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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Jackson County Board of Education Superintendent Selection

Jackson County Alabama Board of Education Web Site Logo  
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Scottsboro, Alabama - August 25, 2015 Jackson County Board of Education Superintendent selection, part 1. The first three Superintendent candidates were interviewed Tuesday; the second two candidates will be interviewed Thursday. Full videos will not be released until Thursday evening. Selection will be Friday morning at the Jackson County Board of Education meeting.

Dr. Bart Reeves, a Guntersville School System principal, was selected in a split vote by the Jackson County Board of Education as Superintendent. Further info to be submitted upon review of video. Dr. Reeves was also the finalist in other Board of Education Superintendent searches. http://www.advertisergleam.com/news/education/guntersville-principal-a-superintendent-finalist/article_7f246a46-edaf-11e4-b7cd-b3e5202be376.html

Board Member Cecil Gant, while standing, declared, "Divine guidance led us to seek Dr. Edwards as interim board superintendent." Dr. Dale Edwards was the Guntersville City Schools Superintendent. Daily Sentinel Article: http://thedailysentinel.com/feature_story/article_65c0e548-14f1-11e5-9b3d-23726380c955.html  Further background on Dr. Edwards by, now retired HuntsvilleTimes Staff writer, David Brewer: http://blog.al.com/breaking/2010/01/edwards_named_guntersville_sch.html

After watching the videos and candidates, it is my opinion that Dr. Angela Guess was the most qualified for the interim position. Dr. Guess will be retiring at the end of her term and she serves as Assistant Superintendent at this time, The next full term county superintendent will be determined by election. 

Jackson County Board of  Education Superintendent Candidates Bios
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Jackson County Board of Education Interim Superintendent videos may be viewed at the Board of Education's web site, Apple Movie Player is requirted, link:http://www.jackson.k12.al.us/  Direct Moodle link: http://moodle.jackson.k12.al.us/course/view.php?id=1325   I will have my short candidate intro videos up later today.


Board of Education Meeting, 8-28-15

The Jackson County Board of Education has a very informative "About Us" page listing with area demographics and schools listings, worth the time to check it out: http://www.jackson.k12.al.us/?PN=AboutUs

Ken Harding, Jackson County Alabama Schools Superintendent retired July 1, 2015 
(Ken Harding election photo by G. Morgan)

Past Superintendent Ken Harding retired on July 1st, 2015. A Daily Sentinel article about Harding's retirement by Wes Mayberry quoted Harding as saying, "“God has richly blessed me in my career in the education business. In this job, even though I felt like I was being tested at times, I feel like this is what I was supposed to do,” he said. “I am proud to be a part of this system and am proud to have played a small role in getting the system to where it is today.”" Read more at - http://thedailysentinel.com/feature_story/article_12aad77e-ef3a-11e4-8ff6-23c8fb06e374.html

Monday, August 24, 2015

Jackson County Commission Regular Session and Budget Hearing

Jackson County Courthouse south side. (photo by G. Morgan)
    Jackson County Commission - Budget reduction blues - Projected that near $700,000 to be cut from county budget due to budget shortfall. This will affect the entire operation of services at Jackson County Courthouse.It is estimated near 6000 poor and elderly will be adversely impacted by the necessary budget reductions due to cuts to the Council on aging, meals on wheels and senior Rx programs. Most likely, cuts to retired county employee workers insurance will take place. 
Partial list of projected cuts 
Senior RX program, Council on Aging, Meals on Wheels, Rural Transportation - $20,000-$40,000; these programs receive Federal money, for every $1 lost will equal $2 in Federal Funding. County Health Department - $27,000; County Extension Programs, 4-H, Forestry programs etc; Court House Security, one door open; District Attorneys Office-$20,000; Courthouse opening limited to 36 hour week. Current worker and retiree insurance cuts; Registrars Office cut of funds; possible up to 15 people may be laid off; salary cuts to officials and employees, the courthouse operations will be 36 hours instead of 40 hours.

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Regular Session Video

Full Budget Hearing Video (41 minutes)

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Directors Meeting August 21, 2015 - Report

TVA Power Fist (Fair Use rights for non-profit news reporting and commentary.)

Chattanooga Times Free Press article
"TVA directors on Friday adopted a $10.7 billion spending plan for fiscal 2016 that will raise electricity rates by 1.5 percent. The rate hike, the same as in each of the past two years, will raise an extra $200 million from customers in TVA's seven-state territory."

Meeting Agenda


Listening Session - Citizen Input
Part 1 Sierra Club

Part 2 - Speakers from the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.

Part 3 selected citizen comments. Tennessee Environmental Council, BREDL/BEST/MATRR, PSR.

TVA Executive Presentations
Presidents Report

IRP Report - an excuse for nuclear power.

Chief Financial Officer's report, FY 2016 budget. 3rd Quarter debt increase. .
Official TVA Video

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Jackson County Alabama 1% Sales Tax Issue - Voters Have Spoken

(photo by G. Morgan)

Final vote for the 1% Tax issue, all precincts reporting - Yes - 2622; No - 3947

VIDEO with Interviews and voter tabulation process.

Jackson County Commission Work Session and Scottsboro City Council Agendas and Videos