BOE chooses new CSFO, other personnel actions approved

The Daleville Board of Education approved several personnel actions and job descriptions during its regular meeting on Wednesday, July 24, the first meeting led by new Superintendent Dr. Lisa Stamps.

The board approved hiring Jessica Anderson as the system’s new chief school finance officer, pending successful contract negotiations. This position was previously held by Lynne McWilliams, whose retirement request was approved by the board during its June 19 meeting.

The board also approved hiring McWilliams as a temporary part-time CSFO.

“I’ve already been in touch with the (Alabama) Ethics Commission because of the ‘Revolving Door’ ban,” board attorney James Tarbox said after the vote. “I was told what to put in the contract.

“The way the ethics laws are written, our evaluation is that Ms. McWilliams’ position does not allow her to contract or to be paid by the board for two years after retirement. That’s the ‘Revolving Door’ ban, so they have to give this special allowance.”

The board also approved the following personnel actions:

Resignations:

Heather Cavender-Nichols, Pre-K teacher at Windham Elementary School, effective July 28;

Employments:

Heather Brooks, algebra/geometry teacher at Daleville High School;

Carolin McDaniel, math teacher at DHS;

Paul Sloshberg, science teacher at DHS;

Erika Unterseher, secretary at DHS; Janice Graves, Pre-K lead teacher at WES;

Christy Kearly, coordinator of program and curriculum, effective on or about Aug. 8;

Transfers:

Lynn Irwin, second grade teacher to WES assistant principal; and,

Julie Sconyers, DHS special education teacher/psychometrist to coordinator of special education.

“I just want to kind of give you all an update about our second JROTC position that’s open,” Stamps said during personnel actions. “Mr. (Josh) Robertson has interviewed and would like to hire, eventually, Sgt. Maj. Kenneth Petty, but he’s not certified yet, so we’re putting him in through Kelly Services as a substitute. He’ll be our second instructor pending that certification. At which time, I’ll bring that before the board.”

While voting on new hires for the system, Board Chairman Steve Kirkland recused himself from the vote, and board member Ricky McLin recused himself from voting on transfer personnel.

The board also approved new job descriptions for the coordinator of programs and curriculum and the coordinator of special education positions.

In other business, the board voted to waive the waiting period before approving the 2019-20 school year pay schedules, which includes the state-mandated raise.

“A lot of the surrounding counties are paying their employees, nine-month or 12-month, beginning with their first paycheck,” Stamps said. “That’s just a good morale booster, so we evaluated our finances, and we believe that we’re in good enough shape to do that, and that could show some good faith toward our staff and faculty.”

The board also approved the lowest bid for the system’s milk contract to Borden Dairy, whose bid was $66,202.20, as well as the only bid for the system’s bread contract, which went to Flowers Baking Company. Under this contract, prices are $1.69 per barbecue bread slice, $4.37 for hamburger buns, $2.11 for hotdog buns and $1.69 for a wheat bread loaf.

The next board meeting will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 4:30 p.m. at the central office.

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