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Cleburne BOE switching web hosts, officials expect site to be back Friday

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Posted: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 8:52 pm | Updated: 2:06 pm, Thu Jul 10, 2014.

HEFLIN — The Cleburne County Schools website is down as the system changes host companies, administrators said Monday.

Superintendent Claire Dryden told Board of Education members at their meeting that the new website should be up and running by Friday.

“Definitely the board office and the majority of the schools should be updated and ready to go,” Dryden told them.

The district is moving from web host School in Sites to SharpSchool, said Shawn Hudgins, technology coordinator for the school system. The contract with SharpSchool was $8,390 and will be paid with funding from E-rate. E-rate is a federal program funded by fees collected on phone bills and provides a discount to most schools and libraries to make Internet access and telecommunications affordable, according to the Alabama Department of Education website.

Board Chairman Jerry Cash said he’s received calls from parents who are looking for supply lists but can’t access the website.

Dryden said the school system made the switch during the summer to avoid inconveniencing parents.

“That’s the one time we thought it wouldn’t be as bad,” Dryden said.

Supply lists should have been sent home with students at the end of the school year, Dryden said.  She said the schools also should have provided supply lists to local businesses so parents can get them when they shop.

In other business the board members:

— Went into an executive session with a parent to discuss a student discipline matter.

— Approved hiring Michael Penny, agri-science teacher at Cleburne County High School; Amy Brown, math teacher at Cleburne County High School; Pablo Meza-Duran, technology technician for the system; Debbie Nelson, speech teacher at Fruithurst Elementary; Kacie Jenkins, food assistant at Ranburne; Taleah Myrick, elementary teacher at Cleburne County Elementary; Jennifer Burdette, elementary teacher at Pleasant Grove Elementary; Sarah Crenshaw, summer school intervention teacher at Ranburne Elementary; Martha Herren, special education paraprofessional; Ranburne Elementary and High schools; and Amy Farr, elementary teacher at Pleasant Grove Elementary.

— Accepted the resignation of Cleburne County High School math teacher Ashley Singleton.

The next board meeting is scheduled for Aug. 4 at Cleburne County High School.

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