By Hannah Curran, Editor-in-Chief
TRUSSVILLE – The School Board of Trussville City Schools discussed the upcoming school year and recently released third-grade reading proficiency scores at the board meeting on Thursday, July 28.
Trussville Superintendent Dr. Pattie Neill explained that students pay for school meals for the first time since 2020.
“Our prices are what we had before COVID, and we’re asking parents to qualify for free or reduced meals if they think they might qualify,” Neill said. “So the biggest thing about school meals is that you can’t deny a student a meal, and if they can’t pay at the service point at the start, we’ll just hook them up. We will be starting a special Neighborhood Bridges article, where anyone in the community who wants to support a student who cannot afford lunch or breakfast will go straight to the line article for Bridges neighborhood and will pay for this meal immediately.
Neighborhood Bridges Trussville is all about kindness, speed, efficiency, and bringing together all community resources to provide direct support and care to remove barriers for children/families in need.
According to the Neighborhood Bridges website, 100% of what is harvested in each community stays in each community. Neighborhood Bridges has successfully achieved this goal every day since launching on Martin Luther King Day in 2017.
Neill also announced that TCS will receive a career coach this year and Alabama State has funded a full unit for Hewitt-Trussville High School (HTHS).
“We’ve shared a career coach with Leeds High School in the past,” Neill said. “We have the State career coach job description for board approval tonight, we are simply adopting the state career coach job descriptions and making it our own. We are super excited because we are getting more and more companies that want to partner with us and do internships with our high school students.
Neill explained that IIf students are college-bound, they’re less likely to need a career coach, and if they’re not college-bound, TCS wants to make sure there are ways to connect them through Career Technology Education (CTE).
“CTE starts in middle school and career coaching starts in high school,” Neill said.
Dr. Lisa Berry discussed the recently released Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) Third Grade Reading Proficiency Scores.
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The release of the scores comes as schools prepare for the implementation of the literacy law which, after delays by the Alabama legislature, will be fully in effect for the 2023-24 school year. The Literacy Act, passed in 2019, calls for third-grade students who are not reading at grade level to be held back for additional instruction and support.
TCS had the third highest percentage of grade level readers in the state among all school districts with 95.6% of third graders reading at grade level. Only Mountain Brook at 96.7% and Saraland at 96% fared better.
Cahaba Elementary led the way among Trussville elementary schools with 98.8% of 3rd graders reading at the grade level, finishing in the top five among all schools in Alabama, including magnet schools.
Paine Elementary and Magnolia Elementary were also among the best in Alabama, which were neck and neck with 94.6% and 94.4% grade-level reading, respectively. The three elementary schools in TCS far exceeded the state average of 77.7 percent.
Berry thanked all faculty and staff for their hard work in ensuring that TCS students excelled.
Redmont Consulting Group Managing Director Doug Neil spoke to the board about the Glendale Farms reserve that will be presented to Trussville City Council at the August 9 council meeting.
“TThe development team is extremely excited about the project and welcomes the opportunity to work with the school board and the city to create an opportunity for potential development and the school if this is the right path.
Chad Carroll of the Trussville Veterans’ Committee along with local American Legion Station 205 asked the council to consider supporting the Veterans Day educational campaign launched in Alabama in coordination with the 75th anniversary of Veterans Day. Veterans.
“WWe’re trying to get these posters out to school, to educate our students, our teachers and our community about the importance of Veterans Day and what it means,” Carroll said. “I’m asking every school, if possible, in Trussville to put up a poster, put it in the library, common area, history classroom, but have one, and also help us to open the door this year to help you. thoroughly in your Veterans Day activities and ceremonies.
During the meeting, TCS BOE congratulated the 2022 HTHS Baseball Team for being a 7A state runner-up by finishing the season with an overall record of 31-6-1. This team had the best winning percentage in school history with a 4-2 zone record and being the 2022 Zone 6 7A champion.
In addition, TCS BOE held its first public hearing on the budget presented by Jim Kirkland.
In other news, the board approved:
- Approve accounts payable for: June 2022;
- Approve payroll for: June 2022;
- Approval of finances: June 2022;
- Approve the minutes of the retreat/work session and the minutes of the board meeting of June 28, 2022;
- Approve leases for two copiers for Hewitt-Trussville Middle School;
- Approve contracts/agreements for special education:
- school psychometrician;
- Speech pathology in Spanish;
- Approve the annual subscription to the absenteeism dashboard;
- Approve the following bids for facilities:
- 22-11 offer for HTHS, Field House, Athletic and Band Fields Lawn Care;
- Tender 22-12 for application of TCS chemicals to turf, trees and shrubs;
- 22-10 bid for Hewitt-Trussville Middle School cleanup;
- Approve the CC agreement;
- Approves EDF07-28-22-01;
- Approve Aimswebplus Early Reading and Math Assessments software;
- Approve the agreement for an event team for 2022-23;
- Approve the amendment to add a 3rd sports coach;
- Approve the following facility use agreements:
- Flag Youth Football for JV & Freshman Football Training Grounds;
- Trussville Volleyball Fall League for HTHS gyms;
- Flag football practices and/or soccer practices for the football field and the lower training ground;
- Weekly Women in Action Boot Camp workout on Tuesdays (5:30 a.m.), Thursdays (5:30 a.m.) and Saturdays (7:00 a.m.);
- Approve submission for lighting and sound to HTMS and HTHS;
- Approve the following field trips:
- HTMS Cross Country in Cartersville, GA, September 23, 2022;
- HTHS Band in Washington, DC April 12-17, 2023;
- Approve the contract for the Hewitt-Trussville High School prom;
- Approve the agreement for the Hewitt-Trussville High School Marching Band at the National Cherry Blossom Parade;
- Approve the sign language interpretation agreement;
- Approve the agreement for the Career Technology Renovation at Hewitt-Trussville High School;
- Approve the contract with AB Adolescent Services;
- Approve the contractual agreement with Special Education Resolutions;
- Approve the job description of the career coach; and
- Approval of superintendents’ recommendations regarding personnel changes, contracts, additional services and supplements.
The August Monthly Board Meeting will be held on August 15, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. in the Central Office Board Room. There will be a working session at 5:00 p.m. before the board meeting. The working session and the meeting of the board of directors will be broadcast live. A link to the live stream will be posted on the TCS website at 4:45 p.m. on August 15, 2022. The August 15, 2022 Board meeting will include the 2nd Public Budget Hearing.