The Alexander City Board of Education unanimously approved Tuesday a new assessment system that also teaches students and offers classes.
Deputy superintendent Dr. Beverly Price presented to the board Edgenuity, the assessment piece for the schools to use.
Kindergarten through sixth grades will use the program after taking Scantron exams in the fall and the program will evaluate and identify areas of gaps and make content paths.
“We will initially use it with our Tier 2 and Tier 3 students and those students who are going into the intervention classes,” Price said. “So we hope to be able to pinpoint those skills that those students have deficits in and it will give the teacher a better path to get them up to speed to where they need to be.”
Price said Alexander City Middle School and Benjamin Russell will have the same program in addition to offering courses the schools do not currently have and can be used in the classroom for students who are behind in their academic progress.
“All of their courses are aligned to the Alabama course of study and the courses at the high school level are compliant with the NCAA,” Price said. “It is a little pricy but sometimes you have to pay for what you expect.”
At Phoenix Academy, the alternative school, students can also use the program for credit recovery.
“It was proven to have all the bells and whistles and from talking to people who used it, it works,” Price said.
Superintendent Dr. Keith Lankford said students can use the program at home and during the After the Bell program.
Lankford said the program is being paid for through the school system’s technology and advancement fund.
In other action the school board:
Heard a presentation from community leader Teresa Moten about the history of Stephens Elementary School (SES) and Nathaniel Stephens.
Selected members Denise Bates as board president and Kelly Waldrop as board vice president.
Approved the school year 2019-20 meeting schedule.
Approved a 4% pay raise to Alexander City School System office staff.
Approved a revision in the policy for student bullying prevention.
Approved a $3.5 million agreement with Lathan Associates Architects for additions and alterations to Jim Pearson Elementary School (JPES).
Listened to a presentation on the school’s 2018 audit.
The board also approved the following personnel moves from the last three meetings of May 21, June 6 and June 11:
April Drake, teacher at JPES
Sherrelle Holloway, teacher at JPES
Johnathan Warren, music teacher at JPES
Doug Ward, physical education teacher and bus driver at JPES
Tawana Thomas, secretary at JPES
Felicia Bellamy, teacher at SES
Jon Owens, assistant principal at SES
Ginger Fitzgerald, special education teacher at Radney Elementary School (RES)
Hannah Hawk, art teacher at RES
Nick Davis, assistant principal at BRHS
James Haynes, special education teacher at BRHS
Glenda Hardnett, teacher at SES
Brittney Green, teacher at SES
Vanessa Brooks, music teacher at SES
Margaret Owens, auxiliary teacher at JPES
Nancy Holley, auxiliary teacher at JPES
Lakesha Morgan, auxiliary teacher at JPES
Brentina Williamson, paraprofessional at JPES
Kristin Williams, paraprofessional at JPES
Rhonda Childs, paraprofessional at JPES
Ben Blake, paraprofessional at SES
Demetrius Fleetion, paraprofessional at SES
Shanna Thompson, paraprofessional at ACMS
Martae Wyckoff, paraprofessional at BRHS
Cody Glenn, paraprofessional at BRHS
Libby Welcher, teacher at JPES
Autumn Rager, teacher at RES
Johnathan Baker, bus driver
Harbson Thompson, bus driver
Michelle Gigis, teacher at JPES
Jarrell Burns, science teacher at BRHS
Audra Welch, science teacher at ACMS
Loren Padgett, English teacher at BRHS
Justin McCollum, social science teacher at BRHS
Prentice Thomas, science teacher at BRHS
Jennifer Taunton, career tech teacher at BRHS
Tabetha Blankenship, from JPES teacher to SES counselor
Reginald Clifton, from director of support assessment programs to itinerant assistant principal
Cassandra Freeman, from secretary to alternative school secretary at BRHS
Sherri Campbell, from RES teacher to ACMS art teacher
Ivy Pike, from instructional coach at SES to instructional coach at JPES
Crystal Wellborn, from special education teacher at ACMS to special education teacher at BRHS
Wes Coleman, from physical education teacher at RES to drivers education teacher at BRHS
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Jeffrey Odom, physical education teacher at SES
Rodney O’Neal, teacher at RES
Clifford Wayner, bus driver
Gina Powell, bus driver
April Yarbrough, physical education teacher at JPES
Michael Waters, maintenance worker
Mitchell Black, assistant principal at SES
Ricki Mahan, teacher at SES
Hayle Mitchell, music teacher at SES
Morgan Anderson, teacher at JPES
Brandy Price, teacher at JPES
Sandy Teel, special education director
Levi Wilson, physical education teacher at JPES
Alex LeSueur, music teacher at JPES
Amy Maynard, teacher at RES
Virginia Fussell, English teacher at ACMA
Lauren Vernon, English teacher at BRHS
Kate Ponder, English teacher at BRHS
John Fussell, social teacher at BRHS
Connor Smith, social teacher at BRHS
Dawn Guy, science teacher at BRHS
Mark Lucas, art teacher at RES
Jonathan Adams, math teacher at BRHS
John Mason, special education teacher at ACMS
Melissa Edwards, bookkeeper at ACMS
Karen Litton, special education teacher at RES
LaCresha Griffin, teacher at JPES
Chase Campbell, physical education teacher at RES
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Haley Sparks, teacher at JPES
Angela Strickland, principal at JPES
Barbara Thompson, HIPPY program director
Jessica Sanford, public relations specialist