The Walker County Board of Education has approved a contract to make area schools safer.At Tuesday's meeting of the school board, a security contract was approved with the Walker County Sheriff's …
The Walker County Board of Education has approved a contract to make area schools safer.
At Tuesday's meeting of the school board, a security contract was approved with the Walker County Sheriff's Department to have school resource officers assigned to Valley Jr. High School, Curry schools and Lupton Jr. High School.
The absence of a police department in the communities of Valley, Curry and Lupton prompted the contract between the school board and sheriff's office.
Prior to the current school year, then-Walker County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jason Adkins spoke to Walker County Sheriff Jim Underwood to arrange the agreement. Both parties reportedly had a phone conference and agreed to the hiring of deputies to patrol the school campuses of Lupton, Valley and Curry.
The contract comes at a cost of $45,000.
Police departments in other municipalities are responsible for patrolling other schools in the Walker County Schools system.
In other business, the school board:
• Approved three assistant principal positions.
Dadrian Saige Beaty has been named the new assistant principal of Curry High School, a spot that had been left vacant by Eric Woodley, who is now the school's principal.
Haley Moore will now serve as an assistant principal at Curry Elementary School, and Melinda Boots was named assistant principal of Carbon Hill Elementary/Jr. High School.
A list of other support and professional positions were also approved by the school board.
• Voted for five volunteer coaches — Robert J. Wilson (Oakman High School, boys basketball), Shane Madison (Carbon Hill High School, golf), James McDonald (Carbon Hill High, football), Austin Ivie (Carbon Hill High, football and baseball) and Joey Lee (Carbon Hill High, sport undisclosed).
• Agreed to coaching supplement increases. In comparison to the budget approved by the school board last September, the amount of the increase will vary — anywhere from $300 to $500, depending on the sport in question. Payment increases have been realized for varsity assistant coaches and junior varsity coaches in the sports of baseball, softball and volleyball. Middle school coaches in baseball, seventh-grade basketball, softball and seventh- and eighth-grade volleyball will also see pay increases, along with varsity and middle school archery coaches.
The pay for all positions mentioned will now be $1,000.