Calhoun County Board of Education delays start of school year for Common Core teacher training
by Madasyn Czebiniak
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The Calhoun County Board of Education on Tuesday voted to begin the school year a week later to allow teachers two weeks of training on new curriculum standards.

The board approved the changes at Superintendent Joe Dyar’s recommendation. School will begin Aug. 19 instead of Aug. 14 as part of a plan to get teachers 14 days of training on Alabama College and Career Ready Standards.

The Alabama State Board of Education adopted the standards in 2010. They’re based on the Common Core Standards Initiative, a movement to adopt similar core academic standards in states across the country.

The state board’s move drew opposition from conservative activists, who decried Common Core as a plot to hand control of Alabama's school policy over to the federal government.

Sen. Scott Beason, R-Gardendale, in April filed a bill to ban the implementation of the standards in Alabama. However, Sen. Del Marsh, R-Anniston, the president pro tempore of the Senate, put the bill on hold in April, saying lawmakers needed more time to discuss the Common Core issue.

The Calhoun County Board of Education on Tuesday approved changes to the 2013-14 school year calendar unanimously.

Linda Bollendor, the chief financial officer, also said the board stayed within its budget for the 2012-13 school year.

Bollendor added a shift of $50,000 from the state line item funds to the capital project funds allowed the board to pay for a new roof on the transportation building even though it had not originally been in the budget.

“We have a flexibility with capital project money and the state allowed us to transfer money,” Dyar said. “It made the greatest need so it got approval.”

The board went into executive session to discuss the job performance of certain Calhoun county employees before its members adjourned.

The board also allowed three women to speak during the open comments portion of the meeting. The women spoke highly of former Ohatchee High School math teacher and cheerleading coach Jenniffer McGlaughn whom the board dismissed at the May meeting.

“She has brought joy to OHS. Without her there it would not be the same,” varsity cheer captain Hanna Brown, said.

Dyar said he could not disclose the full reason for McGlaughn’s dismissal because of state laws but said the principal at Ohatchee High School recommended McGlaughn for non-renewal and Dyar agreed with the principal’s decision.

Efforts to reach McGlaughn Tuesday evening and Wednesday afternoon were unsuccessful.

Board Chairman David Gilmore thanked the women for their appreciation for their school and community.

In other business, the board:

— Awarded bids to supply schools with new equipment such as conventional ovens, warmers, and a walk-through refrigerator. Bids were awarded to McCormick Refrigeration of Anniston for the refrigerator ($3,332) and warmers ($3,383) and to Bresco Restaurant Equipment and Supplies for the ovens ($23,774).

— Presented awards to the Alexandria High School girls’ golf team for winning first place in the county and second in the state championships this past season.

— Presented awards to the White Plains middle and elementary schools and Saks Middle School for winning first and second place in the Calhoun County math tournament.

Staff writer Madasyn Czebiniak: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @MCzebiniak_Star.

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