Opelika City Schools

The Opelika City Schools Board of Education met on Tuesday and approved several measures, including the renewal of five principals' contracts. 

The Opelika City Schools Board of Education renewed the contracts of five principals Tuesday afternoon.

The board approved the contract renewals for Carver Primary principal Joe Ross, Jeter Primary principal David Carpenter, Morris Avenue principal Nino Mason, Opelika Middle principal Keith York and Opelika High principal Farrell Seymore.

Their contracts run from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2023.

All five principals’ contracts were voted on separately by the school board, and all five were approved unanimously.

“We just finished their evaluations – five or six this year. From the conversations, they're doing a good job,” Opelika City Schools superintendent Mark Neighbors said. “Everybody has areas to grow in and work on, and we'll help them with those things. We've got a very stable, good group. I'm very pleased.”

Food bids

The school board also approved bids for milk, produce and bread for the child nutrition program for all Opelika city schools.

Nancy Olaveson, Opelika City Schools child nutrition program director, said the school system had been in bids with about six other school systems when some of the systems pulled out, forcing the remaining school systems to re-bid.

“We as another group decided that that bid could not be in good standing if we were counting six school systems and now there's three,” Olaveson said. “We re-bid just to make sure we're covering what we need to have done.”

Opelika accepted a milk bid from Borden Dairies for $252,027.67, a produce bid from Quality Produce Co. for $202,101.25 and a bread bid from Bimbo Bread Bakeries for $39,313.43. The school system has dealt with all three businesses for at least nine years.

Bullock County Schools and Tallapoosa County Schools joined Opelika on the milk bid; Bullock County joined Opelika on the produce bid; and Opelika is alone on its bread bid.

Other action

Additionally, the school board:

>> Renewed Opelika City Schools’ membership in the Alabama Association of School Boards for the 2019-2020 school year.

>> Revised its anti-harassment policy. Among the changes made was that Opelika City Schools now can look into harassment/bullying, whether or not it occurred on school property or during a school-sponsored function. If a violation did occur but not on school property or during school activity, the school system would not have jurisdiction or legal authority to discipline the perpetrator.

>> Accepted the superintendent’s recommendation of the 4 percent state legislative pay raise to be effective at the beginning of each employee’s contract. The contracts of 12-month employees begin July 1; 10-month employees on Aug. 1; and nine-month employees on Sept. 1.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 23.

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