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Demopolis school board amends policies, hears audit report

The Demopolis Board of Education revised a couple of policies in the school system’s handbook and heard the audit report for FY2013 in Monday night’s meeting.

Superintendent Al Griffin presented two policy revisions to the DCS handbook. The first concerned the appointment of special committees by the school board instead of solely by the chairman. The second changed the amount of cash that may be kept on hand at schools. Previously the policy said no more than $100 could be kept in a school’s vault, but the board voted to change the wording to say that the money must be deposited either the same day it is received or the next business day. The changes were approved unanimously.

Emily Tyler of the Department of Examiners of Public Accounts presented the audit of FY2013. The audit committee found two instances of non-compliance with state and local laws and regulations, but both have been corrected.

The board also approved a Memorandum of Understanding with the Demopolis Police Department for the support of a second School Resource Officer to work at Westside and U.S. Jones. Officer Elzora Fluker will be the officer for those schools.

School system CFO Evelyn James reported that sales tax revenue is up $53,000 from the same period last year, which the board members were proud to hear.

“The Shop Demop campaign is working,” Griffin said. “Keep wearing those wristbands and shopping local.”

In other business, the board approved a long list of personnel recommendations from Griffin as follows:

•Contract for Leon Clark

•Maternity leave for Ashley Brock and Meggin Mayben

•Resignation of Andi Turberville as DHS Cheerleader Coach at the end of the school year

•Accept Gear-Up Alabama recommendation of Julie Massey as Demopolis Middle School Team Leader, with Susan Browder as alternate

•Fleming Tartt as DHS tennis volunteer

•Retirement of Mary Webb as WES bookkeeper

•Open WES bookkeeper position until filled with a 14-day minimum posting through March 2

•Modification of Family and Medical Leave for Andy Card

•Resignation of Mike Randall for the Central Office Cleaning Supplement

•Reinstate Jennifer Roemen for the Central Office Cleaning Supplement

•Family and Medical Leave request for Andrea Johnson and Jeanette Rainey

•Carl Christopher Bolden for DHS custodian

The board also approved the following overnight travel requests:

•HOSA Club to attend the state competition in Montgomery on Feb. 26-27

•Junior Beta Club to attend the state convention in Birmingham from March 17-20

•DHS cheerleaders to attend camp at UA in Tuscaloosa May 26-29

•DHS varsity baseball on March 10 to Montgomery and March 31 to Alex City for tournaments

•DHS softball for multiple events in multiple locations throughout the season

The next regular meeting for the board will be held Monday, March 16 at 5:15 p.m.