The board members approved a list of non-tenured and support personnel for the layoffs. Some were part of a restructuring of the special education department, Superintendent Claire Dryden confirmed after the meeting.
She declined to give the names of the employees until after they had received notice, which she said wouldn’t happen until later this month.
Tammy Burkhart, director of special education for the school system since July, addressed the board during the meeting giving her reasoning for the restructuring of the department.
“I inherited some personnel and budget issues,” Burkhart said. “It’s taken a year to see the bigger picture and I need to restructure the staff accordingly.”
Burkhart requested some transfers and some moving around of jobs that she believes will improve student education.
She recommended the dismissal of several contract workers whose salaries this school year total an estimated $94,165. Those jobs can be taken over by other staff, Burkhart said. She said one teacher in a Ranburne classroom has seven students with one teacher’s assistant; another teacher has 27 students with one assistant.
“That doesn’t make sense,” Burkhart said.
She suggested combining the two classes.
The board unanimously approved three transfers of special education employees – teacher Amy Ward from Cleburne County High School to Cleburne County Middle School; Debbie Holt, an instructional aide, from Cleburne County Elementary to Cleburne County High; and Rebeeca McNeese, an instructional aide, from Cleburne County High to Cleburne County Elementary. The members also unanimously approved the layoffs.
In other business the board:
-Approved moving to a modified block schedule beginning in the fall. The change will have students going to four classes a day rather than eight.
-Approved retaining Guarantee Trust Life Insurance Company for the School Student Insurance Program.
-Approved restructuring salary guidelines for central officer personnel and principals.
-Approved hiring Misty Ward, Ramona Phillips, Natascha Cohoon, Misty Braggs, Victoria Benefield and LeAnne Hornsby for Ranburne Elementary’s summer school.
-Approved hiring Ashley Steward as Saturday Senior Remediation teacher and Leslie Salter and David Howle each as part-time administrators for the program.
-Approved hiring Rick Carter as principal of Cleburne County High.
-Approved hiring Greg Corkren as principal of the middle school.
-Approved hiring David Howle as coordinator of maintenance, transportation and operations.
-Approved hiring Astin Noles as fifth- and sixth-grade teacher at Ranburne High School.
-Approved hiring Beth Clanton as federal programs director and attendance officer.
-Approved hiring Shannon Carter as college and career coach/testing supervisor.
-Scheduled a special meeting for May 16 at Cleburne County Technical School at 6:30 p.m.
Staff writer Laura Camper: 256-235-3545. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.