CCS System Update

August 2021

First Day of School

We are excited to be back in school and have the halls on each campus full of students who are ready to learn. Teachers at each campus have started the school year with activities maximizing student engagement. The first days of school are also a pivotal time for building relationships and getting to know each other. Teachers, staff, and administrators on all campuses are doing an excellent job getting the school year moving in the right direction.

Collage of CHS math teachers deeply engaged with students.
CMS teachers and Mr. Johnson during a pod meeting.
Collage of pics of students with Mrs. McBrayer during art lesson at WES.

Capital Update

The architects are busy drawing the plans for both Cullman Middle and Cullman City Primary Schools. School-based teams are providing feedback as we get closer to the final plans and begin the bidding process.

The Cullman High School gym floor project is near completion with only a few “punch list” items left before it is ready for action. The next step in the CHS gym project is replacing the bleachers. The new bleachers are scheduled to be shipped in mid-October.

Also at Cullman High, the new Video "Jumbotron-like” scoreboard is up and ready for the football season. A special thanks to the Quarterback Club and other community partners for funding the majority of this project.

Daytime view of the new video board at the CHS during installation.
The video board was used during last night's season opening win over Grissom. CHS was also honored to use the board as a part of their remembrance of senior Will Fowler.
The entire Cullman City School System sends condolences to the Fowler family.
New video board at CHS displaying remembrance of Will Fowler
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Enrollment Numbers

We started the school year with almost all students back to in person instruction. We are currently serving 3222 students, 46 of which are virtual and 3176 on our campuses.


We will continue to watch our numbers closely and be ready to make adjustments when needed with our COVID-19 protocols. Currently, masks/facial coverings are not required but highly recommended indoors. Students who are quarantined for 10 days due to a close contact exposure or positive tests should message their teachers to receive assignments and educational resources to stay sharp during the time away from school. If identified as a close contact, the ADPH recommends a 10 day quarantine. Below are the three exceptions to this quarantine rule which are listed in our COVID-19 protocol.

  1. Vaccinated and without symptoms,

  2. Without symptoms and tested positive in the prior 3 months, or

  3. Without symptoms and was engaged in the consistent and correct use of a well fitted mask (verified by teacher or administrator).

Tech Check

PowerSchool and Schoology Logos
This fall, parents will see a new student information system called PowerSchool. In the past, families have relied on iNow/Chalkable to review student grades, attendance, and discipline. CCS has implemented the new student information system and connected it with our student learning management system, Schoology.

District staff and teachers worked hard this summer participating in online training modules to prepare them for the switch. PowerSchool works hand-in-hand with Schoology to make it easier for families to see assignments, grades, attendance, and discipline. We feel this will be of great benefit to our staff, students, and families!

In addition, parents should have received log in information for the CCS app via email. From the app they will be able to check student attendance and/or grades, and coming soon, lunch balances.

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The Bottom Line

Infographic of CCS financial information.  All info is repeated in the text of the artile.

The month of July is 1) 83% into the fiscal year. Revenues were at 2) 83% while

expenditures were at 3) 80%. Our total net operations were 4) $1.17 M. Total assets were

5) $9.4 M. We ended the month with a fund balance of 6) $9.2 M which brings us to

7) 3.57 months of reserves.

The State Legislature passed a two-percent (2%) raise across the board to all full-time

employees. Teachers with steps nine (9) or more will also receive an additional raise that will

depend on the step they are in. All raises will be reflected on the following month’s paychecks:

12-Month July

11-Month August

10-Month August

9-Month September


Next Update: September 2021