BOE invests $1 million in programs

Emphasis on math and reading skills

By SHERRY DIGMON

news editor

The Escambia County School Board continues to purchase programs and materials and provide professional development to support teachers and improve student skills, particularly in math and reading. Funding is available through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) Fund, which provides state education agencies and their local education agencies (LEAs) with emergency relief funds to address the impact that COVID-19 has had – and continues to have – on elementary and secondary schools across the country.

The following agenda items were approved by the Board.

1. Superintendent salary adjustment based on the state’s 4% increase and salary matrix based on years of service, effective October 1, 2022

2. Purchase of Proven Practices Professional Development from PowerSchool Group, LLC for $227,500. (paid with ESSER III and subsidy)

3. Purchase of a math intervention and professional development program from BBB Educational Enterprises Inc. and Heinemann to increase math skills in grades 1-5 in the amount of $300,596.75 for materials and $85,761.00 for professional development (paid with ESSER III funding)

4. Purchase of Guided Reading Series and Classroom Library Sets for K-5 students from Heinemann Libraries and Next Level, LLC for $473,836.50 (paid with ESSER Funding III). Flomaton Elementary Principal Courtney McBride said owning the books would be a game-changer for students. Huxford Elementary Principal Leah Fuqua agreed it was badly needed.

5. Purchase of property at 1201 Forrest Avenue, East Brewton (Legal Description: 30-15-08-34-3-001-008.000) for $170,000 using local funds. This property is adjacent to WW Neal High School. The property was appraised by Alan Associates LLC with a value of $175,000. The Council is responsible for the property appraisal fee of $400. The Régie will not assume any debt with the purchase of this property.

6. Approval of revised salary scale which included salary increases for a number of employees, effective September 1st. The state-mandated 4% increase begins October 1.

The Board approved the following personnel recommendations by Superintendent McClung.

Resignation

1. Emily Harrison, Office Assistant, Escambia County High School effective August 12, 2022

2. Winter Sims, Special Education Teacher, Escambia County High School, effective August 4, 2022

3. Rebecca Green, Elementary Teacher, Pollard McCall Junior High School, effective August 10, 2022

4. Sabrina Dailey, 6-Hour Canteen Attendant, Rachel Patterson Elementary School, effective July 21, 2022

5. Kimberly Price, Janitor, WS Neal Elementary School, effective August 19, 2022

6. Stephen Knowlton, Science Teacher, WS Neal High School, effective August 1, 2022

7. Wyatt Oliver, HVAC/electrician, Atmore Maintenance Department, effective August 1, 2022

Use

1. Michele Collier, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching, Learning, Assessment and Professional Development, Escambia County School Board, effective August 12, 2022

2. Avia Hill, Preschool Program Assistant, AC Moore Elementary School, effective August 12, 2022

3. Trajan Hollinger, caretaker, Escambia County High School, effective August 12, 2022

4. Melvin Jones, Math Teacher, Escambia County High School, effective August 12, 2022 (replacing Stephanie Spicer)

5. Amanda Hunter, Teacher’s Assistant, Escambia County High School, effective August 12, 2022 (replacing Yvette Watkins)

6. Tovjivanese Wilkerson, Secondary Intervention Teacher, Escambia County High School, effective August 1, 2022 (replacing Lashonda Marshall)

7. Teresa McMaster, Special Educator, Escambia County High School, effective August 2, 2022 (replacing Winter Sims)

8. Vernametres McCracklin, Social Studies Teacher, Escambia County High School, effective August 8, 2022 (replacing Stephanie Taylor)

9. Vallerese Preyer, Secretary/Accountant, Escambia County High School, effective August 8, 2022 (replacing Wendy Stokes)

10. Nicole Jones, Counselor, Escambia County Middle School, effective September 12, 2022 (replacing Collin Lashley)

11. Sydnie High, Elementary Teacher, Escambia County Middle School, effective August 8, 2022 (replacing Megan Moye)

12. Kelly Moulton, 6-hour canteen attendant, Escambia County Middle School, effective August 12, 2022 (replacing Kendria Jackson)

13. Shelbi Himes, Elementary Teacher, Flomaton Elementary School, effective August 1, 2022 (replacing Wendy Davidson)

14. Teresa Jordan, Academic Interventionist, Huxford Elementary School, effective August 1, 2022 (replacing Lora Matheny)

15. Carolyn Galbraith, Special Education Assistant, Huxford Elementary School, effective August 1, 2022 (replacing Emily Barlow)

16. Selena Ramos, Teacher’s Assistant, Pollard McCall Junior High School, effective August 12, 2022 (replacing Dalton Shell)

17. Sonya Higdon, Janitor, Pollard McCall Junior High School, effective August 12, 2022 (replacing Amber Carpenter)

18. Susan Anthony, Kindergarten Teacher, Rachel Patterson Elementary School, effective August 1, 2022 (replacing Christi Marks)

19. Kelly Mitchell, Counsellor, WS Neal Elementary School, effective August 15, 2022 (replacing Levon Wright)

20. Makayla Lucas, Special Education Aide, WS Neal Elementary School, effective August 12, 2022 (replacing Jennings Hobbs)

21. Gail Peace, Part-Time Academic Interventionist, WS Neal Middle School, effective August 12, 2022

22. Tehron Stallworth, Social Studies Teacher, WS Neal High School, effective August 8, 2022 (replacing Gavin Walker)

23. Johnnie Ward, Utility/Gardener, Brewton Maintenance Department, effective September 1, 2022 (replacing Earnest Cassity)

24. Haden Horton, Speech-Language Pathologist, Office of Special Education and Student Services, effective August 8, 2022 (replacing Jacob Middleton)

25. Alvin West, Gifted Educator, Office of Special Education and Student Services, effective August 8, 2022 (replacing Elizabeth Hurley)

Job change

1. JoLynn Godwin, Acting Administrator, AC Moore Elementary School, to Academic Advocate, Pollard McCall Junior High School, effective August 12, 2022 (replacing Traci Ward)

2. Wendy Stokes, Secretary/Accountant, Escambia County High School, to Teacher’s Assistant, Escambia County Middle School, effective August 12, 2022 (replacing Taylor Rolin)

3. Taylor Rolin, Instructional/Clerical Assistant, Escambia County Middle School, to Teacher Assistant, Rachel Patterson Elementary School, effective August 1, 2022 (modified)

4. Amber Dunaway, ARI Reading Specialist, Pollard McCall Junior High School, to Acting Administrator, AC Moore Elementary School, effective August 12, 2022 (replacing JoLynn Godwin)

5. Traci Ward, Academic Interventionist, Pollard McCall Junior High School, to ARI Reading Specialist, Pollard McCall Junior High School, effective August 12, 2022 (replacing Amber Dunaway)

6. Gavin Walker, Social Studies Teacher, WS Neal High School, to Science Teacher, WS Neal High School, effective August 1, 2022 (replacing Stephen Knowlton)

7. Brittney Van Winkle, Teacher’s Assistant, WS Neal High School, to Elementary Teacher, WS Neal Elementary School, effective August 12, 2022 (replacing Kelsey Thompson)

Rehire

1. Keyon Thompson, Math Teacher, Escambia County High School, effective August 12, 2022 (replacing Keyon Thompson)

2. Tyler Boatwright, Math Teacher, WS Neal Middle School, effective August 15, 2022 (replacing Gregory Brock)

This article is written in my capacity as editor of Atmore News, not as a member of the BOE, and I do not speak on behalf of the board. South Dakota

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