DOUBLE SPRINGS - The Winston County Board of Education held a meeting for the first time in nearly four months Tuesday, May 26, citing the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason meetings had ceased to be held.
Code of Alabama 16-8-4 states that county boards of education are only required to meet five times per year, plus an annual meeting.
At the May 26, meeting, Denise Olive, a representative with the Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts, gave a report released May 22, stating the board had passed the state audit with no significant findings for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. Additionally, personnel changes were main topics of discussion at the meeting.
“We conduct our audit in accordance of general accepted auditing principals, and also we do it in concordance with governmental auditing standards and legal compliance,” Olive began. “This year, we tested the child nutrition program and supporting effective state grants, which used to be improving teacher quality. We issued an unmodified opinion on both the financial statements and the federal law. That basically means the financial statements are materially correct and you’re materially in compliance in those two programs. We also noted the audit did not reveal any significant instances of non-compliance of laws.”
One personnel change is the hiring of Bart Shannon, the Winston Career Academy director, as administrative assistant at the central office. Shannon took over the duties of retiring Danny Springer, effective June 1. Meanwhile, Adam Gray, former Double Springs Middle School assistant principal, has moved his office to the directorship of the WCA effective June 1.
New hires are Marta Dollar as a teacher at Addison Elementary School and Kaydi Woodard as pre-k auxiliary teacher, both effective in August. Kevin England was the only other transfer, from science teacher at DSMS to Meek High School effective in August. Nakia Wakefield and Patti Bailey were two who have retired, effective June 1. There was one employee who was non-renewed: David DeFoor.
All competitive events for summer 2020 and the 2020-2021 school year were approved during the meeting dependent on future state requirements, along with a list of coaching assignments for each school. Though incomplete, other personnel will be added at a later date.
David Smothers, head varsity football; Stephen Smothers, assistant varsity football and boys and girls track; Todd Cook, junior varsity football; Kaydi Woodard, varsity volleyball; Lana Hines, JV volleyball, varsity softball and JV softball; Ben Mastin, boys varsity basketball; Roger Parris, JV boys basketball; Bailey West, girls varsity and JV basketball; John Everett, varsity baseball; Jeff Sudduth, JV baseball; Katelyn Sudduth, varsity cheer sponsor and Brooke Beam, JV cheer sponsor.
Brian Wakefield, JV softball; Tiffany Cole, JV basketball; Bobby Shane Daniel, JV boys basketball; Viola Grace, JV cheer sponsor and James Moore, JV baseball.
Calvin Aldridge, head varsity football and boys track; Daniel Farris, assistant varsity football and JV boys basketball; Brad Alsup, JV football, JV softball and varsity girls basketball; Jessy Woods, varsity softball and JV girls basketball; Amanda Brown, varsity volleyball and girls track and Ashlyn Farris, JV volleyball.
Tony Williams, JV boys basketball; Brian Woods, varsity basketball; Britney Williams, varsity girls basketball and JV softball; Kevin England, JV girls basketball; Houston Powell, head varsity football; Devin Guthrie, assistant varsity football and varsity baseball; Mark Ragsdale, JV football and JV baseball; Callie Brewer, varsity volleyball; Payten Hayes, JV volleyball; Kristen McCay, varsity cheer sponsor; Tiffany Harbison, JV cheer sponsor; Mike Ragsdale, varsity softball and Lori Bowling, girls and boys track.
Winston County High School:
Mark Mitchell, head varsity football and boys track; Bradley Comeens, assistant varsity football; Tiffany Cole, varsity volleyball; James Moore, varsity baseball; Brian Wakefield, varsity softball; Adam Gray, varsity boys basketball; Becky Cobb, varsity girls basketball and girls track and Alissa Shewbart, varsity cheer.
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