School Board Approves Bids for Lawn Care, School Buses

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   The Wayne County School Board met in regular session on Thursday, March 11th, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. in the Central Office Board Room. Board members present in-person were Chairman Andy Yarbrough, Charity Horton, Greg Eaton, Dwight Bumphus, Sherman Martin, and Camryn Eaton. Superintendent Marlon Davis was present as well. Board member Debbie Brown attended the meeting via telephone.

   Chairman Yarbrough called the meeting to order, and invited all those in attendance to participate in a moment of silence and the Pledge of Allegiance. He then recognized Brylie Johnson, student representative from Frank Hughes School.

   The first items on the agenda included adoption of the consent items, minutes of the February meeting, and the February ledger of accounts. Sherman Martin made a motion to approve. The motion was seconded by Camryn Eaton, and was passed unanimously.

   The first item under new business was Policy Review: Section 6 – Student – 6.400-6.412. Superintendent Davis proposed changes to Policy 6.405 and Policy 6.413 to reflect current practices and satisfy current laws. He pointed out that any changes would require a second reading. Greg Eaton made a motion to approve the first reading of the policy changes, and Sherman Martin seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

   Next, Superintendent Davis updated the board on upcoming education-related activity in the State Legislature.

   Overnight trips were next on the agenda. Superintendent Davis requested the board’s approval for the FHS Beta Club to take an overnight trip to Savannah, GA and Atlanta, GA on May 18th through 23rd. Dwight Bumphus made a motion to approve, and Sherman Martin seconded. The trip was unanimously approved.

   Non-faculty coaches were next. Superintendent Davis presented one non-faculty coach for approval, Chris Kelly – FHS Baseball. He stated that Mr. Kelly had a satisfactory background check. Charity Horton made a motion to approve. Greg Eaton seconded, and the motion carried unanimously.

   Superintendent Davis next requested approval to purchase two buses from Bledsoe County’s bid in the amount of $84,700.00. Sherman Martin made a motion to approve, and Camryn Eaton seconded. The motion was approved unanimously on roll call vote.

   Bids for lawn care were next on the agenda. Superintendent Davis presented three low bids for the board’s approval: CES, CMS, and CHS – Kevin Jackson, WES, WMS, WCHS, WCTC, & Central Office – Mike Hobbs, FHS – Carol Hickerson. Sherman Martin made a motion to award the bids to the low bidders. Dwight Bumphus seconded the motion, and it carried unanimously on roll call vote.

   Superintendent Davis next presented the board with a COVID-19 update, providing the number of student and staff positive cases as well as the number currently quarantined. He said that at this time, there were three active student cases and no active staff cases. He also said that there were six students and no staff members currently under quarantine.

   Charity Horton asked for an update on FAFSA applications. Superintendent Davis stated that only three seniors had not yet completed the FAFSA application.

   Mrs. Horton then asked about the possibility of summer camps for cheerleaders and basketball teams this year. The superintendent stated that he had been talking with principals about the possibility of summer camps with pending TSSAA restrictions.

   Mrs. Horton went on to ask that the Nepotism Policy be reviewed at the next meeting. She also requested a list of employees from the same immediate family and their direct supervisor.

   Lastly, Mrs. Horton asked about the failure to post the last teaching position opening on the district’s website. Superintendent Davis stated that he had sent the posting to the person responsible for updating it to the website, but it had been overlooked.

   With no further business to come before the board, Sherman Martin made a motion to adjourn. Dwight Bumphus seconded the motion, and the meeting was adjourned.