Tallapoosa County Schools superintendent Joe Windle announced Monday the schools are starting a partnership with Alexander City Schools, including sharing the Benjamin Russell JROTC program and allowing Alexander City students into Edward Bell Career Technical Center.
Windle told the Tallapoosa County Board of Education he saw Alexander City Schools superintendent Dr. Keith Lankford speak to the Tallapoosa County Commission Monday morning about the schools’ needs. Windle said since Lankford started in his position this year, the two have been talking about working together.
“I think I saw for the first time in my tenure a desire to work together for all the students in Tallapoosa County,” Windle said. “That became very clear and very apparent in (Lankford’s) remarks and since he has been there.”
Windle said he and Lankford have talked about partnering on the Helping Families Initiative. Windle said they gave the local district attorney’s office the money to hire the first counselor for the project.
Windle said the Tallapoosa County Schools is trying to join Benjamin Russell’s Navy JROTC program. Dadeville and Horseshoe Bend’s students can participate.
“It will not work for Reeltown because the traveling is just too far but it would work for those two schools,” Windle said. “We’ve asked the two schools to survey students and we would transfer them from those two schools over to the Junior ROTC Naval program at Alex City.”
Windle said Tallapoosa County Schools have offered Alexander City Schools the chance to participate in three of the programs offered at Edward Bell Career Technical Center.
“I see this as the beginning of a good relationship,” Windle said.
In other action, the school board:
- Unanimously approved CNP bid extensions.
- Unanimously approved re-roofing the Ledbetter building at Reeltown.
- Went into executive session for more than an hour for expulsion hearings. One student was expelled for next semester and another for the 2019-20 school year.
- Recognized Dadeville and Reeltown high schools’ track and field members who placed in the state championships.
- Recognized Edward Bell Career Technical Center mechatronics students who placed in the state competitions.
- Held a moment of silence for transportation nurse Wanda Lucas who was in surgery after suffering a brain aneurism Monday.