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OCS board approves personnel changes

The Opp City Board of Education met in closed session for approximately 20 minutes Tuesday before approving its personnel changes.

The board accepted the retirement or resignations of:

• Jeff Rhodes as cooperative education teacher;

• Chris Dunbar as teacher at Opp Middle School;

• Todd Fleming as bus driver; and,

• Kenya Martin as counselor at Opp Elementary School.

The board did not renew contracts for:

• Britney Farmer as teacher at OMS (emergency hire);

• Jim Larson as teacher/coach at OMS;

• Lynn Freeney as teacher at OES;

• Jody Adams as teacher at OMS;

• Adrian Horstead as teacher at OHS; and,

• Connie Qualls as LPN at OES.

The board transferred Tonya McCurley from secretary at the board of education to secretary at OHS.

The board approved employment offers for:

• Willie Edwards as the head boys basketball coach (non faculty);

• Chris Caldwell as agriscience/cooperative ed teacher and career tech director; and,

• Erika Rhodes as English teacher at OHS.

In unrelated business, it approved an amendment to its 2015 budget which includes a one-time discretionary state special education grant of $58,000.

OCS Special Education Coordinator Sharon Spurlin said the system applied for a grant to purchase software programs.

“This will help close the gap between special education and regular education test scores,” Spurlin said. “It will also provide teacher training to have a better rapport between teachers and students with education.”

Spurlin said that representatives from OCS recently traveled to Mobile to observe the Champs program.

“It’s a really good program,” she said.

Additionally, the budget amendment included budgeting stipends for summer professional development at $20,897, budgeted advanced placement grant of $20,190, budgeted part time summer labor workers at $10,266, budgeted for summer school at $5,100 and other miscellaneous line item adjustments.

In other business, the board:

• approved the April financials with bank reconciliations;

• approved the low bid of $38,703.80 for weight equipment at Opp High School from ProMaxima Company;

• approved the city schools to become a summer feeding program, which would make all three lunchrooms available Monday through Thursday for lunch and breakfast beginning June 1 through July 16. (Meals are provided at no cost to any person age 18 and under. Anyone over 18 wishing to purchase a meal can do so for $1.50 for breakfast, and $2.50 for lunch.)