The Pell City Board of Education finalized an agreement with the city which settles a half-million dollar claim against the city by the Board.

“This retires any possible back obligations the city may have,” said Michael Barber, superintendent of Pell City schools.

The city will complete certain projects for the board through in-kind services. 

“We will see the city out doing some work for us,” Barber said.

The work includes creating additional parking spaces at the spring sports complex and widening the roadway leading to the complex.

The city will also create additional parking at the CEPA and complete clearing and grading behind the indoor training facility at the spring sports complex.

In addition, the city will destroy and remove a house on the Eden Elementary School campus, and grade a lot behind Iola Roberts Elementary School for additional parking. 


The city will also grade and develop a walkway from Williams Intermediate School to the playground behind the school, according to the agreement finalized by the board Tuesday night. 

“We appreciate the city stepping up and helping us out with those things,” Barber said.

The school board’s claim alleged that the board paid all utility costs for the Pell City Center since the center opened, and that the city was supposed to share in those costs. The facility is jointly owned by the city and the school board. 


In other matters Tuesday night, the board:

• Accepted the resignations of Pell City High School science teacher Brad Waguespack; Duran North Junior High School cheerleader coach Cherith Fluker; and teacher assistant Sharon Tunnell.  

• Accepted the retirement of bus driver Patricia Carter.

• Approved hiring the following personnel: Heather Lindsey as a RISE Academy special education teacher; Dara Lee and Kaitlin Rich as Iola Roberts Elementary School teachers; Brandon Williams as a Pell City High School science teacher; Adam Butler as a Duran North Junior High School history teacher; Brooke Evans as an Eden Elementary School third-grade teacher; Robert Adams as a Pell City High School math teacher; Kelly Seay as a Pell City High School teacher/curriculum specialist; Samantha Crow as an Iola Roberts Elementary School Title I teacher assistant; Brenda Rochford as a Eden Elementary School secretary; Diane Mitchell, Sycea Carter and Lisa Fountain as bus drivers.

• Approved the reassignment of Melissa Brisendine from third- to second-grade Eden Elementary School teacher; and Helen Fuller from a teacher assistant at RISE Academy to teacher assistant at Williams Intermediate School. 

• Approved the transfers of the following personnel: Douglas Stahlhut from special education teacher at the RISE Academy at Kennedy Elementary School to the Pell City High School RISE Academy; Lynda Lacey from special education teacher from Williams Intermediate RISE Academy to Coosa Valley Elementary School; Eden Elementary School teacher Kayla Lee to Coosa Valley Elementary School; Duran North Junior High School technology teacher Tabitha Surles to physical education teacher at Coosa Valley Elementary School; Iola Roberts Elementary School teacher Devin Fields to Coosa Valley Elementary School; Duran North Junior High School eighth-grade language arts teacher Katie McCombs to seventh-grade language arts teacher at Duran South Junior High School; teacher assistant Christy Carpenter from Walter M. Kennedy Elementary School to Iola Roberts Elementary School; teacher assistant Tammy Brasher from Duran South Junior High School to Coosa Valley Elementary School; teacher assistant Shena Ashworth from Eden Elementary School RISE Academy to Williams Intermediate School; teacher assistant Janet Manning from Coosa Valley Elementary School to Duran North Junior High School; and assistant teacher Lisa Witcher from Walter M. Kennedy Elementary School to RISE Academy at Williams Intermediate School. 


• Approved a physical therapy contract with Linda Garing, P.T.

• Approved leaves of absence for Duran North Junior High School English language arts teacher Rachel White, Eden Elementary School speech teacher Rebecca Jones and Kennedy Elementary School custodian Janice Bannister.

• Approved the low bid submitted by Training Consultants Inc. for four industrial controls training systems for Career Tech Electronics I.

• Approved the low bid submitted by Learning Labs Inc. for electric training platforms for Career Tech Electronics II.

• Approved revisions for various system-wide policies.

• Approved the first reading of the new PCSS Data Use and Governance Policy.

• Approved new policies pertaining to students bringing their own devices to school and to the seclusion or restraint of students, only for the protection of the student or others.

• Approved the 2014-2015 Student Rights & Responsibilities/Code of Conduct.