GARDENDALE — The new Gardendale City School Board took some big steps Monday night to further its goal of separating from the Jefferson County School System.
The first order of business was to structure the board itself by electing officers.
In four unanimous votes, the board elected Chris Segroves as president, Karen White as vice president, Dr. Michael Hogue as secretary and Dick Lee as treasurer.
The board also voted to obtain consultative services from the Alabama Association of School Boards (AASB) to search for a superintendent of education and a chief school finance officer.
The role of the AASB will be to search for qualified applicants and recommend a certain number of applicants to the Gardendale City School Board, which will make the final decision.
The Jefferson County School Board also used the AASB in 2012 its search for a superintendent when Dr. Phil Hammonds retired. AASB submitted the names of five applicants, and the board chose Dr. Stephen Nowlin as the new superintendent.
AASB is to post the notices and begin the search no later than May 30, according to the resolution, but Gardendale school board members said they hope the search begins sooner.
Until the school board separates from the county school system and begins receiving tax revenue, all of its actions are funded by the city of Gardendale.
In other business, the board:
- adopted the Alabama Educator Code of Ethics as the standard for professional behavior for the board and subsequent conduct for its staff
- hired Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP for legal representation
- hired Car, Riggs & Ingram LLC Certified Public Accountants for accounting services
- voted to establish and maintain bank accounts at First Commercial Bank
- authorized the registration for and attendance of board members for the Alabama Association of School Board’s Summer Conference and training June 19-22 at Orange Beach
The school board will have work sessions that are open to the public on Tuesdays, 6 p.m., at the Gardendale Civic Center until further notice. No action is to be taken at work sessions.
The next school board meeting is May 6, 6 p.m., at the civic center.