Shelby County School Board: Martin, Zepeda are student reps

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Bus lift approved despite only 1 bid

By Todd Martin

The Shelby County School Board welcomed its two new student reps at Thursday’s meeting: Gwen Martin from Shelby County High School and Ashley Zepeda from Collins.

Martin is a senior at SCHS with a 4.6-weighted grade-point average. She’s is the former junior class president and Technology Student Association vice president and treasurer. She now serves on the student council and is a Governor’s Scholar, along with a four-year member of Beta Club and several other activities.

Zepeda is a senior at Collins with a 4.4-weighted grade-point average. She is president of the Beta Club and a member of the Teen Court. She was a candidate for Senior Class President, and is a current member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the National Honor Society.


Clear Creek bond refunding

The board and finance committee, working in conjunction with each other, voted to allow for the refunding of the 2004 bond issue for Clear Creek Elementary School. With just more than $9.6 million remaining, Dwight Salsbury of Ross, Sinclaire & Associates said the board would save a minimum of 5 percent with a refunding.

If the 5 percent cannot be met, the bonds would not be reissued.


New bus lift

After being tabled at the board’s last meeting in favor of pursuing additional bids, a new bus lift was approved for purchase by the board. The winning bid was for $112,818 from Norman Story. This was the only bid received for the job, but the district did solicit prices from two other companies, which came in higher than Norman Story.

Allen Phillips voted against the purchase.


Host school presentation

Heritage Elementary had a presentation from its Eaglerama group, which works in drama, music and related arts. The group sang a song called “Momma don’t ‘low,” and an Appalachian song that gave the students the chance to create some of their own lyrics. Students also performed a hip-hop rhythm routine with drumsticks that highlighted maintaining a beat.


Also at the meeting, the board approved:

·       Job description revisions.

·       Non-resident contracts for incoming and outgoing students.

·       Waving board policy for several Sunday activities and the use of common carrier transportation.

·       Held a closed session for the purpose of discussing legal issues.