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County BOE gives recognition to DHS football team

Published 7:39pm Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Tallapoosa County School Board of Education’s first meeting of 2014 was used as a time for recognition.

During Monday’s board meeting, superintendent Joe Windle took the time to recognize the Dadeville High School football team and coach Richard White for their 11-2 season, in which the Tigers won the Class 4A-Region 3 title and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Alabama High School Athletic Association state playoffs.

“The athletics programs are successful because Coach White spends his time ensuring that these guys and girls have the resources they need to be successful,” Windle said. “Success on Friday nights doesn’t happen because of Friday night. It happens during the off-season with weightlifting. It happens because of spring practice and practice each week and each day.”

Coach White touted the hard work of the players over the years for Dadeville’s success.

“I appreciate the board and our superintendent for giving us a chance to come up here and recognizing us,” White said. “This senior class, and some of the juniors in here too – the turnaround this bunch was part of two years before was great. I looked at it the other day and we were 66-9 the last six years. That says a lot for our kids and what they put forth the last six years in what we accomplished at Dadeville.”

Windle also recognized the board as a part of School Board Recognition Month, and recognized Reeltown kindergarten teacher Stacey Gibson for her contributions to the community.

“Stacey Gibson has been teaching there for 14 years and is not only a superb kindergarten teacher by any measurement, her children know math and know how to read when they leave kindergarten,” Windle said. “But more than that, she’s a wonderful mother of two young children who are going to grow up and be productive members of that community down there because of the work she does with them.”

During the meeting, the board also discussed updates and the revision of the board policy manual.

Windle said the manual has been under revision for about eight months.

The board contracted with Dr. John Osborn to rewrite it, who fielded questions during the meeting.

Windle added about 95 percent of the manual is determined by law and statute, but the remaining five percent is flexible.

“My focus was that the superintendent and the board be comfortable with the content. Since I retired as a superintendent the second time and from some other areas, I’ve had my hands in about 30 of these revisions,” Osborn said. “A county system, it’s not easy to do, but it’s pretty cut and dry because the Code of Alabama is pretty specific on what county boards of education can do under the code.”

Osborn added that process included mostly getting the manual up to date.

“The way I do manuals, there is a place to list an adoption date and a place to show when you revised the manual. A lot of manuals do not have that,” Osborn said. “That’s something you can use down the road once this process is done. It provides a roadmap for the board on when the last time we took action on this.”

The board approved the new manual 4-0, with board member Matilda Woodyard-Hamilton abstaining.