By Hamilton Richardson
TOP PHOTO – County students received CTE recognition at Monday night’s school board meeting.
At Monday’s regular Elmore County Board of Education meeting, a host of awards and recognitions were handed out to administrators, teachers and students, celebrating not only wonderful accomplishments, but also the end of the ‘school year.
School Superintendent Richard Dennis began the recognition portion of the meeting by inviting Burton Crenshaw of the Central Alabama Community Foundation to come.
“It’s more fun for me to give them out because we so appreciate everything these recipients do,” Crenshaw said.
The following grants have been awarded:
2022 Margaret and Auston Bridges Fund for Arts in Education Grants-
-Holtville High School ($500 to buy 25 stools for the visual arts class)
(Director Kyle Futral)
-Wetumpka Secondary School ($325 to purchase sculpting kits, wooden blocks, and other supplies to teach three-dimensional aspects of art in visual arts classes)
(Director Robbie Slater)
Charles Horatio McMorris Fund-
-Wetumpka Elementary School ($661.05 to purchase VEX Go robots for the robotics area of the library)
(Director Gigi Hankins)
-Wetumpka Middle School ($661.05 to purchase books for the library)
(Librarian Annette Wynn)
Lucy Brooks Lull Library Fund-
-Wetumpka Secondary School ($3,226.87 to purchase books for the library)
(Librarian Lori McKenzie)
“All of these funds were made possible by the donors of the Community Foundation and we would like to thank them and their families for allowing us to help give back to the Elmore County school system,” said Crenshaw.
Next, Susan Mallett of the Air and Space Force Association came forward to present the 2022 AFA Teacher of the Year Award to Dr. Virginia Vilardi of Wetumpka High.
“It’s a wonderful thing. One of yours, Dr. Virginia Vilardi, has again been nominated for our Montgomery Chapter Association of Air and Space Force Teacher of the Year,” said Mallett. “Not only did she win for our Montgomery chapter, but she also won for Alabama State. What I love about it is when I talk to young people in your community and they tell me they go to Wetumpka secondary school, I say, do you know Dr. Vilardi? And they say, ‘of course we do.’
Mallet said Vilardi is a wonderful teacher who devotes much of her personal time to the students.
Vilardi received a jacket, two plaques, a notebook and two lapel pins, a check for $250 from the local and a check for $500 from the state.
Emilie Johnson, director of the Elmore County Technical Center, came to award several CTE distinctions.
“We have the most numbers since I’ve been with the Technical Center going to nationals this year,” she said.
Here are the CTE awards and winners:
HOSA– International Medical Science Competition
–Olivia Mitchell, ECHS, Caregiver
–Shemai’ya Peak, SEHS, wanted poster
–Kayleigh Autry, Morgan Coleman, Chase Finner, Kennedy Graham, Taylor Horsley, WHS, Public Service Announcement, “Be the Match”
Information Technology Services: SkillsUSA National Competition and Convention—
–Ashton Geer, ECHS, IT Services
–Nathan Currier, WHS, Technical Computing Applications
SEHS Future FBLA National Leadership Conference—
–Christopher Payne-1st Place computer problem solving
–Makayla Reeves-2n/a Place human resource management
–Haley Brown-2n/a Place a job interview
–Abbie Deason-4and Place for public speaking
With the round of awards and accolades complete, Dennis went over the evening’s agenda information, including the staff action sheet, a construction update, nutrition changes for the next school year and a discussion of an offer for a barbecue/pizza trailer for the infant nutrition program.
Three other items of discussion during the reunion portion were a charter school update, the 2022-2023 Student Handbook and Code of Conduct, and the Credit Recovery Handbook for Fiscal Year. 2022-2023.
On the consent agenda for the evening, the following items were approved by the board:
–Monthly finances for March and April 2022
– Minutes of the Board of Directors meetings of April 19 and 29, 2022
–User agreement for EMS (1) and SEHS (1) facilities
With respect to the action items listed on the agenda, one particular item aroused great interest among Board members as Dennis addressed the tender for the BBQ/Pizza trailer, which was approved at a cost of $92,750.
The trailer, which would take turns driving to schools across the county and provide barbecue and pizza to students, would be manned by current utility staff, Dennis said.
Dates for council meetings for the coming year were then approved, along with a bid for work on a bus parking lot for $329,550. There was one abstention on the parking offer by board member Leisa Finley.
Next came the approval of HVAC renovations at Wetumpka Elementary School for a total of $1,578,000 and although the board approved the measure, Finley again abstained.
Dennis then read several measures approving summer schools in the county, all of which were approved.
Board members then voted to proceed to executive session to deal with grievance procedures regarding Grievance #1 – Robinson and Grievance #2 – Bedgood. No other business was done at that time.
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