HAMILTON - Twelve Marion County School students - including one from Phillips High - finished the school year with a score of 30 or higher on the ACT.
Marion County Superintendent of Education Ann West says this is the largest group of seniors the system has ever had score so well.
The group was recognized during a Marion County Board of Education meeting May 20, in the system’s central office bus shop.
“This is the largest group of seniors ever to make a 30 and above on the ACT,” West said. “We are very proud of you--not just because it is a good representation of our school system--but it’s money in your parents’ pockets and will help you get scholarships to college.”
The following local students were recognized:
Hackleburg High School
• Victoria Scarborough, daughter of Demetrius Scarborough. Victoria plans to attend the University of Alabama and major in nursing.
Phillips High School
• Jill Gillum, daughter of Tim and Donna Hill and Chris and Susan Gillum. Jill plans to attend Mississippi State University and major in pre-veterinarian animal and dairy sciences.
In other business, the board accepted the following resignations:
• Scott Veal as a teacher at Phillips High School and bus driver, effective June 1 due to retirement;
• Ginger Brimer as a reading coach at Phillips Elementary School effective June 1;
• Wynndy Sampson as a bookkeeper at Phillips High School effective July 1;
• Linda Baker as a bookkeeper at Hackleburg High School effective July 1.
The board also accepted the following voluntary transfers:
• Judy Miller as a part-time teacher at Phillips High School and part-time teacher at Hackleburg High School to a full-time teacher at Hackleburg High School;
• Hope Hudson from a teacher at Hackleburg High School to Library Media Specialist at Hackleburg Elementary School and Hackleburg High School;
• Joy Brumley as teacher at Brilliant School to teacher at Hamilton Elementary School;
• Monica Clark as teacher at Brilliant School to teacher at Hamilton Elementary School;
• Morgan McCarley from teacher at Phillips High School to teacher at Hackleburg High School. McCarley will work under the direct supervision of Hackleburg Elementary School Principal Donna Palmer due to being related to Hackleburg High School Principal Gary McCarley; and
The board approved the following hirings:
• Adam McCarley as a teacher at Hackleburg High School. He will be under the direct supervision of Hackleburg Elementary School Principal Donna Palmer due to being related to Hackleburg High School Principal Gary McCarley.
• Emily Burkett as a teacher at Hackleburg High School;
• Kaylen Bishop as a teacher at Phillips High School pending certification.
• Unanimously Approved employee non-renewals.
West said that the system has issued the smallest possible amount of pink slips possible, due to recommendations from the state. The superintendent also noted that having a confirmed state education budget in place combined with the high number of retirements this year have also contributed to lower pink slips being handed out.
Non-renewals include: Micaela Beck as a teacher at Brilliant School (hired Aug. 1, 2019); Megan Miller, as a teacher Brilliant School (hired Aug. 1, 2019); Myra Webb as a part-time teacher at Brilliant School (hired Aug. 1, 2019).
The following positions are open within the Marion County School System: Hamilton High School Principal; instructional aide at Hackleburg High School; bookkeeper at Phillips High School; physical education teacher at Phillips High School; math teacher at Phillips High School.
The board approved Ty Martin as a certified volunteer at Brilliant Schools. They also gave permission for Brilliant Schools to solicit bids on old lockers. If the lockers do not sell, they will be sold for scrap metal.
In other business, the board entered into a three-year contract with the education software company Renaissance of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc., for learning programs that include STAR (Standardized Test for the Assessment of Reading); Freckle, an online program for lessons, exercises and assessments and myON, a digital reading platform. The contract will cost $397,848.57 and will be paid with federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act monies. According to West, Marion County Schools were given roughly $1,011,000 in CARES monies.
•System administrators received approval to seek sealed bids for Chromebooks. West told board members that 150 laptop computers will be retired in June, 2021 due to technical support expiring on the models. In June, 2022, 1,500 more computers will expire. Marion County Schools Chief Technology Officer Chris Brasher told board members that county schools had a large number of desktop computers expire in January. He said desktop computers have lifetimes of an average of 10 years, but cost as much as three times more than laptops.
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