Marion County Board of Education

District accreditation results to be posted in June

HAMILTON - The Marion County School System took its “first journey” through district accreditation  during the month of April.
Marion County Superintendent of Education Ann west said that several  outside examiners inspected Marion County Schools for an entire week.
The results of their review will be reported in June. It will mark the first time in system history for Marion County Schools to receive a review.

Board accepts Hardin’s resignation

HAMILTON - Hackleburg High School Principal John Hardin’s request to retire has been formally accepted.
The Marion County Board of Education voted unanimously to accept Hardin’s resignation during in its monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 24. Board member Beverly Burleson was unable to attend the meeting.
The Hackleburg principal’s retirement will be effective July 1. The board also agreed during the same meeting to post the position for principal.


Sales tax reaches record for the month of March

HAMILTON - Sales tax for education reached a new high for the month of March.
Marion County Superintendent of Education Ann West told the Marion County Board of Education during its meeting on Tuesday, April 23, that the county collected $132,997 in March, the highest amount collected during that month on record.
The March 2019 collections exceeded last year’s numbers by $5,285.51. The lowest collection on record for the month occurred in 2014, when only $103,415 was generated.


Hall presents HES playground project

Hamilton Elementary School Principal Lynda Hall explained her school’s ongoing playground renovation project during the Marion County Board of Education’s meeting on Friday, March 22.

HAMILTON - The Hamilton Elementary School (HES) Playground Renovation Project received official approval at the most recent Marion County Board of Education meeting.
The county education board members met on Friday, March 22, at the Marion County Central Office for the board’s monthly meeting.
HES Principal Lynda Hall and HES Booster Club member Melissa Hughey were present at the meeting to formally brief the board on the project.


Personnel ‘do a lot with a little’

HAMILTON - County education officials and employees have received praise for the consistent success of the  Marion County Schools System despite the fact it ranks among the lowest in the state for discretionary funds.
Marion County Superintendent of Education Ann West distributed the statewide analysis reports to members of the board of education at their meeting on Friday, March 22, at the Marion County Schools Central Office in Hamilton.
West told the board that the system moved up one place in FY 2018, placing it at 131st out of 138.

Hamilton girls challenging the norms of career tech

HAMILTON - The Hamilton High School (HHS) Engineering Club is breaking career technical norms.
According to HHS engineering teacher James Beasley, the local engineer club has about 70-percent female participation.
Beasley and three engineering club members—Bailey Sherman, Kira Clark and club president Kaylee Gann—gave a special presentation to the Marion County Board of Education at its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 12, in accordance with Career Technical Education Month in February.


Fifth month for record sales tax; West credits shopping local to swelling tax figures

January was School Board Recognition Month and area principals appeared at the Marion County Board of Education’s January board meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 23, with student-made cards and gifts to thank the local education officials. “I think we have an excellent board and I’m grateful for each one of you and what you do for our students,” said Marion County Superintendent of Education Ann West. Marion County District 2 (D-2) Board Member Joyce Fowler (left) is shown receiving students’ gifts from Guin Elementary School Principal Josh Weatherly (front, right). Also shown is D-4 member “Coach” Don Jones (center) and D-3 member Daryl Weatherly.

HAMILTON - December 2018 saw the most sales tax for education on record collected for the month of December.
Marion County Superintendent of Education Ann West told the Marion County Board of Education during its meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 23, that sales tax for December 2018 collected nearly $20,000 more than the previous year.
This marks the fifth-consecutive month of record-breaking collections for the county school system.
“Sales tax in December was fantastic,” West said. “I believe that this is because a lot of people did their shopping at home this year.”

Students Training to Become the Leaders of Tomorrow

HALEYVILLE  -  Students across every school in Marion and Winston counties are experiencing their first joint youth leadership academy, training to become the leaders of tomorrow through community service.
The Winston/Marion Youth Leadership Academy is comprised of 20 high school juniors, or two each from 10 high schools throughout Marion and Winston counties, organizers say.
Supervisor for Marion County Schools Jason Bourland said that the Marion/Winston Youth Leadership Academy is providing young student leaders with opportunities to network.