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Sylacauga City Board of Education members are (from left) Amy Price, Dr. Rekha Chadalawada, Dr. Steve Marlowe, Janean Crawford (president) and Melissa Garris (vice president).


SYLACAUGA -- The Board of Education recognized a teacher and 10 students for good work during its meeting Tuesday evening.

Superintendent Dr. Jon Segars recognized Jack Vest, art teacher at Indian Valley and Pinecrest elementary schools, for being selected Elementary Art Teacher of the Year for Alabama.

The Alabama Art Education Association honored Vest with this recognition in November.

Vest is in his third year as art teacher at the two schools.

Vest received the honor based on a nomination by Phyllis Horne, treasurer of the Alabama Art Education Association, with supporting letters from Sylacauga’s elementary


According to the principals, Vest has demonstrated instrumental leadership in bringing art together with all school programs, including his involvement in the love of literacy learning experience at Pinecrest last summer.

Together with literacy teachers Kate Barton, Lindsey Kissic and Kristy Harmon, Vest was able to help inspire students with art as they improved their reading skills during the camp designed to connect the two disciplines.

Pinecrest Principal Julie Green remarked that Vest is “genuinely dedicated to the students and teachers, and serves as an example with his caring nature and desire to go to all measures to help everyone.”

Ten young artists from Pinecrest were also recognized during Tuesday’s meeting. They had their artwork on display in November at the Alabama State Capitol Old Supreme Court Library.

The event, titled “Faces of Alabama: A Bicentennial Youth Art Exhibition,” was in connection with the state’s bicentennial celebration.

The Pinecrest students whose artwork was featured included Avery Roberts, Maggie Watkins, Mariela Arevalo, Tre’vyn Wright, Aaron Cruikshank, Taneah Cunningham, Layne Johnson, Vivian Huynh, Quenterio Lewis and Landon Crocker.

In other business, the board:

  • Approved accounts payable and payroll as of Oct. 31 of $1,837,930.02;

  • Approved an out-of-state field trip for the Sylacauga High show choir, Signature, to compete at the Jackson Academy Show Choir Invitational in Jackson, Mississippi, Feb. 1-2;

  • Approved the 2019-20 school calendar committee;

  • Approved five new tuition students for the 2018-19 school year;

  • Employed Shaneaka Cohill-Brown as a substitute teacher, De’Lissia Goodwin as substitute teacher and substitute CNP assistant and Angel Griffitt as a substitute nurse;

  • Granted a leave-of-absence for Jacob Elliff;

  • Approved a probationary principal contract for Green, effective Jan. 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020; and

  • Accepted the resignation of Joel Jones, custodian, Sylacauga High.

The board’s next regular meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 6 p.m. A work session will be at 5. All board meetings are at the Central Office at 43 N. Broadway Ave. in downtown.