During its recent meeting, the Albertville City Schools Board of Education (BOE) approved changing the name of Evans Elementary School to Albertville Intermediate School on Evans Campus.

Effective July 1, the school will have a name that clearly indicated its Albertville identity, according to Superintendent Boyd English. He said when students are outside the city for sports, academic events and traveling for other school-related events, others don’t always realize that Evans Elementary School is in Albertville.

Continuing to honor the Evans Family was a top priority, English said. Since the Evans Family donated the property the school sits on today, he said it was important to the BOE to keep the Evans name in the title.

“We always want to consider the community, and we did reach out to the Evans Family,” he said. “We still want to show that we are grateful for their generous donation.”

In July 2019, the BOE approved to change the name of Big Spring Lake Kindergarten to Albertville Kindergarten and Pre-K for the same reason. After the name change last year, English told The Reporter the BOE wanted to “bring every school into the Albertville brand.”

“We’re lucky enough to have competitions all over the state,” English said, after approving the name change in 2019. “At the competitions, we don’t want people guessing where our school is from. We want them to see the Albertville name and realize what a great school system we have.”

Before the meeting adjourned, English thanked the BOE for making a Board Appreciation Presentation.

He told the BOE all the furniture and equipment had arrived for the STEM bus, and it “should be ready to go to Evans in a couple of weeks.”

English said the construction at Albertville Middle School was on schedule.

He also commended the AMS Band for being invited to perform at the Alabama Music Educator’s Conference.

In other business, the BOE:

• Approved the transfer of Melinda McWhorter from 9-month aide at Evans to 12-month system-wide bookkeeper, effective Jan. 22.

• Approved the hire of Sherry Taylor as the temporary secondary teacher at Albertville High School (AHS), effective Jan. 22 - May 28 to fill in for a leave of absence (LOA).

• Approved the hire of Zoraima Padilla (3437), 10-month attendance/enrollment secretary (replacing Kathyrn Lamb) at the central office, effective Jan.27.

• Approved Katie Battles as assistant junior varsity (JV) softball coach, to be paid $1,000 from the AHS Softball Boosters, effective Jan. 22 - April 30.

• Approved April Pritchett to serve in LOA for second semester leadership team supplement, effective Jan. 22 - May 28.

• Approved Spring Charles as cheer coach during LOA for 31 days at AHS, effective Jan. 23 - March 6.

• Approved Frankie May to work security for the Diamond Classic at his overtime rate of $34.96 per hour, effective Feb. 7 - 8.

• Approved Amanda Bean as a child nutrition program (CNP) manager for the Diamond Classic, to be paid $28.36 not to exceed 26 hours, effective Feb. 7 - 8.

• Approved for Sherry Taylor to teach during her planning period at an eighth of her daily rate, effective through the LOA.

• Approved Jason Michael as a volunteer pole vault coach for the AHS track team, effective Jan. 22 - May 22.

• Approved Kobe Leonard as a volunteer tennis coach for AHS tennis team, effective Jan. 22 - May 22.

• Approved the following independent contracts:

1. Janna Gladden (Bocksteens) to provide costume services for the show choir for the 2020 show choir season, to be paid and not to exceed $1,294.50, effective Dec. 12, 2019 - May 22.

2. Avery Tucker to provide his services as a judge for the Diamond Classic Show Choir Competition, to be paid and not to exceed $850, effective Feb. 7 - 8.

3. Rebecca Walker to provide her services as a judge for the Diamond Classic Show Choir Competition, to be paid and not to exceed $850, effective Feb. 7 - 8.

4. Allen Chapman to provide his services as a judge for the Diamond Classic Show Choir Competition, to be paid and not to exceed $850, effective Feb. 7 - 8.

5. Lora-Jean Jones to provide her services as a judge for the Diamond Classic Show Choir Competition, to be paid and not to exceed $850, effective Feb. 7 - 8.

6. Hersel Cremeans to provide his services as a judge for the Diamond Classic Show Choir Competition, to be paid and not to exceed $850, effective Feb. 7 - 8.

7. Steve Archer providing sound services through Archer Media Group for the Diamond Classic Show Choir Competition, to be paid and not to exceed $650, effective Feb. 7 - 8.

8. Jeff Bowen providing services through Music Arrangement Services Inc. as a judge for the Diamond Classic Show Choir Competition, to be paid and not to exceed $850, effective Feb. 7 - 8.

9. Orlando Argote to provide his services as assistant soccer coach for AHS, to be paid $1,200 per approved salary schedule, effective Jan. 22 - May 22.

• Approved the out of state trips for CenterStage! to travel to Tifton, Georgia, to compete in the Tift County Peach Invitational Competition, Saturday, March 14, and the Albertville Middle School eighth grade band to travel to Six Flags Over Georgia for a reward for Area Performance on May 8.

• Approved the agreement with INTL FCStone Financial Inc. to pursue savings on current bond issues.

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