a district and state winner.

Certificates of achievement were presented to Piper Harvey, Cotaco; Anna Swindell, Priceville; Jacob Nelson, Falkville; Steven Tucker, Brewer; Rachel Hardin, Priceville; Zoie Hill, West Morgan; Gabrielle Legg, Falkville; Leeann Smith, Brewer; Jenna Price, Danville; and Tate Rogers, Priceville.

The Student Leadership Showcase was presented by four Priceville Junior High students. They used a video presentation to show how students at their school are benefiting from the use of new technology.

The board also:

  • approved a contract for services with Shohn Ann Miller to provide transportation for an eligible student during the remainder of the 2017-2018 school year.
  • approved a contract for services with Nadine Roberts to provide tutoring services as needed for Morgan County Schools, April 13 through May 24, 2018.
  • approved a contract with Haley Breanna Barnette to serve as assistant softball coach at Priceville High School, effective in contract year 2017-2019.

*approved contract renewal with ITS for Wide Area Network services in the upcoming eRate funding cycle.

  • approved a contract with Virginia Holcomb to provide LPN nursing services for Morgan County Schools on an as-needed basis.
  • approved a request to conduct the 11th Morgan County Girls’ Basketball Camp at the Priceville High School Gymnasium May 29-June 1.
  • approved out-of-state travel requests: Priceville High School to send 12 varsity girls basketball players and their chaperones to Murray, Ky., June 4-6 to participate in a play date at Murray State University; Priceville High School to send 20 varsity girls basketball players to Nashville June 4 to participate in a play date at David Lipscomb University; Brewer High School to send one student and chaperone to Atlanta, Ga., June 28 to participate in the FCCLA National Leadership Conference and STAR events competition; Priceville Junior High School to send 50 eighth-grade students and chaperones to Shiloh, Tenn., May 7 to visit the Shiloh National Military Park; Priceville High School to send 100 senior students and chaperones to Atlanta, Ga., April 25 for an educational science trip; West Morgan High School to send seven students and chaperones to Atlanta, Ga., June 27-July 3 to participate in the 2018 FCCLA National Leadership Conference and STAR events competition; Cotaco School to send 21 archery team members and chaperones to Louisville, Ky., May 9-11 to compete in the National Archery Competition; Priceville High School to send 20 varsity girls’ basketball players to Chattanooga, Tenn., June 14-15 to participate in a play date at the University of Chattanooga; Danville High School to send 150 band members, football players and cheerleaders to Pigeon Forge, Tenn., May 11 for a visit to Dollywood; West Morgan High School to send nine students and chaperones to Orlando, Fla., April 25-30 to attend the Epcot World Showcase; Priceville High School to send one student and chaperone to Atlanta, Ga., June 27 to attend the FCCLA National Convention; Priceville High School to send 16 cheerleaders and chaperones to Starkville, Miss., May 28 through June 2 to attend UCA Cheer Camp at Mississippi[pi State University; Priceville High School to send 52 band members and chaperones to Orlando, Fla., May 2-6 to perform at Disney World; Morgan County Schools Mech Tech Robotics Team to travel to Houston, Texas, April 18-22 to compete in the FIRST Robotic World Championships; Falkville High School to send four members of the FFA Land Judging Team to Oklahoma City, Okla., April 29 through May 5 to compete in the 2008 Land Judging National Contest; and Cotaco School to send 13 archery team members and chaperons to Louisville, Ky., May 9-10 to compete in the Archery in the Schools Program National Competition.

Superintendent Hopkins recommended, and the board approved, personnel items as follows:

  • resignation of Doug Oldacre as head coach of the varsity boys basketball team at Brewer High School, effective after the 2018 season.
  • March 19, 2019, as the revised employment date for Anna V. Stanley, counselor at Sparkman Schoool.
  • catastrophic medical leave request from Cynthia Green, a teacher at Cotaco School, effective March 26 through May 25.
  • resignation of Debbie Seal as CNP manager at West Morgan Elementary School, effective May 25.
  • retirement of Rickey Fortenberry as a mechanic for Morgan County Schools, effective April 1, 2019.
  • resignation of John Ritter as head football/track coach and health teacher at West Morgan High School, effective April 1.
  • transfer of Terina Nelson from full-time PE teacher at Priceville Junior High School to PE teacher at Priceville Junior High and Priceville High School, effective in school year 2017-2018.
  • transfer of Brandon Tew from full-time agriscience teacher at Priceville Junior High School to agriscience teacher at Sparkman School and Priceville Junior High School, effective in the 2017-2018 school year.
  • transfer of Darrell Haynes from full-time PE teacher at Priceville Junior High to PE teacher at Priceville High and Priceville Junior High, effective in school year 2017-2018.
  • retirement of Wanda H Raines as a bus driver at Lacey’s Spring School, effective June 1.
  • resignation of Cristen Black as assistant coach for Brewer High School girls basketball team, effective at the end of the 2018 season.
  • employment of Justin Lynn Henley as teacher/head basketball coach at West Morgan High School, effective Aug. 1, replacing Sam Wallace, who resigned.
  • retirement of Karen Tapscott, CNP worker at Falkville High School, effective June 1.
  • employee supplemental contract with Phillip Banks as track coach at West Morgan High School, effective for contract year 2017-2019.
  • catastrophic leave request from Jackson Schuster, a teacher at West Morgan Middle School, effective April 10 through May 25.
  • catastrophic leave request from Bethany Beavers Compton, a teacher at Danville High School, effective April 9 through Aug. 1, 2019.
  • employee supplemental contract with Deedee Hendrix to serve as assistant softball coach at Priceville High School, effective in contract year 2017-2018.
  • employment of Terri H. Dutton as payroll specialist for Morgan County Schools, effective May 1. She will be replacing Tara Humphries, who was promoted.
  • employment of James Mikel Riggs as full-time teacher and head football coach at West Morgan High School, effective April 18.
  • promotion of Kim Crow as interim principal at Cotaco School, effective April 13. She is replacing Brad Stapler, who was promoted.

 

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