Board of Education

Board to fix drainage problem at Gordo stadium after sinkhole appears, but will not resurface field

By Doug Sanders, Jr.

The members of the Pickens County Board of Education, meeting on May 13 six feet apart at the conference room at the County College and Career Center, received an update on what the Board will do to repair the sinkhole at the Libby Hankins Football Field at Gordo High School. The Board met April 29 by Zoom and decided some details for the repairs at that meeting, but Superintendent of Education Jamie Chapman gave the Board more details on what the Board will do and what the Town of Gordo, Gordo Athletic Booster Club and others will do.

Board of Education: Pickens County leading West Alabama in dual enrollment

Pickens County Career Center

By BRIAN HAMILTON, Editor

The Pickens County Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, March 20th began with Superintendent Jamie Chapman informing the board that the Board of Education meeting on Monday, April 15th would be moved to the Pickens County College and Career Center, rather than at the central office. Chapman stated that the meeting would remain at its scheduled time of 6 p.m. and all that would change is the location.

BOE Holds First Budget Hearing for Fiscal Year 2019

BY GENA HUFF, Editor

The Pickens County Board of Education held its first of two required budget hearings August 20. Chief School Financial Officer Jennifer Shirley went through the preliminary layout of the budget for the board and audience.

“Everything is not totally complete,” said Shirley. “Our second budget hearing will be September (10). I always try to give everyone a really good comparison of where we were last year compared to this year.”

BOE and Aliceville Attempt Compromise on School Closing

Aliceville Middle School will open with seventh and eighth graders until Aliceville High School’s facilities can be brought up to par. The school will then close. Fifth and sixth graders will start the school year in the elementary building.

BY GENA HUFF, Editor

The closing of the Aliceville Middle School has been a subject of great contention after Pickens County School Superintendent Jamie Chapman recommended the school’s fifth and sixth grades be moved to Aliceville Elementary School and the seventh and eighth grades be transferred to Aliceville High School due to declining enrollment numbers and funding issues stemming from those numbers. This will essentially shut down Aliceville Middle School.