Elmore County BOE

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Stanhope Elmore High School teacher Lisa Acosta talks to the school board about her classes' Bicentennial barcoding project.

Superintendent Richard Dennis brought up multiple plans for a capital outlay extension including moving Elmore County Technical Center programs to the former Wetumpka Junior High School building at the Elmore County Board of Education meeting Monday.

“We’ve been surveying each community to determine what are the critical needs of those things that we’ve got to address based on the growth we’re seeing,” Dennis said.

Dennis said he wants to expand the technical center’s medical program and program for seniors behind on credits to graduate, which will be moved into the closed Wetumpka Junior High School’s agriculture shop. Dennis said the building still has wings open for the local Head Start program.

Dennis said the wing the board wants to use is being used as storage.

“The cafeteria will be our hospitality services program, which will be an ideal location for it,” Dennis said. “We don’t have to look at increasing power, those types of things, so right now we’re expanding in those areas just to make you aware to accommodate for the growth for next year. That frees up the dual enrollment which right now we have over 100 students in dual enrollment signed up.”

Dennis said the school system is also looking at a donation of 50 acres of land and is looking at cutting costs and including middle school students in the career technical programs. Dennis said the school system is also looking at whether to continue renovating Elmore County High School

“It’s an 80-year-old facility,” Dennis said. “This is going to be a decision we’ve got to make. We’ve got limited funding we’re talking about.”

Dennis said replacing the school would cost $3 million. Dennis said the school system is looking at the numbers for where it can pay for things.

The school board voted 5-0 to approve the capital outlay extension to August of up to $1.5 million. School board member Michael Morgan abstained from the vote.

School board member Dale Bain was not present at Monday’s meeting.

In other action, the school board:

• Heard from Stanhope Elmore High School teacher Lisa Acosta about barcoding plants for Alabama’s Bicentennial. Acosta said they collected plants.

• Recognized the schools’ county wrestlers.

• Heard about the Ability Games, which is a field day for special education students.

• Voted unanimously to approve the sick leave bank committee.

• Voted 5-1 to improve the Redland Elementary School walking track. School board member Leisa Finley voted against.

• Voted 5-0 to approve the Elmore County High School cafeteria roof bid.

• Went into executive session to discuss the payroll coordinator salary structure.