CCBOE recognizes Holly Pond FFA students and teachers



Holly Pond FFA students recognized for their achievements in the FFA Steer Event at the North Alabama State Fair at the November 17, 2022 CCBOE meeting (Sara Gladney for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman County Board of Education (CCBOE) recognized several faculty members, students and family members during their Thursday, November 17th meeting.

These included the E5 Exceptional Awards:

  • Randy Burks, a parent of Holly Pond, who was credited by Superintendent Shane Barnette as the host of a weekly radio show, Holly Pond Broncos Around the Pond, which features positive news from the school.
  • Brian Sharp, a Hanceville parent whom Dr. Barnette called a “de facto employee” for his volunteer efforts at the school. He’s repaired chain link fences, built a locker room for the girls’ softball team, put up senior banners, built a walkway to the new mobile unit, cleaned the entire stadium with his family after five home soccer games, and many other jobs.
  • Sara Allen, a teacher at Fairview Middle School who ensures her students master science and life skills. “She makes every student feel cared for. Her classes are engaging and allow students to think outside the box. She teaches students how to communicate with others and make others feel welcome,” Barnette said. She creates intervention resources for students to build science skills and posts videos of labs online for students who are absent.

Shannon Bridges, a teacher at Vinemont High School, was also recognized for attending the Society for Science High School Research Teachers Conference, which brought research teachers together to share best practices and learn more about the Society for Science. 200 teachers were selected across the country to participate, with only three coming from Alabama. They discussed ways to motivate students to find their passion in science fields.

Holly Pond Future Farmers of America (FFA) students were recognized for their performance in the FFA Steer Event at the North Alabama State Fair.

  • Rex Harrison- Champion of the AOB Continental Heifer Competition, won 4thth total breeding heifer, 3approx Place senior premier exhibitors
  • Evan Roden – Champion Maine-Anjou heifer, 5th placeth total breeding heifer, 5th Overall Senior Showmanship; Ewe Reserve Champion, Senior Showman 4thth Elected overall Senior Supreme Competitor, Reserve Champion Commercial Ewe, Grand Champion Purebred Ewe, and Middle Weight Reserve Champion Market Lamb and Vice President of the Alabama Junior Lamb Board
  • Ethan Tapscott – Class Winner Shorthorn Division, Reserve Supreme Senior Competitor
  • Ty Harrison – Class Winner AOB Division
  • Mattie Wood – Grand Champion Market Goat, 3rd placeapprox in Senior Showmanship and 3approx top competitor

The following applications were approved:

  • Soliciting Fairview High School to pay Tracy Means $2,500 for assistance with all volleyball programs, paid for by Fairview High School Volleyball Boosters
  • Vinemont High School (VHS) application for payment of $1,500 to Roy Todd Johnson for 2022-2023 athletic director duties related to winter/spring sports, paid from local school funds
  • Request by VHS to pay the following coaches for additional work with the varsity football program during the 2022 summer season, paid for by Vinemont High School Football
  • Anthony Pace – $500
  • David Stokes – $750
  • Phillip Stephen Robinson – $750
  • Michael Williams – $300
  • Robert Erik Runge – $500
  • Requested by VHSl to pay Crystal Mayo $900 to work on volleyball concession stand, paid by Vinemont volleyball fund.
  • West Point Middle School’s request to pay Joshua Davis $1,200 for the additional 2022-2023 athletic director duties.
  • West Point Middle’s application to pay the following coaches for additional duties for the 2022-2023 season to be paid from local school funds
  • Paul Quattlebaum – $500
  • William Tidwell – $1,000.
  • 2022-2023 after-hours program and staff (staff paid from local school funds)
  • Welti Elementary School ($22 per hour)
  • Stefanie Bagwell and Averie Harris (sub).
  • Child Nutrition Program application for Melanie Lee (Vinemont) and Diana Sims (West Point Middle) to process the At-Risk program as needed per hourly wage paid from CNP CACFP funds.

In other dealings, the Board approved the following:

  • Four field trip requests out of state
  • The Good Hope High School cheerleaders will travel to Jackson, MS on December 3 for the UCA Cheer Competition for Nationals
  • Holly Pond High Cheerleaders travel to Gatlinburg, TN on December 3rd and 4th for the UCA Cheer Competition for Nationals
  • Good Hope High Cheerleaders travel to Orlando, FL for Nationals competition on February 10th
  • The Fairview High Varsity Boys basketball team travels to Pigeon Forge, TN for a basketball tournament on December 27th.
  • A new checking account for Fairview Middle School
  • Cullman County Education Support Professionals’ request for two days leave for their elected delegates to attend the 2022 AEA Delegates Convention in Montgomery December 1-3 and ½ day replacement on Thursday to be paid out of the general fund.
  • The organization of the commission. November is the delegated date for the election of officers for the Cullman County Commission on Education. The Board accepted nominations for the 2022-2023 Board Chairman and Vice President. Kenny Brockman was elected chairman and Gene Sullins vice president. The swearing-in takes place in January.

Superintendent Barnette reported the following:

  • On Friday, November 18th, November 2ndnd 9 weeks progress reports go home.
  • Nov 21St– 25th is Thanksgiving. 12-month employees work Mondays and Tuesdays.

The CCBOE Personnel Report has been voted on and will be released at a later date.

The next board meeting will be held at the central office on Thursday 15th December with the working session starting at 3.30pm followed by the regular meeting.

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