The board voted against a recommendation from Superintendent Joan Frazier to establish summer food service program sites at Randolph Park Elementary School and Anniston High School. Only board member William Hutchings went along with Frazier’s proposal.
“I really would like to see this reach a lot more students,” said board member Mary Klinefelter, adding she would like to see the elementary program run at either Cobb or Constantine elementary schools. She pointed out the two schools’ proximity to public housing; approximately 180 students up to age of 18 live in the Constantine Homes and about 95 live in Cooper, which is near Cobb Elementary, she said.
Frazier said summer school will operate from whichever sites the board chooses to run the child nutrition program, which is geared toward feeding low-income children during the summer months.
Hutchings asked whether the board could open up more than two sites for the nutrition program, but Debbie Prince, the district’s Child Nutrition Program director, said doing so is not financially feasible. When the school district housed the program at Tenth Street Elementary School, it only fed about 35 students per day, she said. At Cobb and Constantine, it feeds about 150-200 students. Prince said no data was available for Randolph Park Elementary School because the district has never hosted it there.
Frazier said one of the reasons for initially recommending Randolph Park was to make the program available to the many children who participate in summer programs at the Wiggins Community Center next door to the school.
Frazier said she would return a new recommendation to the board for consideration at its next meeting.
In other business, the board:
• Approved a recommendation for Frazier’s annual evaluation to be conducted by Steve Nowlin, one of two certified superintendent’s evaluators in the state, at a cost of approximately $2,500.
At its Feb. 28 meeting, the board rejected a recommendation to hire James Wright, the other certified evaluator, who had conducted Frazier’s evaluations for several consecutive years due to Nowlin’s familiarity with Frazier. Nowlin served as the state-appointed superintendent of the Anniston City Schools from 2000-2002 and was Frazier’s supervisor. A former JSU professor, Nowlin was also Frazier’s instructor.
• Tabled a resolution in support of the School Safety Act, a bill that would increase property taxes in Calhoun and Talladega counties to pay for school resource officers at every school in those counties and for 800 MHz emergency radio equipment. Voters will have to approve the measure via referendum before taxes could be raised. Board members said they would like to read the entire bill before approving a resolution in its support. Frazier said any revenue collected through the measure would be distributed based on students enrollment, and Anniston’s share is estimated to be approximately $156,000.
• Adopted the Board of Education code of conduct as recommended by the state Board of Education. State law requires each Board of Education adopt the code of conduct by April 1.
• Authorized the revision of the Board of Education policy manual in coordination with the Alabama Association of School Boards. Frazier said the association would work with a law firm to rewrite the manual section by section at a cost not yet determined. The Board of Education, she said, will have the opportunity to approve the new policy manual section by section.
• Scheduled a special meeting and work session for April 9 at 5:30 p.m.
• Tabled action to approve adding fraud protection services to the district’s accounts with Regions Bank.
• Approved a field trip for the Anniston High School Future Business Leaders of America to travel to Birmingham for the state competition on April 11-12.
Staff writer Paige Rentz: 256-235-3564. On Twitter @PRentz_Star.