Albertville Teachers of the Year

The Reporter | Huck Treadwell

The Albertville City School System’s Teachers of the Year are (front row, from left) Big Spring Lake teacher Heather Fann, Albertville Primary School teacher Shanna Battles, Albertville Elementary School teacher Lindsay Duquette, Evans Elementary School teacher KayLaura Miller and Albertville High School teacher Blake Nelson. Albertville Middle School teacher Kristen Elkins is not pictured. (Back, from left) Superintendent Dr. Boyd English, Big Spring Lake Kindergarten Principal Tracy Penney, Albertville Primary School Principal Vanessa Fowler, Albertville Elementary School Principal Mona Sheets, Evans Elementary School Principal Robert Sims, Albertville Middle School Principal Lance Kitchens, Albertville High School Principal Deidra Robinson and Albertville City Schools Foundation President Bert Bray.

The Albertville City School system named its Teachers of the Year for 2019.

A teacher from each of the city’s six schools were selected as a Teacher of the Year by their peers. Albertville Superintendent Dr. Boyd English presented each teacher with a bell shaped like an apple with their name and the year engraved on it. Bert Bray, president of the Albertville City Schools Foundation, presented each teacher with a certificate and $500 to be used on classroom materials.

“We have some outstanding educators,” English said. “We celebrate every one of them. But, for Teacher of the Year, you have to select one.”

The Teachers of the Year are Big Spring Lake teacher Heather Fann, Albertville Primary School teacher Shanna Battles, Albertville Elementary School teacher Lindsay Duquette, Evans Elementary School teacher KayLaura Miller, Albertville Middle School teacher Kristen Elkins and Albertville High School teacher Blake Nelson.

English also presented a revision to the school calendar changing the school year from 178 days to 180 days. The board had some concerns over the number of half days on the calendar. Several members said they had received a lot of complaints because there were five half days last year. English said he would

reconvene the calendar committee and bring the calendar back for a vote in March.

In other business:

  • The board approved English’s recommendation to add the following wording to its facilities use policy: “In the event of extenuating/catastrophic circumstances within the community, ACS BOE will consider action for waiver from the schedule contained within the rental policy. This will require Board approval.”
  • The board approved a request from Lifepoint Ministries to use the cafeteria foyer, library and gym at Albertville Primary School and Albertville Elementary School for Sunday services. Lifepoint’s children’s building was destroyed by fire on Feb. 7. In return for use of the building, Lifepoint will donate new production equipment, both sound and lighting, to the school system. Lifepoint will pay for the equipment and installation.
  • The board approved English’s recommendation to leverage $1.6-1.7 million to build four additional classrooms at Albertville Middle School. The Alabama Public School and College Authority was created by an act of the Alabama Legislature in 1998. The Authority issues Capital Improvement Bonds and every school board in the state can choose whether or not to participate. The bond issue allows school systems to finance larger capital projects and share the cost of the bond issue across all school systems participating.
  • In other business:
  • The board approved English’s recommendation to add the following wording to its facilities use policy: “In the event of extenuating/catastrophic circumstances within the community, ACS BOE will consider action for waiver from the schedule contained within the rental policy. This will require Board approval.”
  • The board approved a request from Lifepoint Ministries to use the foyer, library and gym at Albertville Primary School and Albertville Elementary School for Sunday services. Lifepoint’s children’s building was destroyed by fire on Feb. 7. In return for use of the building, Lifepoint will donate new production equipment, both sound and lighting, to the school system. Lifepoint will pay for the equipment and installation.
  • The board approved English’s recommendation to leverage $1.6-1.7 million to build four additional classrooms at Albertville Middle School. The Alabama Public School and College Authority was created by an act of the Alabama Legislature in 1998. The Authority issues Capital Improvement Bonds and every school board in the state can choose whether or not to participate. The bond issue allows school systems to finance larger capital projects and share the cost of the bond issue across all school systems participating.
  • The board approved the purchase of a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD truck for $14,000 from Headland Plumbing Company. The truck will be used by the school system’s maintenance department.
  • The board also authorized the use of nine school buses to be used for transportation at HydroFest June 28-30.

The board approved the following out-of-state trips:

  • Albertville High School second year English learner students to travel to Chattanooga, Tennessee, to visit the Tennessee Aquarium on March 14.
  • Albertville High School Future Farmers of America to travel to Washington, D.C., for a Leadership Conference, July 9-14.
  • Albertville High School business marketing class to travel to Atlanta, Georgia, for Six Flags Education Day and Braves Education Night, April 26-27.
  • The Aggie Band to travel to Washington, D.C., to perform in the 2020 National Cherry Blossom Parade March 31- April 6, 2020.
  • Albertville High School algebra with finance students to attend Education Day and Six Flags Over Georgia in Austell, Georgia, April 19, 2019.

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