Resident addresses Pell City BOE about representation
by David Atchison
Apr 20, 2011 | 2003 views |  0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A St. Clair County man requested the Pell City School Board pass a resolution asking the local legislative delegation to step in and help form a voting school district.

“It’s taxation without representation,” Chester Green, a resident of Prescott, told members of the Pell City Board of Education Tuesday night. “I just want the right to vote.”

Green said 62 percent of the Pell City students live outside city, and only residents living within the city are allowed to vote for members of the Pell City Board of Education.

“Since 1982, you took our tax money but haven’t given us the right to vote,” Green said. “You say you have no money. What have you done with my money for the past 29 years?”

Green said he will continue to address the board until it takes action so residents living outside the city have representation on the board.

In another matter Tamela Greene, who is a parent of a student at Pell City High School, expressed concerns about student safety at the high school and about what the school board and parents can do to make the high school better for students.

At Tuesday night’s meeting, the board also recognized Duran South Beta Club members who recently competed in a state convention, and the seventh and eighth-grade baseball teams who captured the annual St. Clair County Baseball Championship.

In other matters, the board:

• Accepted the retirement of Walter M. Kennedy Elementary School teacher Karen Hand, and Eden Elementary School teachers Yvonne Bell and Judith Pruitt.

• Accepted the resignation of Pell City High School math teacher Heather Smith and system wide speech teacher Bonnie Hill.

• Approved to hire Ruby Ellis as the Pell City High School majorette sponsor.

• Approved to add the following people to the substitute teachers list: Angie Smith, Karla Lowery, Charity Mitcham and Connie Bodily.

• Approved the expulsion of a Pell City High School student.

• Approved to conduct summer school at the Pell City High School June 6-July 1 and hire one summer school contract teacher.

• Approved to accept the surplus bids for two Duran South portable trailers, one for the amount of $240 and the other for $340.

• Approved to purchase new furniture for Iola Roberts Elementary School in the amount of $165,959, and for the Pell City High School in the amount of $60,664. Renovation and addition projects are under way at both schools.

• Announced that a work session is slated for 6 p.m., Tuesday, in the Golden Conference Room of the Central Office, and the next regularly scheduled board meeting is set for 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 17.

Contact David Atchison at datchison@dailyhome.com.

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