Boaz City Schools recently welcomed a new employee to the system that’s a little furrier than the rest.

At its latest meeting, the Boaz City Schools Board of Education was introduced to north Alabama’s first school facility dog, Sully.

“There’s been a lot of years of planning and hard work to welcome this new employee, and we are so pleased to finally get to introduce him tonight,” Boaz Superintendent Shannon Stanley, Ph.D., said.

Thanks to a grant from the State Department of Education and Service Dogs of Alabama, who partnered to see facility dogs utilized on school campuses, Sully will join the Pirate family for the 2019-2020 school year. Boaz High School Media Specialist Juddie Walker, Sully’s handler, said the one-and-a-half year old golden doodle could prove to be a great asset for the system.

“He’s precious,” Walker said. “He’s been training for a year and a half extensively with Service Dogs of Alabama. He’s trained with a prisoner one-on-one, which is how they start the training process with programs in Hope Hull and Falkville.”

Dogs trained by Service Dogs of Alabama, like Sully, can do a number of things like sense oncoming seizures, help with a person’s mobility and aid people with anxiety issues.

The plan for Sully is to use his services for students who suffer from test anxiety or who need a reading buddy. Walker said many schools reported test scores have risen in schools staffed with facility dogs.

Walker and her husband, Josh, Boaz Elementary School’s principal, keep Sully at their home. She said it’s been fun at times, especially with their children, but she wants people to remember that Sully isn’t their family pet.

“He’s not our pet,” she said. “This isn’t just a dog we got just because we thought he was cute. He has been trained to come to a school system, and we were just lucky enough to be chosen as his school system.”

In other business, the board approved the following personnel actions:

Employments

• Amy Pointer – fourth grade teacher at Boaz Intermediate School (BIS), effective 2019-2020 school year

• Heather McBrayer – fourth grade teacher at BIS, effective 2019-2020 school year

• Crystal Whitaker – Child Nutrition Program employee at Boaz High School (BHS), effective 2019-2020 school year

• Chris Vaughn – math teacher at BHS, effective 2019-2020 school year

• Vianey Carrera – elementary teacher at Corley Elementary School (CES), effective 2019-2020 school year

• Terri Taylor – elementary teacher at CES, effective 2019-2020 school year

• Ashley Campbell – special education teacher at Boaz Middle School (BMS)/BHS, effective 2019-2020 school year

• Vickey Trammell – special education aide at BMS, effective 2019-2020 school year

• Michael Campbell – elementary teacher at BMS, effective 2019-2020 school year

• Sarah Allen – elementary teacher at BMS, effective 2019-2020 school year

• Elizabeth Lockhart – science teacher at BMS, effective 2019-2020 school year

• Amy Holladay – math teacher at BHS, effective 2019-2020 school year

Resignations

• Rebecca Kinney – lead nurse; effective at the end of the day June 30.

• Angie Sparks – elementary teacher at CES, effective immediately

• Jennifer Blevins – sixth grade teacher at BMS, effective immediately

Coaching Supplement Resignations:

• Jeremy Lacks – BMS girls golf coach

• Brian Hinton – BMS head softball coach

• Taylor Taunton – seventh grade science teacher at BMS, effective immediately

• Lawanda Mitchell – special education teacher at CES, effective immediately

• Blake Beam – math teacher and coach at BHS, effective June 28, 2019

Leaves of Absence

• Anna Bone – teacher at Boaz Elementary School (BES), effective Aug. 1 through Sept. 3

• Cody Sampson – catastrophic leave – custodian at CES, effective June 13 through Aug. 8

Transfers

• Kathryn Elkins – sixth grade math teacher at BMS to special education teacher at CES, effective 2019-2020 school year

• Jeremy Lack – special education aide at BMS to special education aide at BHS, effective 2019-2020 school year

• Chelsey Barker – second grade teacher at CES to counselor at BES, effective the 2019-2020 school year

Contract Renewal

• Rebecca Smith – chief school financial officer; effective July 1

• Josh Walker – principal at BES, effective July 1.

Contract for Services

• Cale Black – summer boys basketball training

• Tyler Ray – student technology worker, May 24 through Aug. 31

• Becky Ray – part-time career technical supervisor

• Eda Rutledge – part-time, co-op

• Marie Lybrand – part-time bookkeeper at BHS

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