2018 Fall Frenzy raises more than $36K for Pell City Schools

Pell City attorneys Randall Richardson and Bill Pruitt hold up a mock check for $36,135.92, the amount of money raised from the 2018 Fall Frenzy

PELL CITY -- Attorneys Bill Pruitt and Randall Richardson announced at Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting that the 2018 Fall Frenzy raised $36,135.92.

Both attorneys had big smiles as they held up a large mock check made out to “Pell City Schools.”

“It is fitting that we came on a board appreciation night,” Pruitt told the board.

The board was presented with presents from students and faculty in conjunction of Board Appreciation Month.

“Six years ago, we were standing here after you allowed us to talk about this hair-brain idea,” Pruitt said.

He said since the first Fall Frenzy five years ago, the school carnival-type event held each year at Pell City Lakeside Park has raised more than $175,000.

The money was distributed to various school organizations, clubs and school projects.

The attorneys said they never dreamed the event would be such a hit and raise so much money.

“We want to thank you for allowing us to be a part of this,” Pruitt said.

Pell City Superintendent Dr. Michael Barber thanked both men for their continued efforts to make the Fall Frenzy such a success.

“It’s been a great benefit to our school system,” board member Jeff Jones said.

Pruitt said proceeds from the event have helped support more than 40 different school organizations, clubs, etc., and have allowed students to take ownership in the fundraising efforts for the schools.

In other matters Tuesday night, the board:

  • Accepted the resignations of Jennifer Moses, a Pell City High guidance counselor, and Iola Roberts Elementary third-grade teacher Yulanda O’Neal;

  • Approved hiring Brittany Gibson as a Pell City High guidance counselor;

  • Approved adding Clayton Crauswell, Randi Day, Courtney Jordan and Martha Pryor to the substitute teachers/child nutrition program workers list;

  • Approved the following personnel for supplemental positions: Paul Dubose and Wayne Lee as Pell City High varsity golf coaches, Andrew Isbell as Pell City High junior varsity softball coach, Morgan Roberts and Courtney Jordan as Pell City High junior varsity girls soccer coaches and Ashley Fomby as the seventh-grade Duran South Junior High girls basketball coach;

  • Approved new rental rates for the Center for Education and the Performing Arts facility. The Pell City Council also approved the new rates Monday night;

  • Approved the expulsion of a Pell City High student;

  • Approved the first reading of a new policy, Service Animals in Public Schools; and

  • Announced the next regularly scheduled board meeting will be at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19.