Marion County Schools

Substitute teachers needed

By Scott Johnson General Manager HAMILTON - Substitute teachers were in short supply during the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be two opportunities to sign up as a substitute teacher with the Marion County School System throughout the next year. The Marion County Board of Education will be signing up new substitute teachers, support workers, lunchroom workers and bus drivers on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, from 8 a.m - noon and 1 - 3:30 p.m. The final day to sign up for the first semester will be Tuesday, Aug. 3, from 8:30 a.m. - noon and 1-3:30 p.m.

More than $1.7M in scholarships earned


Marion County Schools’ seniors were awarded approximately $1,729,460 in scholarship money this year.
The amount is the collective pool of 219 graduating students across five high schools in the Class of 2021, including Brilliant High School, Hackleburg High School, Hamilton High School, Marion County High School in Guin and Phillips High School in Bear Creek.
At Brilliant High, 21 graduating seniors were awarded $428,000 in scholarships.
Thirty-nine seniors at Hackleburg  High were awarded a total of $155,520 in scholarships.

Students will eat free through 2022

By Scott Johnson
Managing Editor

All students enrolled in Marion County and Winfield City schools will continue to eat free breakfast and lunch through the 2020-2021 school year, according to an announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Traditional and virtual students have been able to eat free meals throughout the pandemic year. That benefit will continue through May of 2022.

 

Students will eat free through 2022

All students enrolled in Marion County and Winfield City schools will continue to eat free breakfast and lunch through the 2020-2021 school year, according to an announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Traditional and virtual students have been able to eat free meals throughout the pandemic year. That benefit will continue through May of 2022. According to local child nutritional program (CNP) directors, if a student is eating both breakfast and lunch each school day, this would translate to a $675 benefit.

Dearen appointed as new member

Local State Farm Agent Mark Dearen has been appointed to the Marion County Board of Education.
The Marion County school officials met on Friday, Jan. 29, to appoint someone to serve in the District 3, Hamilton seat, replacing outgoing member Belinda McRae, who was elected last year to the State Board of Education.
The District 3 seat is already four years into the election cycle, meaning the position will be up for election in November 2022. However, qualification for the party primary elections will take place later this year.

 

Board accepting letters of interest for open seat


Re-elected Marion County Board of Education (MCBOE) member Daryl Weatherly (right) is administered the oath of office by MCBOE attorney Scott Hunt (foreground). Also shown is board member Beverly Burleson.

HAMILTON - The Marion County Board of Education is seeking to fill an upcoming vacancy.
During the board’s meeting on Thursday, Nov. 19, members voted unanimously to accept letters of interest from those wishing to be considered for appointment to fill the District 3 seat currently occupied by longtime board member Belinda McRae.

Officials recognize ‘Thank Alabama Teachers Week’

HAMILTON - The Marion County Board of Education thanked Marion County School teachers during its meeting on Thursday, Nov. 19.
The board’s meeting took place during what the Alabama State Department of Education has declared “Thank Alabama Teachers Week,” which was observed the week of Nov. 16.
“Our teachers have had to go way above and beyond this year. It has been stressful and they have worked very hard,” West said.