Mike Hobbs Nickie VanPelt take oath for St. Clair BOE

Mike Hobbs, center, and Nickie VanPelt were sworn in as St. Clair County Board of Education members Monday by St. Clair County Probate Judge Mike Bowling.

ODENVILLE – The St. Clair County Board of Education has two new members.

Nickie VanPelt and Mike Hobbs were sworn in by county Probate Judge Mike Bowling on Monday before the start of the BOE meeting.

Board Chairman Scott Suttle welcomed both to the panel.

VanPelt holds the board’s at-large seat, taking over for Angie Cobb, who did not seek re-election.

“I appreciate everybody’s support,” VanPelt said. “I’m looking forward to serving on this board.”

Hobbs represents the Springville district, taking over for John DeGaris, who did not seek re-election. Hobbs said he was thankful for the opportunity.

“I’m excited about being a servant for our community and school system,” he said. “There was excitement and enthusiasm here tonight during this first meeting. I think there are some really great opportunities and I am excited to be an advocate for Springville and all of St. Clair County.”

In other business, the BOE:

  • Received an excellent rating from the Examiners of Public Accounts on the FY 2017 Audited Financial Report;

  • Recognized outgoing board members Cobb and DeGaris. Cobb served 12 years on the board, while DeGaris served 18;

  • Elected Scott Suttle to remain as BOE chair and Marie Manning to remain as vice chair;

  • Heard the September and October financial reports from Chief Schools Financial Officer Laura Nance;

  • Approved various personnel items;

  • Approved out-of-state travel for OMS teacher Tammy Williams to attend the 2018 National Conference on Student Activities in Atlanta, Nov. 30-Dec. 2; and

  • Approved travel for the Springville High band to attend the Mardi Gras Parade in Mobile on Feb. 22-24.

The next BOE meeting will be Monday, Dec. 17, at 6 p.m. at the St. Clair County High School library. Mike Howard will be sworn in as the new superintendent of the county school system before the meeting starts.

Reach Gary Hanner at ghanner@thestclairtimes.com.