CCBOE meets, discuses personnel and more

Published 4:19 am Friday, September 2, 2022

By Haley Mitchell Godwin

A special called meeting was held at the Crenshaw County Public Schools Board of Education on Aug. 30 at 7:30 a.m. All board members were present.

Crenshaw County Schools Superintendent Dodd Hawthorne, made a recommendation to hire Linda Eubanks as an additional kindergarten teacher at Luverne School and Ashton Harleigh Murry as a Special Education Aide at Brantley School. The board approved these personnel recommendations. 

The BOE is still looking to fill the position of fourth-grade teacher at Brantley left vacant after the resignation of Judy Smith.  

The superintendent recommended approving the Child Nutrition Program milk bid to Legendairy LLC for the 2022-2023 school year. 

The recommendation was approved, and the milk brand served at school will now be Prairie Farms rather than Borden. The BOE’s contract with Borden will close at the end of September, and Legendairy LLC will begin delivering on Oct. 1. 

“Borden milk facilities are shutting down, and that caused us to come back and repeat the bid process for our milk vendor,” Hawthorne sad. “Borden will deliver until the end of September, after which our milk will come from Legendairy LLC out of Opp. We are excited to get our milk from somewhere close by, and the bid from Legendairy LLC is actually going to save us money compared to the prices with Borden.”

Approved were the superintendent’s two recommendations regarding nurse substitutes. The first approval was to reimburse these substitutes for the cost of the background check required for employment. The second recommendation approved was the daily rate for nurse substitutes, with RNs receiving $200.00 a day and LPNs getting $110.00 per day. 

“Our nurses are not out often and we have been going through Kelly Services, but they really do not have any substitutes we can use when our nurses have to be out,” Hawthorne said. “So, we will start doing this in-house. In fact, we have already had a couple of nurses contact us about being on the substitute list. We believe this will be a better avenue when we need to fill these absences.”