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December 13, 2013

Ardmore farmland bid awarded by school board

— The Limestone County Board of Education has agreed to a three-year lease agreement for Cedar Hill farmland with Randy Hampton.

The 45 acres at 27905 Cedar Hill Road in Ardmore may be used only for grain crops and hay, according to lease stipulations.

The board selected Hampton’s offer of $181 per acre at $8,145 annually among three bids, including $3,799 per year from Harbin Farms and $7,250 per year from Barnett Farms.

The bids were opened on Nov. 22, with Hampton’s bid approved during Tuesday’s board meeting.

In other business, the board on Tuesday:

• Approved a request from Ardmore High School Principal Tommy Hunter to bid out a marquee sign to placed in front of the school to publicize upcoming school events;

• Authorized early release of monthly paychecks on Dec. 20;

• Changed inventory assessment from a fixed-asset biannual review to an annual review at a cost of $23,000 annually beginning with fiscal 2014;

• Approved Balch & Bingham LLP as bond counsel and Raymond James as underwriter for the issuance of capital outlay warrants;

• Approved the movement of salary between child nutrition program and general fund and state assistance to close out the 2013 year;

• Accepted the creation of two new positions — a full-time child nutrition program worker/assistant at Cedar Hill Elementary School — and a contract counselor at the Alternative School;

• Transferred April Carter from teacher to Title I counselor at Tanner High School effective Jan. 2 for the remainder of the school year;

• Approved the resignation of Heather Gough as assistant softball coach at West Limestone High School and the Jan. 1 retirements of CNP worker/assistant Dona Hodges at Cedar Hill and English language teacher Camellia McCaig at Tanner and Piney Chapel Elementary;

• Hired family and consumer science teacher Somer Horton at Elkmont High School, itinerant elementary music teacher Stephanie Pesto, bus aide Andrea Anerton at Johnson Elementary School, bus aide Rene McCormick at West Limestone and Owens Elementary School and special education teacher Laurie Payne at Ardmore High School.

The board will meet at 7:30 a.m. Dec. 17 at the Clinton Street courthouse annex.

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