Alabaster BOE calls meeting to review school facilities

Published 10:29 am Tuesday, January 15, 2013

By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor

The Alabaster Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 22 to review the findings of an assessment of the school facilities in the city.

Alabaster Interim School Superintendent Dr. Phillip Hammonds announced the special meeting during a Jan. 14 Alabaster School Board meeting. The time for the special meeting has not yet been finalized.

During the special meeting, which will be held at the Alabaster Senior Center, the Alabaster School Board will meet with a representative from the Birmingham-based Volkert company, which the School Board hired in November to conduct a thorough assessment of the school facilities in the city.

Although a Volkert representative originally was scheduled to present the assessment results during the Alabaster School’s Board’s regular meeting on Jan. 14, a scheduling conflict caused the board to call the special meeting.

In other business, the Alabaster School Board:

-Agreed to pay $76,234 to purchase finance-related software and hardware from CSI Technology Outfitters.

The software will help Alabaster School System employees prepare to print employee checks, perform accounting and budgeting duties and more, Hammonds said. The hardware and software will be delivered in about “four to six weeks,” Hammonds said.

-Approved a job description for an administrator of technology and information systems. Hammonds said he planned to forward the job description to organizations across the state to advertise the job opening.

School Board member Linda Church said the school board has been seeking input from current teachers and administrators while compiling job descriptions.

-Approved an agreement with the Denning e-solutions company to help develop a temporary website for the Alabaster School System. Hammonds said the website will help the board post updates, host a question-and-answer section and more.

-Approved Alabama Risk Management for Schools insurance coverage.

-Presented certificates and books from the “Who Was” book series to the School Board members in observance of School Board Recognition Month.

The books, which will include a sticker inside their front covers honoring the founding Alabaster BOE members, will be donated to libraries in the city’s schools.