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Fire in the Valley: Torch HQ relocates

By Marla Jones Managing Editor marla@southerntorch.com

FORT PAYNE, Ala.--Southern Torch is moving to our brand new offices in downtown Fort Payne this week and next week. Our

broadcasting operations have just moved and the remainder of our operations and staff are in the process of moving. Service areas, phone numbers, and other pertinent information will remain the same. Eight years ago,

Southern Torch opened their doors in Rainsville as an online news source. In May of 2015, Southern Torch expanded their reach with a printed newspaper product. Today, Southern Torch averages over 60,000 website visits per month

and has an online following of over 41,000 across all social media platforms that share free content with our audience. Two years ago, Southern Torch expanded its reach into the radio market. With the

purchase of two radio stations, WKEA 98-3 Wild Country and WMXN 101-7 The Torch, along with the addition of Fort Payne’s oldest radio station WFPA, the reach of

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FINALLY: A BASEBALL FIELD FOR VALLEY HEAD SCHOOL By Marla Jones Managing Editor marla@southerntorch.com

The DeKalb County Board of Education members presented Dr. Jason Barnett with a plaque of appreciation at last weeks board meeting.

RAINSVILLE, Ala.-- The DeKalb County Board of Education held their regularly scheduled meeting on May 27, 2021. The meeting was the last meeting Dr Jason Barnett served as the DeKalb County Superintendent. Barnett accepted a position as Superintendent for the

Guntersville School System. Scott Timmons will serve as the interim Superintendent until a replacement for Barnett can be hired. At the meeting, Dr. Barnett advised the Board that after several years of negotiations, an agreement had been reached between the Town of Hammondville and the DeKalb County Board of Education for a baseball field for Valley Head High School.

At the meeting, the Board approved the following bids for the Child Nutrition Bids: CNP - Supplementary

Grocery Bid Renewal for 2021-2022 School Year CNP - Milk, Bread, Produce and Ice Cream Bid Renewal for 2021-2022 School Year. The Board approved the following on the job injury: Karen Simpson Elementary Teacher - Henagar

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Inside the Statehouse By Steve Flowers

The 2021 Legislative Session is in the books. I would rate it a success. When you pass budgets that are balanced, any session is a success. In fact, the only constitutional mandate given to the legislature is that they pass the two budgets. The amazing revelation that is almost difficult to comprehend is the fact that both the General Fund and the Educational Fund budgets were not only status quo but were flush with growth coming out of a year of the COVID pandemic. State employees and teachers both received raises in the budgets. Alabama is one of the few states in America that has not been devastated financially by the pandemic. A lot of credit for this good fiscal stability goes to the Chairmen of the Budget Committees in both the House and Senate. They have worked and strived diligently to pass conservative budgets with reserve accounts that have allowed the state to avoid rainy


days. The state owes a debt of gratitude and a tip of the hat to House Budget Chairmen, Bill Poole (R-Tuscaloosa) and Steve Clouse (R-Ozark) and Senate Finance Chairmen, Arthur Orr (R-Decatur) and Greg Albritton (R-Escambia). The Legislature dealt with a lot of high-profile issues. Not the least of which was the perennial issue of allowing doctors to prescribe medicinal marijuana for pain for their patients. This prescription has been allowed for years in many states. Now, Alabama doctors will be able to prescribe this medication to their patients. The gambling issue dominated the entire session. The state Senate passed the gambling proposal to send to the people for a vote. However, it failed in the House of Representatives. It is a Constitutional Amendment and therefore needs 21 votes in the 35-member State Senate and 63 votes in the State House of 105 member representatives. It does not even go to the governor for a signature but goes straight to the ballot.

The governor is very much for this initiative. However, it probably needs to be dealt with in a special session in order for it to pass. Governor Ivey needs to really promote the issue in a special session where it is the only issue dealt with and focused on. She has plenty of time. The Amendment if approved by legislators is not set to be voted on until the November 2022 General Election. This proposed constitutional amendment is a very all-encompassing gambling plan. It institutes a lottery, authorizes sports betting and legalizes casinos around the state. It is a constitutional amendment that will also be exact and detailed and with authoritative gambling policy enforcement procedures. This regulation of gambling has been needed for years because we already have gambling in Alabama. The new state gambling regulatory commission would oversee the lottery, as well as the five existing casinos in Macon, Mobile, Greene and Jefferson counties, and one yet to be determined in Northeast Alabama. This new location would be in the pristine Northeast Alabama mountains and would be given to the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. It would have the potential to

be a destination tourist attraction. The Poarch Creek casinos would continue to be regulated by federal statutes, but the state would be enabled to enter into a compact with the tribe for Class III table games. All lottery revenue would be directed to education, including scholarships for higher education and trade schools and a loan forgiveness program for graduates who locate back in Alabama. The annual revenue from casinos and sports betting would be divided for several uses. Almost 50% would be up to the legislature to appropriate toward capital or other non-recurring expenses. Forty percent would be earmarked for “enhanced health care services,” and 10% would be divided among counties and cities for “Capital or other non-recurring expenses.” Under the legislation for all gambling revenue up to 5% would be set aside for initiatives to help problem gamblers. This legislation pretty much tracks the recommendations of Governor Kay Ivey’s proposal and actually does not even require her signature. She was very prominently lobbying for its passage and will endorse its ratification by Alabama voters. It


will reap a significant amount of revenue for the State of Alabama. You may very well see it come up again this

year in a special session.


was the first DJ to sign on at the John T. Reid location back in the 1980’s. This summer Southern Torch will open an additional office on the Square in downtown Scottsboro to house our Jackson County news and sales staff. The office will be located at 208 South Broad Street and will also feature a radio studio tied into our main broadcasting operations at our new main office in Fort Payne. In the coming weeks, we will host a grand opening at our new facilities in Fort Payne and Scottsboro.

Southern Torch now serves a primary audience in DeKalb, Jackson, and Marshall counties. In January 2020, Jackson Blaze was developed as a subsidiary brand to host Jackson County news, happenings, and marketing efforts.

On Thursday evening, Radio Operations Manager Brian Anderson signed off the radio at our John T. Reid Parkway, Scottsboro location. It was an emotional time, going full circle for Anderson since he


By Marla Jones Managing Editor marla@southerntorch.com

The members of the All-Area Team are as follows: North Sand Mountain: Lake Bell Harley Tucker Dylan Marr Derek Bearden

DEKALB COUNTY, Ala.-- The DeKalb County Sports Hall of Fame will induct new members at their Dekalb County Sports Hall Of Fame Induction Banquet on Saturday June 12 at the Dekalb County Schools Coliseum beginning at 6:00 PM. This years class of inductees include: Mick Hedgepeth- Crossville Mike Holtzclaw-Fort Payne Donnie Jones- Collinsville Bobby Jones-Valley Head, Mike Shirley-Fort Payne, Michael Dryer-Fort Payne. Brent Tinker-Ider Butch Cassidy-Rainsville A limited number of tickets for the event will be available. Contact C.M. Sanford (256) 996-0513, Harold Bouldin (256) 638-5582, Sharon Jones (256) 630- 0371, Chuck Ables (256) 996- 3388 or any HOF Board Member for more information.

See you next week.

JACKSON & DEKALB COUNTIES, Ala.-- The 2021 Class 2A ALL AREA BASEBALL TEAM for Area 15 was recently announced. North Sand Mountain was awarded Area Champions. Ider was named the Area Runner Up.

Ider: Andrew Blevins Peyton Hood Hayden Jackson Matthew Norman Cody Tinker Keegan Whitaker

The Coach of the Year was awarded to Ivan Richards.

Section: Braden Arndt Drake McCutchen Dillan Pope Cole Woods

The Co-MVPs were Drake Holland and Russ Marr, both of North Sand Mountain.

Pisgah: John Burker Brody Parker


FRIDAY — JUNE 4, 2021




DEKALB COUNTY SENIOR CENTERS REOPEN By Marla Jones Managing Editor marla@southerntorch.com

your local Senior Center for their plan of reopening.

DEKALB COUNTY, Ala--The DeKalb County Council on Aging is pleased to announce that some of their programs will re-open this month. Senior Centers across Alabama are beginning to reopen their doors on June 1, after Alabama Governor Kay Ivey released the Centers on May 31 from the 42-page COVID guidelines. Check with

The DeKalb County Senior Centers will continue to serve meals in June the same way that they have been serving them during the pandemic. . The Center's hot meal program will not begin until sometime in July. Each center will discuss the meals with their clients in mid-June in preparation for the changes. Below is a list of start dates for Activities at the Council on Aging in Fort Payne:

- Ballroom Class - June 7 - Caregiver Support Group - June 3 - Duos & Solos (current members) - June 3 - Line Dance Classes - June 1 - Low Impact Exercise Class - June 7 - Parkinson's Support Group - June 10 - Round Dance Class - June 1 (Experienced dancers start any month. New dancers begin in June.) - Tai Chi Class - June 15 - Veterans Breakfast Social - June 10


Kudzu Milwork, Inc located at 1201 Echols Drive in Fort Payne held their ribbon cuttings on May 21. Kudzu Milwork specializes in custom windows for your new construction or remodel projects. They hosted their first food distribution with event with OneGenAway, recently giving away over 20,000 pounds of food to over 200 familes.


EVENTS Submit your upcoming events to nicky@southerntorch.com for a chance to be featured in next week's print edition of The Southern Torch!

June 3-5, 7, 10-12, 27th Annual CAC Dinner Theatre - The DeKalb County Children's Advocacy Center will hold their 27th Annual Dinner Theatre from June 3 to 5, June 7, and June 10-12 at 6:30 p.m. each night at Fort Payne First United Methodist Church's Christian Life Center in Fort Payne. June 4 Dekalb County Farmers Market - Summer Market Hours: June - September Tuesdays and Fridays, 3PM 6PMLocation: V.F.W. Fairgrounds, Fort Payne, AL June 4, The DeKalb Education Retirees Association - will meet on Friday, June 4th at 10:00 in the Fellowship Hall of Broadway Baptist Church, Rainsville. Jill Jackson, AERA Executive Director, will be the guest speaker. PLEASE plan to attend. Mentone Farmers Market Year Round Market Hours: Saturdays, 10AM 1PMLocation:6139

Alabama Highway 117, Mentone, AL June 5, DeKalb Co. Fiddler's Convention - Landmarks of DeKalb County, along with the City of Fort Payne, are reviving the DeKalb County Fiddler's Convention, a time-honored folk tradition at the historic Fort Payne Opera House. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, please call 256-845-6888. June 5, ATCU Community Shred Day at Fort Payne/ Centre - Alabama Teachers Credit Union will hold a Community Shred Day on Saturday, June 5 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at their Centre and Fort Payne. This event is free and open to the public to professionally discard personal information such as financial statements, receipts, old bills, confidential documents, and recycling. Limited to six (6) trash bags per person. June 6, Miss

Lookout Mountain Summer Cuties - Miss Lookout Mountain will present Summer Cuties of June 6, 2021 at Fort Payne City Council! Everyone gets a crown and a nice gift! Please contact Sherry Abernathy at saabernathy123@ gmail.com or Chastity McCutchen at mccutchen. chastity@yahoo.com for more information. June 9 Business & Industry Resource Workshop - You don't want to miss this free workshop held on June 9th at NACC. Learn more about Alabama Works and other employer programs available to you, email pclay@ dekalbeda.com. June 13, Homecoming - Old Flat Rock Church at Tenbrook, 4-in-Acord singers starting at 3:00pm, supper following. June 14 & 18 - Revival starting at 6pm. Different singers and preachers each night

Run - The event is for runners and walkers of all ages. (NEW RACE LOCATION) The race will begin and end at the DeKalb County Schools Coliseum located at 1504 Main St E.

Fulltime Director of Student Ministries Needed/Youth Pastor Needed: If you are passionately called with experience in full-time youth ministry, we’d like to connect. Please send your resume with references our way to our church administrator, Betsy at fumcfpadm@ bellsouth.net at fpfumc.org or Fort Payne First United Methodist Church. God bless!






To: Christine Schmidt, Tom Shinholster, Barrett Shinholster, Cindy Reed, Gary Reed


You're here by given notice that a Petition for Probate of Will and for Letters Testamentery has been filed by John Reed and Dan McRae in the Estate of Billy J. Reed, deceased. You are her by given notice that a hearing has been set for July 7, 2021 at 10:30 o'clock a.m. You may appear at said hearing at the DeKalb County Courthouse in Fort Payne, Alabama and may contest the same if you choose.

Letters of Administration of said deceased, who died on APRIL 14, 2020, having been granted to SANTOS GOMEZ RUIZ as Administrator, on the 17 day of March, 2021, by the Honorable Ronnie Osborn, Judge of the Probate Court of DEKALB County, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate are hereby required to present the same within time allowed by law or the same will be barred.

Said notice to be published on May 21, 28, & June 4.

Said notice to be published on May 28, June 4, & 11.




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LEGALS IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF DeKALB COUNTY, ALABAMA Case No. CV-2021900055.00 Bradley G. Scott and wife, MARTHA D.SCOTT Plaintiffs VS. Commence at a 6" Round Concrete Monument at the NW Corner of Lot 22 of Extension of Block J of Desoto Falls Park Plat Book 2 Page 103 Slide 62 Mentone, Alabama; thence N 84°38' 39;15"; E 313.26' to a 3/4" Pipe, the point of beginning; thence continue N 84°38'15" E 4.65' to Little River; thence S 17°53'12" E along said river 82.62'; thence leaving said river S 76°47'00" W 31.12' to a 3/4" Pipe; thence N 00°11'45" E 85.31'; having an area of 1478.57 square feet, 0.03 acre AND Fictitious Defendants “A” through “F” whose names and addresses are unknown, and any and all parties, including any persons claiming any present interest therein and including any persons claiming any future, contingent, reversionary, remainder, or other interest therein, who may claim any interest in the above- described property, Defendants NOTICE BY PUBLICATION PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT NOTICE HEREBY IS GIVEN TO: Any and all persons claiming any present interest in the real property described above, and including any persons claiming any reversionary, remainder, or other interest therein, who may claim interest in this real property. The Plaintiffs have filed a Verified Complaint to Quiet Title in the Circuit Court of Dekalb County, Alabama in Case Number CV-2021-900055.00 against the lands described above and against any or all parties listed above to establish the right and title of the Plaintiffs to the lands and to clear up all doubts or disputes concerning the same. Therefore, the Defendants and any persons claiming and interest in the real property must file an Answer to the Complaint in writing in the Circuit Court of Dekalb County, Alabama by July 28, 2021 or suffer default judgment against them. The Plaintiffs request that the Court will make and enter all orders, judgments, and decrees that may be necessary or proper in the premises, and upon a final hearing thereon, the Plaintiffs request that the Court will make and enter a decree that the Plaintiffs have the entire and undivided fee simple interest in the lands. The Plaintiffs further request such other, further, different, or general relief as they may be entitled in the premises. Said notice to be published June 4, 11, 18, & 25


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DEATH NOTICES Wilson Vuna Mae Daniel Ashley - 79, of Fort Payne, passed away Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at her home. Celebration of Life services will be 3 p.m. Friday. James Edward Pyle - 88, of Alexandria, Alabama, passed away Monday, May 24, 2021. A memorial service with military honors was held 4 p.m. Sunday, May 30th at Wilson Funeral Home. Lucille Arther - 92, of Fort Payne, passed away Thursday, May 27, 2021. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Wilson Funeral Home.

Cornerstone Margaret Idell Holland Horton - 81 of Flat Rock died Wednesday, May 26 at DeKalb Regional Medical Center. Funeral services are Tuesday at 2 pm.

Rainsville Jackie Scott - 74, of Henagar, formerly of Rainsville, peacefully passed away at home on Monday, May 31, 2021. Visitation will be at Rainsville Funeral Home on Thursday, June 3rd from 2:004:30pm. Graveside service at Mountain View Memory Gardens to follow. She is survived by her husband of 52 years,

Bill Scott, son and daughter-in-law: Roger and Emily Scott of Henagar, grandson, Joshua Scott, niece and nephew-in-law: Reda and Chris Davis, great-niece Chelsea Davis Blake and husband, Josh, and Layne Davis, all of Athens, Ala. Jackie was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Mae Davis, and a sister, Carol Davis Angrisano. Jackie taught elementary school for 25 years with DeKalb County schools, with most of those years enjoyed at Fyffe Elementary as a 2 nd -grade teacher. Jackie was a member at Robertson’s Chapel in Rainsville. Jackie deeply loved her family. She found tremendous satisfaction in making sure her family’s lives were bettered through the time she invested and the gifts she found so much joy in giving. It was this same desire to give to others that motivated her desire to educate and influence children. Jackie would want her fellow teachers and former students to know that she appreciated the opportunities to both teach and learn with them.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Rainsville Public Library.

Scottsboro Roy Richard Kennedy - 73, of Scottsboro, AL, passed away on Thursday, May 27, 2021. Funeral service will be held on Sunday, May 30, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. at Scottsboro Funeral Home. Isabelle Dulaney Frazier - 98, of Scottsboro, AL, was born January 18, 1923 and departed for Heaven on Friday, May 28, 2021. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. Margie Gayle Phillips - 72, of Scottsboro, AL, passed away on Friday, May 28, 2021. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Scottsboro Funeral Home. Houston Thrower 71, of Hytop, passed away on Sunday, May 30, 2021. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Hytop Holiness Church. Betty Jean Baker 78, of Scottsboro, passed away on Sunday, May 30, 2021. A visitation with family

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BASE FROM PAGE 1 Jr. High School - 15 days The following contracts were Non-Renewals/ Terminations: Cara Whitehead Assistant Principal Crossville Middle School - Non-Renewal (Effective 5/28/21) The following Retirements/Resignations were approved by the Board: Zeb England - Head Custodian - Geraldine High School - Retirement - 7/1/21 Chrystal Henderson - Assistant Principal Geraldine High School - Resignation - 5/28/21 Haley Harbour Elementary Teacher Crossville Elementary School - Resignation - 5/28/21 Jay Holcomb Elementary Teacher Crossville Elementary School - Resignation - 5/28/21 Jesslyn Cochran Elementary Teacher Geraldine High School - Resignation - 5/27/21 Monty Coker - Bus Driver - Crossville Elementary School Resignation - 5/26/21 Leah Barnett Secondary English Language Arts Teacher Plainview High School - Resignation - 6/01/21 The following Transfers were made: Ben Pickett Elementary Teacher at Sylvania High School to Elementary Teacher at Henagar Jr. High School; Mitch Mitchell Elementary Teacher at Henagar Jr. High School to Elementary Teacher at Sylvania High School (Effective 8/1/21) Heath Thrash Teacher at Fyffe High School to ½ Assistant Principal (10-months) / ½ Teacher (9-months) at Fyffe High School (2021-102) (Effective 7/1/21) Michelle Kincer CNPAssistant Manager at Moon Lake Elementary School to Jr. High CNP Manager at Henagar Jr. High School (2021-105) (Effective 7/1/21) April Hill - Elementary Teacher at Fyffe High School to Itinerant Instructional Elementary Literacy Coach for the District (2021-119) (Effective 7/1/21) Heather Paschal Elementary Teacher at Collinsville High School to Itinerant Instructional Elementary Mathematics Coach for the District (2021-120) (Effective 7/1/21) Beverly Ledbetter Secondary Mathematics Teacher at Sylvania High School to Itinerant Instructional Secondary Mathematics Coach for the District (2021-121) (Effective 7/1/21) Cori Wills Elementary Teacher at

Collinsville High School to Itinerant ARI Instructional Coach at Crossville Elementary School (2021-122) (Effective 7/1/21) Marilyn Brown - High School Counselor at Geraldine High School to Assistant Principal (10 months) at Geraldine High School (2021-124) (Effective 7/1/21) Hannah Brooks Elementary Teacher at Geraldine High School to Elementary Teacher at Sylvania High School (2021-111) (Effective 6/1/21) (Effective 7/1/21) Corey Dupree Secondary Mathematics Teacher at Valley Head to Principal at Valley Head High School (2021-077) 2 year probationary contract (6/1/2021-6/30/2023) Valerie Arnold Business Education Teacher at Collinsville High School to Itinerant Career Coach for the District (2021-093) (Effective 7/1/21) 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. Certified Jason Lindsey Elementary Teacher Plainview High School (Effective 8/1/21) James Shankles Secondary Teacher and Varsity Boys Basketball Coaching Duties Crossville High School (Effective 8/1/21) Melanie Wren Elementary Teacher Crossville Middle School (Effective 8/1/21) Jamie Pruett Secondary Teacher / Head Girls Basketball Coaching Duties - Ider High School (Effective 8/1/21) Madison Hagler Itinerant Fine Arts Teacher, District (Effective 8/1/21) Jennifer Wayner Elementary Teacher Crossville Middle School (Effective 8/1/21) Jordan Gilbert Elementary Teacher - Geraldine High School (Effective 8/1/21) Kayla Hammonds Williams - Elementary Teacher - Ider High School (Effective 8/1/21) Brody Allen Secondary English Language Arts Teacher Ruhama Jr. High School (Effective 8/1/21) Trey Gilbert Elementary Teacher - Geraldine High School (Effective 8/1/21) Hannah Vann Elementary Teacher Sylvania High School (Effective 8/1/21) Lillian Hawkins Elementary Teacher Crossville Elementary School (Effective 8/1/21) Ryan Clark - Head Softball Coaching Duties - Sylvania High School

Ian Richards - Head Baseball Coaching Duties - Sylvania High School Support Brian Mashburn Bus Driver - Fyffe High School (Effective 8/1/21) Tammy Greanleaf CNP Worker - Fyffe High School (Effective 8/1/21) Mandy Santiago CNP Worker - Sylvania High School (Effective 8/1/21) Leslie Foster - CNP Worker - Plainview High School (Effective 8/1/21) Josh Strange Custodian (12 months) Geraldine High School (Effective 7/1/21) The following Contracts were granted: Nicole Stiefel - SPED Pre-K Testing Suzanne Hunt Amended to Teacher Otis Washington - Mental Health Coordinator Jami Traylor - Ider Custodial Support Tasha Troxtel - Ider Custodial Support Sara Culpepper - Ider Bus Driver Larry Tilley - Ider Bus Driver Priscilla Frazier - DVA English Language Arts Teacher Deanna Brown Language Acquisition Coach Alex Thomas Student Technician Treston Cuzzort Student Technician Donovan Smith Student Technician Matthew McCollum - Student Technician Margaret Brown Clerical Central Office Paul Benefield- Teaching The following Summer program positions were granted: Ider Summer Program: Roland Anderson Bus Driver , Hannah Brooks - Teacher, Tyler Brooks - Teacher/ Administrator, Barbie Davis - Teacher, Traci Hulgan - Teacher, Diane Laney - Teacher, Shannon Pruett Substitute Teacher, Latasha Troxtel Custodian , Jonnie Frost - Art Teacher Valley Head Summer Program: Christi Black Teacher, Alex Carpenter - Custodian, Renea Day - Teacher - Renee Fraley - Teacher, Rex Harrison - Substitute Teacher, Amy Haymon - Teacher, Tonya Hilyer - Teacher, Nancy Frost - Teacher, Lynne Wagner - Teacher , Lesa Smith - Bus Driver,. Molly Bowland - Teacher, Autumn Fox - Teacher, Emma Hulsey - Teacher, Robin Pair - Teacher, Kaylee Sims - Teacher, Scarlett Sims- Teacher, Shannon Chappell Teacher , Christie Duncan - Teacher , Jonnie Frost - Art Teacher, Leah Richards-Nurse Henagar Summer

Program: Taylor Gilbert Substitute Teacher, Brooklyn Hicks - Teacher, Lisa Lacy - Substitute Teacher, Kevin Womack - Bus Driver, Jonnie Frost - Art Teacher, Diane Barret - Bus Driver Geraldine Summer Program: Melissa Gilbert Teacher, Taylor Finch Teacher, April Fowler - Nurse, Lyndsey Franklin - Teacher, Ginger Hill - Teacher, Teresa Jamison Teacher, Detha Johnson - Teacher, Dana Patterson - Teacher, Sharon Sibert- Bus Driver, Julie West Administrator, Trisha York - Bus Driver, Suzanne Armstrong - Bus Driver Moon Lake Summer Program: David Bailey Custodian, Kelbi Ballenger - Teacher , Karen Prestwood Teacher, Christa Sims Teacher, Cheryl Wilborn - Nurse Crossville Elementary Summer Program: Emily Bales Teacher, Daniel Bryant Teacher, Eric BryantAdministrator, Carliee Feemster - Teacher, Lydia Peek - Teacher, Amanda Rogers - Teacher Crossville 21st Century Summer Program: Jonnie Bales Teacher, Beth Gillispie Teacher, Stephanie Lacey - Bus Driver, Tammie Mountain - Bus Driver, Michael Peppers - Bus Driver, Alicia Seay - Bus Driver Fyffe Summer Program: Rebecca Westbrook - Nurse, Tim McCollum Administrator Sylvania Summer Program: Amy Gurley Teacher, Scarlett Sims Teacher, Krista Tilley Bus Driver Collinsville Summer Program: Jacob Brown - Teacher Ruhama Summer Program: Wanda Burt Teacher, Heather Conkle - Substitute Teacher, Amy Dennis - Teacher, Carla Hamilton - Teacher, Felicia Higdon - Teacher, Lori Morgan - Teacher, Sonya Pope - Substitute Teacher, Joclyn Salter Bus Driver, Scott Salter - Bus Driver, Amber Smith - Nurse, Melissa Warren

- Teacher, Ricky Willyard - Custodian Summer School : Marilyn Brown Teacher, Nicole Carroll Teacher, Kendall Cochran - Teacher, Viridiana Currier - Teacher, Joni Davis - Teacher, Lyndsey Franklin - Teacher, Priscilla Frazier - Teacher, Laney Gaddis - Teacher, Pamela Gifford - Teacher, Cindy Harrison - Teacher, Ariel Johnson - Teacher, Donna Jones - Teacher, Retha Kittle - Teacher, Vanessa Marroquin Teacher, Joel Matthews - Teacher, Stephanie McCreless - Teacher, Misty Mitchell - Teacher, Barry Mitchell - Teacher, Jessica Morgan Teacher, Whittany Nicholas - Teacher, Stephanie Poole Teacher, Luis Segura - Teacher, Teresa Smith - Teacher, Amy Spurgeon - Teacher, Coty Still - Teacher, Tammy Taylor - Teacher, Tracy Tidmore - Teacher, Leslie Waldrop - Teacher, Crystal White - Teacher, Paula Wilks Teacher, Kacy Wooten Teacher, Haley York - Teacher Migrant Summer Program: Rosemary Adams - Teacher, Jodie Barton - Teacher, Angel Blanks - Substitute Bus Driver, Teresa Bowen Custodian, Jacob Brown - Site Director, Marlene Bryant - Teacher, Avery Collins - Teacher, Raven Farrow - Nurse, Brenda Gembe - Bilingual Aide, James Hamby - Bus Driver, Debra Hamby - Bus Driver, Jessica Hernandez - Student Aide, Maria Jeffery Bilingual Aide, Deb Myers - Nurse, Yenifer Pedro - Student Aide, Sherry Roberson Teacher, Amy Robertson - Substitute Teacher, Lora Smith - Teacher, Randall Templeton - Bus Driver, Kendra Varner Teacher, Michaela White - Teacher, Breanna Williams - Bus Driver Plainview Summer 3-5 Intervention Program: Kristen Bates - Teacher Summer Grounds Workers:

Ean Pope Collinsville High School, Gregario Sarabia Collinsville High School, Hunter Hill - Sylvania High School, Brett Sims - Sylvania High School, Robert Bryant - Crossville Middle School, Allie Pruett - Ider High School, Manuel Officer - Ider High School, Ryan Johnson - Crossville Elementary School, Geo Chaparro - Plainview High School, Koby Harris - Fyffe High School, Antonio Roblero Crossville High School, Lucas Peppers Crossville High School In other business, the Board: The Board approved combining the salary schedules of the Administrative Assistant to the CNP Director, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent, and Assistant to the Federal Programs Coordinator. Approved a copy machine agreement between Berry and Dunn for the County schools. Granted an Athletic Club Supplement to Plainview Basketball Head Coach Robi Coker Gave authority to enter into lease Agreement/ Instructional Service Space Congratulated the Plainview Softball Team for winning the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Class 3A State Championship To close out the meeting, Randy Peppers presented Dr. Jason Barnett with a plaque to commemorate his years of service to DeKalb County Schools. The date of the next meeting of the DeKalb County Board of Education will be June 15, 2021. The meeting will begin at 10:00 A.M. in the Meeting Room at the Facilities Building.

Joseph K. McNew, D.V.M • Linda Galbraith, D.V.M. • Jessica Jones, D.V.M.

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