Marion County Board of Education

Design flaws could be to blame for floor collapse

HAMILTON - The collapse of the lunchroom kitchen floor in Guin may have been due to missing vents in the design of the building, according to state inspectors.
Lathan Associates Architects Vice President Shawn Calma met with the Marion County Board of Education on a video call during a meeting on Wednesday, March 18.
The kitchen floor partially collapsed on Friday afternoon, Feb. 21, while lunchroom staff were working. No one was injured.

Guin schools’ lunchroom kitchen floor collapses

HAMILTON - Lunchroom operations have abruptly shutdown for Guin schools as their cafeteria’s kitchen floor has collapsed.
The Marion County Board of Education held a special meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 26, to review the situation and declared the conditions at the elementary lunchroom to be an emergency.
The declaration empowers Marion County Superintendent of Education Ann West to approve any emergency expenditures relating to the situation.

January sales tax is record $168.5k

HAMILTON - Marion County’s one-cent education sales tax generated a record-breaking collection for the month of January.
January’s tax report was presented to the Marion County Board of Education by Marion County Superintendent of Education Ann West during its monthly meeting held on Thursday, Feb. 20.
West told the board that January’s sales taxes brought in a total of $168,566.54—an increase of $21,775.26 from January 2019. It is the highest collection for the month of January on record and the highest monthly total of Fiscal Year 2020.

Board adopts school calendar

HAMILTON - Marion County Schools has set its 2020-2021 School Year Calendar.
During a Marion County Board of Education meeting on Thursday, Feb. 20, the board voted unanimously to accept a calendar recommended by Marion County Superintendent of Education Ann West.
West said she sent an example calendars out to everyone in the school’s communication system and used the feedback to determine her recommendation.

Bids sought for Brilliant, Phillips High bleachers

HAMILTON – A healthy education budget has freed Marion County School officials to seek new sets of bleachers for two schools.
The Marion County Board of Education voted unanimously during its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 22, to seek bids on new bleachers for both Brilliant High School and Phillips High School gyms.
Marion County Superintendent of Education Ann West told the board that new bleachers were a line item included on a recent heating and air conditioning upgrade for Phillips, which cost $350,000.

Sales tax down in December

HAMILTON – Sales tax for education revenues collected in Marion County was down during December.
According to the Marion County Superintendent of Education Ann West, the education system collected $147,819.93—$8,198.81 less in sales tax last month compared to the previous year.
December 2018’s sales tax collection totaled $155,018.74.
For the first three months of the Fiscal Year 2020, $451,621 has been collected in sales tax. For the same period in 2018, sales tax had generated $445,764.38, meaning Fiscal Year 2020 is still outperforming FY 2019.

Sales tax up beginning FY 2020

HAMILTON – Education sales tax for the first two months of Fiscal Year 2020 have broken records.
According to the Marion County Superintendent of Education Ann West, the county education system collected $10,107 more in sales tax this November compared to last year at this time, with a total of $162,357.70 collected—a new record.
Taxes generated in October also set records, with $142,435.02 being collected.
For the first two months of the Fiscal Year 2020, $304,792.72 has been collected in sales tax.

 

Pyron estate donates $1.7M to MCHS

HAMILTON - A Marion County High School (MCHS) alumnus’ estate has made a donation of $1.7 million for scholarships to Guin students.
Birmingham attorney  Robert Cornelius appeared at the Marion County Board of Education’s monthly meeting on Thursday, Nov. 21, to announce the donation made by the estate of Wayne and Joyce Pyron.
Wayne Pyron attended MCHS where he played football and developed his love for the game and Alabama football.

Pyron estate donates $1.7M to MCHS


Shown announcing a huge and most gracious $1.7 million donation to Marion County High School (MCHS) students are (front row, from left) Birmingham attorney Robert Cornelius, Gloria Pyron, Robert Pyron, Blaine Pyron, MCHS Principal Dustin Silas, Marion County Superintendent of Education Ann West and (back row, same order) Marion County Board of Education members Beverly Burleson, Joyce Fowler, “Coach” Don Jones, Daryl Weatherly and Belinda McRae. [SCOTT JOHNSON/STAFF]

• Scholarship program established in honor of Wayne, Joyce Pyron

By Scott Johnson
Managing Editor

County schools collect record $1.77M in sales tax

HAMILTON - Marion County Schools collected a record $1,774,113 in education sales tax in Fiscal Year 2019. Marion County Superintendent of Education Ann West announced the collection at the Marion County Board of Education’s monthly meeting held on Wednesday, Oct. 23. The new record of $1.77 million dwarves the previous record set last year of $1,714,333 by nearly $60,000. The school system collected a record $154,823 during the month of September—$6,900 more than the previous year. In September 2018, education sales taxes generated $147,930.