Crossville Named as A+ School of Excellence

Crossville Named as A+ School of Excellence

Marla Jones, Managing Editor

Rainsville, Ala.-- (Full video on Southern Torch Facebook) The DeKalb County Board of Education meeting was held on Tuesday, October 18.

Crossville School was recognized as an A+ College Ready School of Excellence.  Crossville has one of the largest Hispanic populations in the State.  ⅓ of the student population at Crossville is currently taking Advanced Placement (AP) Classes. Crossville was named “Leader of the Pack”  for schools in DeKalb County. They have a full-time art teacher and a Robotics class.  To give back to the community, plans are underway to have students sell and design digital advertisements for community businesses.  

In a disciplinary action, James “Mack” White of Henagar Junior High was suspended for four days without pay.

The following Retirements/Resignations were approved: 

  •  Kelly Lee - English Teacher - Sylvania High School - Retirement - 11/1/22 
  • Harry Randy Keller - Bus Driver - Ider High School - Retirement - 11/1/22 
  •  Amanda Lambert - Itinerant Speech Language Pathologist - Retirement date amended from 8/1/22 to 9/1/22 
  •  Rita Nugent - CNP Worker - Geraldine High School - Resignation - 10/1/22 
  •  Robert Bryant - Assistant Custodian (7-hour/ 9-month) - Crossville Middle School - Resignation - 9/30/22 
  • Sherri Phillips - Elementary Teacher - Crossville Middle School - Resignation - 10/21/22 
  •  Chris Davis - Band Director - Plainview High School - Resignation - 10/24/22 

The following Leaves of Absence were granted:

  • Tracie Ford - Elementary Teacher - Crossville Middle School - 8/1/22-1/1/23 
  • Amanda McKee - CNP Worker - Fyffe High School - 8/1/22-11/17/22 (Extended from 8/29/22) 
  • Carlie Brown - Elementary Teacher - Crossville Middle School - 9/15/22-1/1/23 

The following On-the-Job Injuries were approved:

  • Nicole Travis Green - Pre-K Auxiliary - Fyffe High School - 55 days (Extended from 33 days) 
  • Erin Rowell - Bus Driver - Geraldine High School - 0 days 

The following Placements were made (All placements are made pending a background review meeting suitability criteria and negative, pre-employment drug screen and appropriate certification) 


  •  Rebecca Arrington - Science Teacher (Leave from 9/26/22-11/18/22) - Ider High School 


  • Marilyn Parker - CNP Worker - Crossville Middle School 
  •  Laura Bryant - CNP Worker - Geraldine High School 
  • Lana Bloxom - CNP Worker - Geraldine High School  
  • Rickey Edmonson - Custodian (12 months) - Crossville Elementary School 
  •  Glenda Moses - Itinerant Bus Aide - Fyffe Special Services Center 
  • Kendi Alverson - CNP Worker - Geraldine High School 
  • Michael Brown - Computer Hardware/Software Technician - Facilities Building 
  • Jessica Dixon - Itinerant Special Education Paraprofessional - Sylvania High School 

Volunteer Coaches:

Sylvania High School 

  • Austin Wilson - Football 
  •  Justin Lea - Football 
  •  Luke Smith - Softball 

 Plainview High School 

  • Jason Keef - Cheer 

The following Contracts were approved by the Board:

  • October 18, 2022 Contracts Report 
  •  Peyton Wilbanks - Special Education Bus Aide - Fyffe Special Services Center 
  •  Kent Bouldin - Coaching and Teaching Duties - Crossville Middle School 
  • Gelane Nelson - School Counseling Services - Valley Head High School 
  • Amanda Ashley - Special Education Paraprofessional Services - Sylvania High School 
  • Lindsay Cole - Custodial Support - Valley Head High School 
  • Tammy Smith - 3-hour Cashier - Henagar Jr. High School 
  • Rylee Blalock - CNP Data Entry - Central Office 

In other Business, the Board: 

  • Granted Permission to Place Pending Board Approval to Superintendent Wayne Lyles. 
  •  increased Store Worker Salary from $9.69/hour to $11.00/hour 
  • Approved the Five-Year Capital Plan 
  • Donated $25,000 more to the Valley Head High School Baseball Field 
  • Appointed Monty Darwin and Robert Elliott to the 2022-2023 Policy Committee 
  • Congratulated the  Regional Volleyball Teams - Fyffe High School, Ider High School, Geraldine High School, and Plainview High School and the DeKalb County Volleyball Champions - Plainview High School
  • Appointed Board Members Randy Peppers and Kelly Armstrong with Robert Elliott as an alternate to the AASB Assembly Delegate Selection 
  • Approved the Concession and Vending Beverages Contract for Collinsville High School with Buffalo Rock 

The date of the next DeKalb County Board of Education meeting will be November 17. A work session will be held at 4:30 p.m. and the  regular meeting begins at 5:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room of the Facilities Building.

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