The board approved hiring Valrie Bain, assistant principal at Oxford High School, as principal of Cleburne County High. After the meeting, Bain said she has already accepted the job and will start July 1.
Bain has worked for the Oxford City Schools since August 1991. She started working as a high school science teacher and worked her way up to assistant principal. She also worked with AdvancED, the agency that accredits schools, from 1998 to 2008.
Bain has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education, master’s degree in education and an education specialist degree, all from Jacksonville State University.
Bain said she applied for the job because of past experience with Cleburne County Schools. She said she worked with them through AdvancED and through A plus Education, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to improve Alabama schools.
“I love the tradition and a lot of the kids there that I’ve met,” Bain said.
Superintendent Claire Dryden said Bain’s multitude of experience, some in areas in which the high school needed help, stood out, Dryden said.
The superintendent said Bain wrote and won a $300,000 grant from the Alabama Department of Education for an alternative education program at Oxford High School. Dryden said officials with Cleburne County Schools are trying to win the same grant.
“She wowed us all,” Dryden said.
In other business the board:
• Approved the retirement of Randy Morgan, transportation mechanic.
• Approved the resignations of Wanda Brooks, LPN, and Melissa Thomas, pre-kindergarten instructional aide.
• Approved the transfer of Cleburne County Elementary School teacher Cecilia Lemon to Cleburne County Middle School, and Cleburne County Middle School teacher Holley Fenn to guidance counselor at Cleburne County High School.
• Approved 25 new hires.
• Accepted bids from Barber’s Dairy for milk and Flowers Foods for bread.
• Approved more 2013-2014 salary schedules.
• Approved paying substitutes $73 a day for the first 10 and beginning on the 11th consecutive day, $100 a day.
• Heard from the superintendent that Kelly Services will do training for substitutes including teachers, nutrition workers, teacher aides and custodians on June 11 and July 9.
• Heard that the new security doors and security locks on the Ranburne campus should all be installed by the day of the meeting.
• Heard that the Cleburne County Commission has offered to give the former Emergency Management Agency building to the school system to use as administrative offices. The administrators will make the move over fall break.
• The next meeting will be July 1 at the middle school at 6:30 p.m.
Staff writer Laura Camper: 256-235-3545. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.