The Decatur City Board of Education met in regular session at 4 p.m., April 15, 2003, in the Central Office Boardroom. Board members present were Dr. Elliott, presiding, Mr. Sykes, Mrs. Duke, Mr. Jett, and Mrs. Sandlin.

During hearing of the public, John Cooper, president of the Decatur Association of Professional Educators (DAPE), announced that DAPE had awarded a $2500 grant to James Steele of Gordon-Bibb for implementation of an accelerated math project in 4th and 5th grades.

In business action, the financial statements for the period ending March 31, 2003 were approved as submitted. The bids received for general lawn maintenance at the elementary schools were over the amount budgeted for the service and were rejected.

In personnel action, Dr. Houston recognized the retirements of the following individuals and expressed appreciation for their dedication and years of service to the Decatur City Schools: Brookhaven-Larry G. Patterson-physical education, Nina D. Denson-teacher aide; CASE-Martha L. Crow-teacher aide, special education, Carolyn Stanford-teacher aide, special education; Cedar Ridge-Joel T. Stephens-art, Christine E. Jackson-family and consumer science; Decatur High-Jimmy Neal Crowe-custodian; Leon Sheffield-Edith C. Hubbard-third, Gladness R. Breeding-head custodian; Somerville Road-Joyce Letson Brown-custodian.

Other personnel action included the following certified resignations: Benjamin Davis-Cathy R. Strom-first, Holly R. Vinson-kindergarten; Brookhaven-Patricia Annette Huff-reading, Mia Asuncion Miller-reading; Leon Sheffield-Teedi Herring Engram-second, Mary E. Rice-third, Sara Brandon Watkins-third. Certified employment included: Cedar Ridge-Lynda Roberts Lamitie-art; Frances Nungester-Kimberly L. Terry-third; West Decatur-Sarah R. Crow-third. Certified changes of contract included: Austin-Robin Burks Clay-FMLA 03/31/03-04/07/03; Cedar Ridge-Jonica Howard-FMLA 03/04/03-05/02/03 and maternity leave 05/05/03-05/30/03, Joel T. Stephens-extend FMLA through 04/30/03; Chestnut Grove-Tammy Angela Fant-leave of absence-2003-2004 school year (math specialist for AMSTI); Decatur-Gladys Lorraine Patterson-FMLA 05/08/03-07/02/03; Frances Nungester-Charlotte B. Ellenburg-FMLA 03/17/03-05/21/03 and maternity leave 05/22/03-05/30/03; Horizon-Robbie L. Smith-military leave 04/04/03; Leon Sheffield-Jacqueline P. Walker-study leave 04/14/03-05/09/03; Special Services-Shelley Taylor Bowling-FMLA 04/03/03-04/30/03, Kristen Bell Swinea-FMLA 04/08/03-05/13/03 and maternity leave 05/14/03-05/30/03; Walter Jackson-Angela Lynn Glover-extend maternity leave through 05/30/03; West Decatur-Christine Meta Weed-maternity leave 04/04/03-05/30/03.

Non-certified personnel action included the resignations of Patricia A. Dixon-teacher aide, writing-to-read at Leon Sheffield and Daniel Alan Fink-computer technician-PTC. Employment included: Austin-Karen Maples-cafeteria worker; Chestnut Grove-Linda Williams Kyser-custodian. Patricia D. Parker of Austinville was transferred from cafeteria worker to elementary cashier.

In curriculum action, Mrs. Jeanne Payne and Mrs. Sandra Calvin presented details of the 2003 middle school and elementary school summer programs and Dr. Houston reviewed the developmental summer program. All three summer school programs were approved as presented. (The high school summer school program was approved at the March meeting.)

The 2003-2004 Code of Student Conduct was presented for first reading, including revisions as recommended by the Review Committee and reviewed by Mr. Phil Hastings in a work session prior to the meeting.

In the final items of business, the Board approved a settlement agreement with an employee whose automobile was damaged on school grounds, and adopted resolutions recognizing May 4-10, 2003 as National Teacher Appreciation Week, and May 7, 2003 as National School Nurse Day.

Dr. Houston announced that Toray Carbon Fibers America, Inc. presented a $5,000 check to the Decatur City Schools Foundation during groundbreaking ceremonies recently. On behalf of the Foundation, Mrs. Duke expressed appreciation for the donation.

The meeting adjourned at 5:05 p.m.