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Cullman County Board of Education is a school district in Alabama. It is made up of 29 schools.[1]

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Alabama school district websites

The good

  • Financial information is posted, budget documents are not available.[2]
  • Some meeting agendas are posted and the meetings are included in the District calendar. Meeting minutes are not available.[3][4]
  • Contact information for the Board members is provided.[5]
  • Administrative officials contact information is provided.[6]
  • Salary schedules are posted.[7] Employment procedures and links to applications are provided.[8]
  • Academic performance information is provided via a link to the Alabama State Department of Education reports for Cullman County.[9]

The bad

  • No tax information is available.
  • Teacher and vendor contracts are not available. Vendor information can be found on the Alabama State website.[10]
  • No lobbyists are mentioned.
  • There is no information about requesting public records under the Alabama Public Records Law; however, certain accounting records are disclosed on the website for public review.[7]
  • No audits are posted.
  • Background check policies and procedures are not described.

School board

Below are the school district board members:[5]

School board member District
Steve Freeman District 1
Danny Ray District 2
Danny Alldredge District 3
Sheila Kretzschmar District 4
Wendy Crider District 5
Randy Hasenbein District 6
Jerry Schuman District 7

The current superintendent is Hank Allen.

The Alabama Public School System is supervised by the State Board of Education. The Board President is Governor Bob Riley and the State Superintendent is the Board’s Chief Executive Officer.[11]

Current Board of Education members include:

Member District Term Term Expires
Governor Bob Riley, President
Joseph B. Morton, State Superintendent of Education, Secretary and Executive Officer
Randy McKinney, Vice President District 1 2nd 2013
Betty Peters District 2 1st 2011
Stephanie Bell District 3 2nd 2013
Dr Ethel H Hall, Vice President Emerita District 4 2nd 2011
Ella B. Bell District 5 2nd 2013
David F. Byers, Jr. District 6 2nd 2011
Gary B. Warren District 7 2013
Dr Mary Jane Caylor, President Pro Tem District 8 2011


Cullman County Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.[12]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2010-2011 $57,985,000 69.2% $4,241,000 5.1% $20,101,000 24% $1,389,000 1.7% $79,000 0.1% $83,795,000
Averages: $57,985,000 69% $4,241,000 5% $20,101,000 24% $1,389,000 2% $79,000 0% $83,795,000

Academic Performance

The Alabama Department of Education's Student Assessment Program tests students K – 12 in core content areas of reading, mathematics, language, and science, including specialist populations such as special education students and limited English proficient students. [13]

The Alabama Accountability Program sets Annual Measurable Objectives for schools and school systems. To achieve Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) toward system goals, schools must score at or above the set objectives and have at least a 95% participation rate amongst students. Students are tested in reading and mathematics. A school that misses AYP in the same area for two consecutive years is identified as In Improvement.[14]

AYP results for the State of Alabama and Cullman County Schools are noted below.[15] Results for individual schools within each district can be accessed through the Accountability Reporting Query System on the Alabama State Department of Education website.[16]

State of Alabama Reading Scores 2009-2010[15] - Percent of Students in Each Achievement Level

Grade Level I Level II Level III Level IV
3rd 0.67% 12.75% 32.55% 54.04%
4th 0.29% 13.02% 30.83% 55.86%
5th 0.72% 13.63% 31.68% 53.96%
6th 0.41% 13.45% 27.00% 59.13%
7th 0.37% 16.61% 37.07% 45.95%
8th 1.14% 25.35% 36.72% 36.79%

State of Alabama Math Scores 2009-2010[15] - Percent of Students in Each Achievement Level

Grade Level I Level II Level III Level IV
3rd 4.34% 15.53% 29.05% 51.08%
4th 2.05% 16.69% 28.17% 53.09%
5th 0.56% 16.83% 33.20% 49.41%
6th 0.07% 22.99% 40.91% 36.03%
7th 0.03% 31.21% 39.35% 29.41%
8th 0.01% 21.37% 53.03% 25.59%

Level I - Does Not Meet Academic Content Standards.

Level II - Partially Meets Academic Content Standards.

Level III - Meets Academic Content Standards.

Level IV - Exceeds Academic Content Standards.

State of Alabama AYP Results 2009-2010[15]

District Made AYP?
State of Alabama N
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Cullman County N
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The Alabama Education Association (AEA) is the teachers union for the State of Alabama.[17] The AEA is affiliated with the National Education Association (NEA).[18]

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