HEFLIN — The days of manual duplicating devices faded further in memory in Cleburne County Tuesday with the Board of Education’s approval of spending $20,000 on two copying machines.

Holding its first meeting of the summer, the board also approved several policy and procedure changes to prepare for the upcoming school year.

The copying machines — Ricoh MP6002SP models, to be exact —  which board members said would allow the administrative staff to operate more efficiently, sport built-in staplers, among other features. The price tag includes a maintenance contract, toner, parts and labor.

The board also announced the approval of low bids of milk and bread for the 2014-2015 school year, from Barber’s and Flowers, respectively. Several of the items up for discussion at the meeting were centered on nutrition and food for students.

Cleburne County Superintendent Claire Dryden requested the board meet again June 17 to hire additional teachers before the academic year begins.

“We want them to be able to be hired so they can take advantage of the professional development work and flex days we are offering this summer,” said Dryden.

In other business, the board members:

  • Approved new hires, including Steven Baker as a band director for Cleburne County High School, Gina Hardman-Pullman as ELL teach for the system, Emily Altman as an elementary teacher and counselor at Pleasant Grove Elementary School, Kathy Green as secretary/bookkeeper at Cleburne County Career Tech School, Shane Biven as science teacher for grades 7-12 at Ranburne High School, and Candice Hill as food service assistant for Pleasant Grove Elementary School. The board also hired Lisa Baker as Spanish teacher at Cleburne County High School, addressing a two-year need for a foreign language teacher.  The students have been taking online courses, but Dryden has previously said that option isn’t ideal for them.

  • Approved an increase in breakfast price; lunch price will remain the same.

  • Approved changes and modifications to student dress code.

  • Approved four separate educational field trip requests for Ranburne High School and Cleburne County High School


The next regular scheduled board meeting is July 7, 6:30 p.m. at Cleburne County Elementary School.