County school board hears report from contribution program
March 6, 2018
By Bill Wilson
The Anniston Star

It was a session of routine business for the Cleburne County Board of Education at its monthly meeting Tuesday at Cleburne County High School.

Superintendent Chad Young did single out transportation director Kevin Brooks and the transportation department for achieving exemplary school bus inspections with no major deficiencies.

Young also said a voluntary contribution program by county shoppers and some county merchants has brought in several thousand dollars to the schools.

The board unanimously approved the following:

— Approved Randy Benefield and Sherry West as substitute bus drivers.

— Approved leave of absence request by Pleasant Grove Elementary School teacher Hollie White for the remainder of the 2017-18 school year.

— Approved family medical leave request for Fruithurst Elementary School secretary/bookkeeper Annette Price.

— Approved maternity leave request for Cleburne County High School teacher Valencia Russell from approximately April 19, 2018, till the end of the 2017-18 school year.

— Approved the purchase of a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado by the transportation department. The current truck is old and has over 250,000 miles on it.

Young also said that March is a Even For Education (E4E) month at participating retailers. Even For Education allows customers to donate the change they receive to the county school systems by evening up their purchase to the next whole dollar amount.

Young said that money is still coming in from the month of December and the receipts total $7,000 so far.

If everything goes right the money from the program will offset school supply costs for parents in July during school registration. Young said items such as glue, scissors and binders and other things the parents have been purchasing will be bought by the school using the E4E money.

The next board of education meeting will be at Ranburne High School on April 9 at 4 p.m.