Board members approved a resolution to honor Brenda Drummond, the board’s representative for District 1, who has held that seat for the past 12 years. Drummond, who did not seek re-election, will be replaced on the board by Jamie Rigsby, a Democrat, who has no opposition in the General Election. Lisa Miller, a Republican, withdrew her candidacy in May.
Drummond, the first woman to be elected as a board member, said she has enjoyed her 12 years on the Walker County Board of Education.
“It’s been 12 great years, and I’ve worked for four great superintendents,” she said. “During my time on the board, if I’ve been able to help even one child, I have accomplished something.”
Superintendent Jason Adkins said Drummond will be missed as a board member.
“During my time as superintendent, Brenda has been a tremendous asset to what we are trying to do as a school system,” he said. “She is a hard worker and cares about the students in her district and in all of Walker County.”
Brad Ingle, chairman of the Walker County BOE, said working with Drummond has been a great experience.
“It is my priviledge and pleasure to have served with you on the board,” Ingle told Drummond during Thursday’s meeting. “You will be missed and it is sad to see you go.”
Drummond was presented with a plaque of the resolution.
In other action from the meeting, the board:
•Approved continuous improvement plans from Carbon Hill High, Cordova High and Dora High.
•Approved volunteer coaches for Carbon Hill High and Oakman High
•Approved school trips for Oakman High’s 11th and 12th grade to visit Washington, D.C. May 15-19; Valley Junior High’s eighth graders to visit Panama City, Fla., Nov. 2-5 for Beta Club Leadership Training; and Sipsey Junior High fourth and sixth grades to visit Six Flags in Atlanta May 3-4.
•Approved a low bid to purchase a special needs school bus.
•Approved a low bid for construction on a concession stand at the baseball field at Cordova High School.
•Approved a lease renewal with Boldo Fire Department for the Union Chapel Station.
•Recognized Ingle and District 4 board member Sonia Waid for completing the AASB School Board Academy.
•Approved sending out for bids to update technology in all high schools by purchasing new computers and to demolish the old Cordova High School.
“On those two items, we are just sending out for bids,” Adkins said. “I want to see how they will come back. We’ll discuss it at the next meeting after the bids come back.”