All DeKalb County Schools Are Accredited
August 1, 2019
Southern Torch (3918 articles)

All DeKalb County Schools Are Accredited

By Marla Jones, Managing Editor •

DeKALB COUNTY, Ala. — (Full Video on our Facebook) The DeKalb County Board of Education held their regularly scheduled meeting on July 30, at the Facilities Building. The Board started the meeting with a prayer for all the students and staff of DeKalb County as they will begin the new school year on August 7.

Superintendent Dr. Jason Barnett announced at the meeting that for the first time in DeKalb County School history, all schools are accredited through the year 2024.

“I am very excited to receive the certificate of Accreditation from the AdvancED accreditation board. For the first time in County History, the board and all of our county schools will be accredited. This is quite an accomplishment and means the work we are doing meets a high and rigorous national standard for our students. I want to thank all of our employees for their hard work and the communities for their strong and continued support of our schools.”

Dr. Barnett addressed the Board regarding the Salary and Supplements for Principals, Substitutes, Employee Attendances, Band Directors and Coaches. It was placed on the table for further review and consideration. 

Petroleum Bids were awarded to Cedar Bluff Oil Co., Inc. at a price of $2.170 per gallon for Gasoline, $1.880 per gallon for Diesel at $0.150 over Opis Low price. 

In other business, the following retirements and resignations were granted:

  • Roland Williams-Bus Driver ,Plainview-Retirement Effective 8/1/19
  • Brenda Chapman-CNP Worker, Ider-Retirement Effective 9/1/19
  • Sheena Marks-Family and Consumer Science Teacher, Sylvania-Resignation
  • Angela Bell-PreK Auxiliary, Valley Head-Resignation
  • Cody Willingham-Physical Education/Secondary Intervention Teacher, Sylvania-Declined 

The following Leave of Absences were granted:

  • Judith Releford-CNP Worker, Sylvania (8/1/19-8/30/19)
  • Scottie Davis-Bus Driver, Crossville (8/1/19-1/1/20)
  • Perla Crump-Itinerant Transliterator, System (9/19/19-12/20/19)

The following Transfers were made:

  • Tara Kirby from Elementary Teacher at Valley Head High School to Middle School English Language Arts at Henagar Jr. High School
  • Donnis Barkley from Middle School English Language Arts at Henagar Jr. High School to Elementary Teacher at Valley Head High School
  • Ian Richards from Physical Education Teacher at Crossville Middle School to Physical Education/Secondary Intervention Teacher at Sylvania High School
  • Lee Dalton from Itinerant Secondary Special Education Teacher at Geraldine High School to Assistant Principal (10 months) at Fyffe Special Services Center
  • Amy Dyar from Library Media Specialist at Crossville High School to Work Based Cooperative Education Instructor at the Technology Center
  • Chassidy Griggs from Elementary Teacher at Collinsville High School to Elementary Teacher at Plainview High School
  • Tiffany Conner from CNP Assistant Manager to CNP Manager at Henagar Jr. High School
  • Hannah Neel from Pre-K Auxiliary at Plainview High School to Family Consumer Sciences Teacher at Sylvania High School
  • Kim Osborn from Intervention Teacher to ½ Assistant Principal/ ½ Instructional Coach-Crossville Middle School
  • Lana Smith from Elementary Counselor at Geraldine High School to ½ Counselor/ ½ EL Teacher (10 months)-Crossville
  • Kelli Shirley from Elementary Teacher at Collinsville High School to Elementary Teacher at Ider High School

The following Placements were made:


  • Elizabeth Conn-Secondary General Sciences Teacher-Geraldine
  • Kaitlin Weaver-Secondary English Language Arts Teacher (Leave only from 8/1/19-5/27/20)/JH Volleyball Head Coach-Crossville
  • Taylor Finch-Elementary Teacher-Geraldine
  • Christina Ford-Secondary General Science Teacher-Crossville
  • Nicole Jensen-General Social Science/JV Girls Volleyball Head Coach-Crossville
  • Nakesha Furgerson-Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher-Ider
  • Drew Rainer-General Science Teacher-Ider
  • Erin Berry-PreK Teacher-Plainview
  • Lora Smith-PreK Teacher-Crossville
  • Christie Duncan-PreK-Valley Head
  • Kent Colvin-Physical Education-Crossville
  • Ann Brownfield-Elementary Teacher-Collinsville
  • Mikayla Brown-Elementary Teacher-Collinsville
  • Amy Hardin-Itinerant SPED Teacher


  • Chris Mattox-Bus Driver-Sylvania
  • Sheila Lewis-Assistant Custodian (4 hour)-Geraldine
  • Diane Barnett-Bus Driver Tech Route-Ider
  • Lisa Camp-Bus Driver-Crossville
  • Brittany Rhodews-CNP Worker-Crossville
  • Greg Kasinger-Bus Driver-Plainview


  • Sabrina Gore-Student Support Services
  • Penny Colvin-Behavioral and Autism Consulting
  • Kaitlyn Griffin-Testing Services
  • Janice Brown-Vision Assessments
  • Twin Acres-Physical Therapy
  • Crystal Smith-21st Century Moon Lake Student Aide
  • Peyton Knop-21st Century Crossville Summer Program Aide
  • Josh Lance-Summer Grounds Worker-Valley Head
  • Lorraine Willyard-Contract CNP Casier-Ruhama

The next DeKalb County Board of Education will be held on August 29, 2019. The work session will begin at 4:30pm and the regular meeting will begin at 5pm. 

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