Several educators were honored at the latest Boaz City Schools Board of Education meeting.

Five teachers were named teachers of the year on Jan. 23, including Cara Davis, Boaz Elementary School; Frances Miller, Corley Elementary School; McKenzie Spurlin, Boaz Intermediate School; Meagan Buttram, Boaz Middle School; and Jill Lacks, Boaz High School.

Spurlin was also named elementary teacher of the year and Boaz City Schools System’s overall teacher of the year. Buttram was also named secondary teacher of the year.

“We are so happy for our teachers who were chosen teachers of the year at their respective schools,” Superintendent Todd Haynie said. “They are a great representation for the wonderful educators we are fortunate to have teaching in our district.”

Six other educators were recognized for recently becoming National Board Certified Teachers, including Anna Bone, Christy Marsh, Kristi Holland, Jennifer Williamson, Brandy McClendon and MaryAnn Nicholson.

National Board Certification is a voluntary, advanced teaching credential that goes beyond state licensure, according to the National Education Association. It has national standards for what accomplished teachers “should know and be able to do.” Only after successfully completing its “rigorous” certification process are teachers certified by the National Board.

In other business, the board:

• Approved December 2019 payroll.

• Approved out-of-state travel for Boaz High School cheerleaders to compete at the National Championship in Orlando, Florida.

• Approved out-of-state travel for Boaz High School softball to compete in a tournament held in Columbus, Georgia.

• Approved out-of-state travel for two Corley Elementary School teachers to attend the national “Get Your Teach On” conference in Orlando, Florida.

• Approved out-of-state travel for the Boaz High School varsity football defensive staff to attend a football clinic in Indianapolis, Indiana.

• Approved a $30,793.83 bid to Hawk Food Services for a walk-in freezer and shelving.

• Approved the following personnel actions:


1. Miranda Tyler – English learner (EL) teacher at Boaz Middle School, effective at the end of the day Jan. 31.


1. Ashley Campbell – homebound services, $25 per hour for three hours a week plus mileage.

2. Ariana Droze – substitute teacher.

3. Dana Wilder – substitute teacher.


1. John Barnett – English as a second language (ESL) teacher split between Boaz Middle School and Boaz High School to ESL teacher full time at Boaz Middle School, effective Feb. 3.

Leaves of Absence

1. Catastrophic leaves for an LPN/special education aide at Boaz Elementary School and a teacher at Boaz High School.

2. Regular leaves for a bus driver and a child nutrition program manager at Boaz High School.

[Editor’s Note: Boaz City Schools does not release the identity of employees placed on leave for privacy.]

Additional duties

Jeremy Lacks – Boaz Middle School girls golf coach, effective for the remainder of the 2019–2020 school year.

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