CCS System Update

April 2022

Principal Search

Later this month and in early May we will be interviewing applicants for the Cullman City Primary School and Cullman High School principal positions. We hope to have a recommendation to the Board at the regular meeting in May.

Some of the characteristics we will look for in potential principals include: strong emphasis on student safety, demonstrates school organization and structure, communicates well with students, faculty, and parents, and can lead instruction. It is important that our principals believe all students can learn, and will work to help all students achieve high standards of learning. Furthermore, he or she needs to be confident that students can master challenging academic material with the proper support and help.

National Assistant Principals Week

National Assistant Principals Week was in early April. Although we only currently earn four assistant principals, we are fortunate to fund six hardworking assistant principals who serve our schools.

  1. East- Mr. Gragg

  2. West- Mr. Duke

  3. CMS- Dr. Shannon

  4. CHS- Mr. Sparks

  5. CHS- Mr. Stephens

  6. CHS- Ms. Tuggle

School Librarian Week

School Librarian Week was also in early April. We appreciate the work and dedication of our 5 school librarians.

  1. Hilary Nix at CCPS

  2. Savannah Wood at East

  3. Misty Waldrop at West

  4. Tasha Meyer at CMS

  5. Susan Boyd at CHS

School libraries have evolved far beyond the card catalog. The work of these ladies opens the door to the future for the students we serve.

Capital Projects Update

CHS - The CHS Softball Field playing surface is complete and the girls are now enjoying it. There are a few site-based tasks that the contractor will complete once the softball season is over.
dignitaries gathered for ribbon cutting at the new turf surfaced field at CHS
preparing to cut the ribbon at the CHS softball field with new turf
Snipping the ribbon at the CHS softball ribbon cutting.
softball players on infield of new softball turf during warm ups
softball players warming up on new turf
CMS - If you have driven west on Oak to 2nd, you have noticed the work has begun on the CMS project. We are scheduled to have a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, May 10th at 11:00 AM.

In addition, the CMS cafeteria has received a major upgrade. New decor and seating options are being enjoyed by CMS students, faculty and staff.

rubble remaining from demolition of small house near CMS
CMS cafeteria serving line with new renovations.
view across cafeteria showing table options and "Work Hard"  window art
CMS cafeteria upgrades showing "Cullman Middle" on the window art.
CMS cafeteria upgrades showing "Bearcats" on the window art
WES - We approved a contract with Whorton Engineering to overhaul our HVAC system at West Elementary. This overhaul will include updating any units that are over ten years old as well as installing dehumidifying systems in an effort to reduce the risk of mold growth in the future. This project will go out for bid in the next few weeks and is expected to cost over $1,500,000.00 using ESSER funds allocated for air quality.
CCPS - We anticipate work to begin within weeks at Cullman City Primary School. The first step will be installing a metal roof on the existing building, then breaking ground on the new wing and multipurpose/cafeteria building. The administration at CCPS is working hard to develop a traffic plan that will be safe for our students during construction. It is important that we all do our best to be patient and accommodating as we grow and update our facilities.

Teacher of the Year

One of our great 4th grade teachers at East, Mrs. April Dean, was recently selected as one of sixteen finalists for the Alabama Teacher of the Year. This is a great honor for Mrs. Dean, her students, East Elementary and the Cullman City School System. The winner will be announced in mid-May in Montgomery at a banquet honoring the sixteen Alabama teachers of the year.

Mrs. Kim Hall

CHS Principal, Mrs. Kim Hall, recently announced her retirement. Mrs. Hall has been a part of the Cullman City School System her entire life. She has served as a substitute teacher, teacher, reading coach, assistant principal and principal for 31 years in Cullman. She has influenced numerous students and established relationships that will last a lifetime through her role as an educator. Her service is appreciated and she will be missed.

The Power of Public Education - Thank a Teacher

Did you know over 90% of all K-12 children in the United States attend a public school. Public education is number 2, only second to parenting, as an influence on children. Public schools have a direct impact on the economy, health care, public service, the workforce and the military. The first week of May is Teacher Appreciation Week. Be sure to celebrate the amazing teachers we are blessed with in our city school system.

Additional News

Last week, I was able to speak to the AHSAA Central Board of Control. Executive Director Briggs and the Central Board of Control were gracious to allow me 15 minutes on their agenda to discuss our concerns with what took place on March 5th after the 6A Boys Basketball Finals. It was requested that AHSAA work closely with the BJCC and Birmingham Police to put parameters in place to improve safety and communication in the future.

Finish Strong

Spring is here and we are down to the last month of the 2021-2022 school year. Let's work together to safely close out another great school year in Cullman City.
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Tech Check

CCS Tech Department News
Yesterday was National Kindergarten Day. April 21 is the birthday of the German educator Friedrich Fröbel, who founded the first play and activity institute called kindergarten in 1837.

Our kindergarten students are an important part of Cullman City Schools. Having those new students join us is always an exciting time. CCPS recently held in-district registration and the first steps of our out-of-district registration process will begin soon.

Our system uses an online registration system for students enrolling in Cullman City Schools. When the information in this system is accurately gathered and regularly updated it assists our schools in providing the best education and service to our students.

In June, the primary contact(s) listed for our returning students will receive an email prompting them to update student information through the online portal. The process for completing this update will be outlined in the email. We urge those primary contacts to log in and update any information that may have changed for their student as promptly as possible.

If you are a primary contact for a student and your email address has recently changed, please reach out to your school's registrar to update your contact information so that you will receive this important correspondence from Cullman City Schools.

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The Bottom Line

News from the CFO
Infographic for CCS Finances.  All info is included in the text below.

The month of February is 1) 42% into the fiscal year. Revenues were at 2) 50.84% while

expenditures were at 3) 39.03%. Our total net operations were 4) $3,443,927. Total assets

were 5) $12.2 M. We ended the month with a fund balance of 6) $12.19 M which brings us to

7) 4.51 months of reserves.

Next Update: May 2022