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Schools going to period scheduling


The Chambers County Board of Education made two big decisions at last week’s monthly meeting. The Board, acting on the recommendation of Superintendent Kelli Hodge, voted to make the move from block scheduling to the period schedule starting in the 2013-14 school year. They also approved Hodge’s recommendation for the new athletic director and head football coach at LaFayette High School.

Following up on a lengthy discussion at the December board meeting, in which the advantages and disadvantages of period scheduling were reviewed, Dr. Hodge recommended the Board approve the move beginning at the start of the next school year. Hodge said that she had heard feedback from teachers that were against the move initially because of lost class time. But after it was explained that they will, in fact, gain an additional 14 days of class, many were on board. The school day will remain the same length, but there will be more periods for instruction.

Hodge stressed that making the move early will give the faculty and staff ample time to prepare for the change. The measure was approved unanimously.

As for filling the head coach/athletic director role at LaFayette High School, Hodge recommended Dialleo Burks for the job. Burks, currently an assistant at LaGrange High School in Georgia, was given high praise from Dr. Hodge and was unanimously approved for the position.

Dr. Hodge noted that January was “Board Member Appreciation Month” in Alabama, and she presented each member with a certificate of appreciation. The Board members were also presented with baskets of treats and students from Fairfax, Huguley and Langdale Elementary schools made cards for the group.

The Board approved a mandatory code of conduct at the meeting. The code is similar to that of students and is required by state law.

Stanbury Uniforms was awarded the bid for new band uniforms for Valley High School. The order entails the purchase of 135 uniforms at a cost of $365.45 per uniform for a total of $49,335.

December’s payroll was about $2.5 million, and the system’s net fund equity stood at more than $5.9 million as of Dec. 31. The total for the previous month was $5.2 million.

The Board also approved four new names to be added to the substitute teachers list and an amendment to the 2013 budget.