Talladega City Board of Education

The Talladega City Board of Education includes (from left) Mary McGhee, Jake Montgomery, Shirley Simmons-Sims, Chuck Roberts and James Braswell.

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TALLADEGA -- Members of the Talladega City Board of Education voted 3-0 Tuesday night to approve a contract with one of their own for help with technological issues.

Board members Chuck Roberts and Shirley Simmons-Sims were absent.

Ken Swain was described by system technology Coordinator Taylor Armstrong as a recent Talladega High School graduate studying at Central Alabama Community College. The contract would allow Swain to work with Armstrong. It would be both an opportunity for him to hone the skills and techniques he was learning at CACC while giving back to his alma mater.

The contract passed without further discussion or controversy.

Also Tuesday, the board:

  • Approved, by a vote of 2-1 with board member Mary McGhee dissenting, the makeup of a textbook committee to advise the board in two subjects this year. McGhee insisted that a board member serve on the committee, although under the terms of a censure approved last year, McGhee herself is not eligible;
  • Honored six students, including a second-grader who could already take apart and reassemble a laptop, as “Techsperts” who could help their teachers with technology issues in class;
  • Honored 12 winners in the Alabama State Department of Education art contest;
  • Approved the personnel actions by a vote of 2-1, with McGhee dissenting. These actions included transferring teacher Sandy Bones from first grade at Houston Elementary School to library media specialist at Graham Elementary, and approving the junior varsity cheerleading supplement of $2,800 annually for Jennifer Gunn at Talladega High. McGhee said she was not provided proper documentation on these employees’ qualifications;
  • Heard Superintendent Terry Roller, curriculum Coordinator Pattie Thomas and board Chairman Jake Montgomery comment on the closing out of the accreditation process earlier this month;
  • Heard maintenance Director Wayne Mitchell announce the new gyms at Graham and Houston are almost complete, and the one at Salter Elementary only needs a floor;
  • Heard that the Salter chess team would be hosting an open tournament in March. The tournament will be filmed either for promotional material or for a documentary;
  • Heard Thomas announce that pre-kindergarten registration had started at all elementary schools;
  • Heard Thomas announce that planning for the second summer bridge program was underway; and
  • Purchased an advertisement in The Daily Home’s Update special section.