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  • Opelika City Schools knows about COOPERATION

     

    Cooperation means don't cheat and be fair and be friendly and nice. My sister is mean to sometimes but I'm nice and I get treats for being nice to others and for being cooperative. ~ Evan Goodman - 2nd grader – Jeter Primary School

    My brother cooperates with my sister. They were playing tic-tac-toe and they were cooperative. Cooperative means when you get along with someone. You can cooperate when you share with others. You can also cooperate by being nice to someone. ~ D'Anthony Moore - 2nd grader – Jeter Primary School

    Cooperation means to get along with each other. In first grade, I had two friends that would not play with me, when we went to Burger King, We worked it out and cooperated with each other. ~ Connor Haynes – 2nd grader – Jeter Primary School

    Cooperation means to get along with others. I cooperated on the playground with Jamell. I always play with him. I cooperate with my sister and I always play with her. ~ Dev Patel - 2nd grader – Jeter Primary

  • Mr. Mason - Principal of Morris Avenue Intermediate School


         At Morris Avenue Intermediate School, the education of the child is a TEAM effort involving the student, parent/guardian, faculty/staff and community.  From the moment you enter the school it is apparent that the school is focused on a common goal.  The school selects an annual theme and incorporates it into the curriculum.  “We are ALL*STARS” was selected as the 2009 theme.  “Each year when we announce the theme, the students get excited,” states Nino Mason, principal.  “In fact, I even have former students and family members check with me after they have left Morris Avenue just to see what the new theme is.  It is a way for the students, teachers and families to have ownership of the school.” 


                As principal of Morris Avenue since 2004, Mr. Mason has seen an increase in technology, an increase in parental involvement and an emphasis on team and grade level planning.  All of which leads the school to become more child centered and meet the needs of every child. “We have a dedicated staff that believes in working together to achieve the common goal of educating all students,” states Mason.  In working with his team of teachers, Mr. Mason encourages them to “think outside the box”.  Whether it is encouraging his staff or congratulating his students on a job well done, Mason believes in being actively involved with his students and teachers.


                The ALL*STAR team at Morris Avenue is a group of educators that share a collective responsibility to educate all students that attend this positive and child-centered learning community.  Comments Mr. Mason, “It’s a joy to come to work each day at Morris Avenue.”

  • Tommy Agee

    After nine years of playing professional football, my family and I decided to move to Opelika. We had other choices but Opelika was just the place for us. The high quality of education sold us on the fact that it was the place to raise a family.  Both Anchylus, my wife, and I are from very small towns so we knew we did not want to settle down in a big city, especially not as big as the ones we had lived in while I was playing professional football ( Seattle , Dallas and Kansas City ).  We thought Montgomery would be the spot.  Even after we built our dream home there, we knew that we would have to look toward private schooling for the children and neither of us wanted that.  A year or two after my retirement, we realized that Montgomery was not the small town atmosphere we were in search of.  I enjoyed Auburn and wanted to be close.  Anchylus lived in Opelika a couple of years before we were married and so Opelika just seemed like the small town atmosphere that we were in search of.  When we heard about the wonderful things going on in the Opelika City Schools, we were sold.  Expecting our 3rd child in less than 2 months, we packed up and here we are.  We have really enjoyed the past 10 years here and with the support of a wonderful church family and friends, we feel proud to call Opelika our home.

    Tommie Agee
  • Stan Cox - Invites You to be Your Best

    One of the great aspects of the Opelika City School System is that it invites each student to be their best.  Our schools offer courses, clubs, organizations, and teams that allow a student to pursue his or her interests, while attending regular and advanced academic classes.  This allows us, as teachers, administrators and coaches, to educate the whole child – to make students well-rounded individuals.
  • Peter Amos - Learning Life’s Lessons

    I am very glad to have been educated in the Opelika City School System.  It was there that I met many life-long friends and learned many life lessons that I have carried with me through my professional development.

    In particular, I recall taking accounting from Mrs. Claire Plott.  Mrs. Plott helped me to gain an appreciation of many business principles and the accounting behind them.

    After graduation from Opelika High School, I went to Auburn University and majored in accounting.  Even though I am not an accountant by trade, not a day goes by that I do not use the knowledge gained in those classes in the management of my business.

     

  • David & Lynette Strickland - Proud to Call Opelika “ Home ”

    My husband, David and I both grew up in Lee County ...he in Auburn and myself in Opelika .  When we married we lived in Opelika and Auburn and then moved away for seven years.  During that time we were growing our family and doing our "tour" of much of the South, living in South Carolina , Mississippi , and Tennessee .  When the opportunity presented itself to move back to Lee County and our extended family, we jumped on it.

    By the time that we returned to Alabama , our school-aged children had attended private school in three different states and were, at that time, home schooled. Home schooling worked well for us and became our lifestyle for six years.

    When we were considering relocation to Alabama , we chose Opelika for its hometown feeling.  We love Auburn football and both graduated from Auburn University , but Opelika offers us a quiet retreat from it all without straying too far to get involved when we choose.

    After six years, home schooling a large family became increasingly difficult and we weighed our options of educating our children.  We looked into the area private schools, but selected Opelika City Schools after a tour of the schools and meetings with teachers.
  • Nancy Parker - No Greater Foundation

    When I graduated from Opelika High School in 1984, I had no idea just how rich an education I had earned. Everyday, I use a piece of what that school system instilled in me. From reporting the news, to interviewing the President at the White House, or traveling abroad on assignment, Opelika City Schools armed me with the confidence to step into challenges, not around them.

    I can thank teachers like David Crouse who brought Economics to life, and Fred Stearns who showed me the importance and joy of learning another language. The skill of being able to understand and speak Spanish has given me an edge in my daily work.  I thank Miss Myrtis Burton, a no-nonsense teacher who insisted her students master the typewriter. Each time I type a story on deadline, I think of her and her insistence on speed and perfection.
  • Opelika Cross Country

    The Opelika Cross Country team hosted the First Annual Invitational Cross Country Meet at Opelika Sportsplex on September 24. The meet began with the middle school race at 8:30 a.m. followed by the Varsity Girls race and the Varsity Boys race.

    Cordaryl Whitehead lead the Opelika Boys Varsity Cross Country Team to a second place team finish on Saturday. Whitehead won the race in course record time of 16:59. The following were the remaining scorers: JAMES RAY THRASH (5TH-18:00), SHAKIEL PARKER (7TH-18:30), KANE BARRETT (9TH-18:45) and BEN BRYANT (17TH-19:36).

    Other runners were: Anfernee Williams (20th-20:35), Kyler Gillock (21st-20:48), Logan Pridgen (25th-21:08), and Jalen Carlisle (29th-22:37).

    Emma Garner paced the Varsity Girls to a second place team finish. Emma won the race setting a course record of 20:32. Garner was followed by Tanisya Jones (5th-22:24), Brittany Golden (14th-24:02), Kelcie Carpenter (16th-24:18), and Anna Lazenby (29th-26:17).

    Opelika Middle School Boys won the JV race 3K. The boys were paced by a first place finish by Rohman Clarke (11:10). The following were the top 5 scorers for Opelika Middle School. Kevin Lazenby (3rd-11:26), Ben Garner (8th-11:59), Trent Ogle (10th-12:04), Andrew Bartlett (13th-12:17).

    Other runners were: Will Overstreet (15th-12:26), Keyshawn Shaw (16th-12:27), Braden Holloway (20th-12:41), Jonathan Bizillia (22nd-12:49), Davis Butz (23rd-12:49), Givon Clarke (25th-12:56), Austen Blackmon (26th-13:09), Palmer Long (28th-13:09).

    Opelika Girls Middle School has a team finish of second. The girls were paced by Adriana Anthony (3rd-14:21). Anthony was followed by Emma Royal (6th-14:57), Rachel Sharma (10th-15:23), Sarah Brewer (31st-17:51), and Emma Grace Scullen (33rd-18:01).

    Area teams competing included Opelika, Auburn, Smiths Station, Trinity Presbyterian-Montgomery, and Central-Phenix City. Thanks to all of the sponsors and parents who helped coordinate the event.

  • Jim Voss - Lessons Well Learned

    While in the Opelika school system, I had many great teachers and coaches.  Ray Campbell, Jimmy Jones, and Bobby Barrett are coaches who taught me teamwork, discipline, and dedication when I played football, wrestled, and ran track under their guidance.

    The lessons I learned from these men on the playing field and in the gym were used often throughout my life.  Their encouragement during many hours of hard work provided me with a determination to never give up that enabled me to persevere and achieve my career goals.

    Teachers who were particularly influential when they taught me were Major Waite, who opened the door for me to obtain an ROTC scholarship, Mr. Jim Strong, who showed me a person can overcome obstacles and succeed, Mr. Wayne Poe, who provided me with personal guidance when I needed it, and Mrs. Helen Schlesinger, who through her classes on chemistry and physics inspired me to continue my technical education.

  • Our Town

    The Opelika High School Theatre Society presents....Our Town by Thornton Wilder.

    Performance dates are as follows: October 20-7:00 p.m.; October 23-5:00 p.m.; October 25-7:00 p.m.; October 26-7:00 p.m.; October 28-7:00 p.m.; and October 29-7:00 p.m. All performances will be held at the Opelika Center for the Performing Arts at Opelika High School.

    Tickets are available at the door.

  • CNP Smallware Bid

    BID ANNOUNCEMENT

     SMALLWARES BID

    OPELIKA CITY SCHOOLS CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAM INVITES YOU TO BID ON SMALLWARES FOR OPELIKA CITY SCHOOLS.  BIDS WILL BE RECEIVED IN THE CHILD NUTRITION OFFICE UNTIL WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011 AT 10:00 A.M.

    ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THE BID SPECIFICATIONS OR THE BID PROCESS SHOULD BE

    DIRECTED TO:  

    NANCY S. OLAVESON, CNP DIRECTOR

    OPELIKA CITY SCHOOLS

    P.O. BOX 2469

    OPELIKA, AL  36803-2469

                                                            (334)745-9700

  • Dr. Charles Hannah - A Classroom Where Magic Happens

    I came to Opelika City Schools as a student-intern in 1974. A position opened in the English Department of the old Junior High School as I graduated in the fall of 1974, and I was fortunate to be hired. I’ve been here ever since. I taught at the Junior High for nine years, took a year’s leave of absence to work on my doctorate at Auburn University , and then came to the High School in 1985.

     The guiding philosophy of this school system has always been first to ask the question, “Will the results benefit students?” If the answer is “yes,” we try it. That question has always guided everything we do. That philosophy has a lot to do with why I’ve stayed. Our mission has always been to help kids fulfill their potential.
  • Spence McCracken - It’s All About Relationships

    I believe in the students, athletes, teachers and parents that I deal with each day.  It’s all about the relationships we have with one another.

    While my wife is the one person who inspires me, the people I work with on a daily basis give me the passion that I have for teaching and coaching.

    Jesus Christ is the role model of my life, but at Opelika High School , I can truly say that everyone has always gone out of their way to help us achieve and be our best.  I’ve served under three great principals, and admire all of them for the job they do.

    We all have the same goal – helping kids achieve to the best of ability, no matter what the challenge.

  • Tommy Jackson - Doing the Fine Tuning

    Coach McCracken, my head football coach at Opelika High School showed me the meaning of working hard for something.  He taught me the importance of standing for something.

    Although my mother and grandmother taught me how to be a man, Coach McCracken fine-tuned me into becoming a man, stressing the importance of a college education.  I finished college in three years, thanks to the high academic standards of the Opelika City School System.

    Folks often tell me that I’ve never met a stranger, but that’s the way I was raised.  I am quick to give a hug, because its one way, besides a handshake, to show that you are supporting another person and making yourself approachable.  You can truly build a bond that is stronger than a handshake or a walk-by hello, by giving a hug.

    I believe you should always treat people with lots of love and respect.  If you love and respect yourself, others will do the same.  You have to set the example for how you want to be treated.  No one respects a man who does not respect himself.

    Tommy Jackson
    Defensive Tackle
    Kansas City Chiefs

  • MECHANIC

    APPLICATION PERIOD – November 28 – December 11, 2012 

    QUALIFICATIONS 

    1.     HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR GED

    2.     EFFECTIVE HUMAN RELATION SKILLS.

    3.     PROFESSIONALISM, DEDICATION AND FLEXIBILITY.

    4.    MUST BE SELF-MOTIVATED AND ABLE TO WORK WITHOUT DIRECT SUPERVISION.

    5.    MUST BE A TEAM PLAYER WITH A POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND GOOD WORK ETHIC.

    6.    MUST HAVE ESTABLISHED JOB SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE IN MECHANIC WORK, PRIMARILY ON SCHOOL BUSES, AUTOS AND TRUCKS.

    7.   MUST POSSESS A CURRENT ALABAMA DRIVER’S LICENSE.

    8.   MUST BE ABLE TO OBTAIN A CLASS A OR B CDL WITH PASSENGER AND 5 ENDORSEMENTS WITHIN 90 DAYS OF EMPLOYMENT.

    9.   MUST BE ABLE TO OBTAIN AN ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SCHOOL BUS DRIVER CERTIFICATE WITHIN 180 DAYS OF EMPLOYMENT.

    10. MUST BE ABLE TO PASS AN ALABAMA SCHOOL BUS DRIVER PHYSICAL EXAMINATION REPORT WITHIN 180 DAYS OF EMPLOYMENT.

    11. MUST BE ABLE TO OBTAIN A BUS MECHANIC CERTIFICATION THROUGH THE ALABAMA STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OR POSSESS EXPERIENCE TO APPLY FOR CERTIFICATION WITHIN 180 DAYS OF EMPLOYMENT. 

    JOB RESPONSIBILITIES 

      -PERFORM PREVENATIVE AND ROUTINE MAINTENANCE ON VEHICLES AND OTHER ASSIGNED ITEMS.

      -PROVIDE ON-THE-ROAD SERVICE TO VEHICLES OWNED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION.

      -MAKE MONTHLY SAFETY INSPECTIONS OF ALL VEHICLES AS NEEDED.

      -KEEP CURRENT ON NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN AUTOMOTIVE AND DIESEL MECHANICS RELEVANT TO SCHOOL BUS REPAIR.

      -FUEL OPELIKA CITY SCHOOLS BUSES AND VEHICLES.

      -INVENTORY AND MAINTAIN SCHOOL BUS AND VEHICLE PARTS.

      -MAINTAIN A CLEAN AND SAFE BUS SHOP AREA.

      -ASSIST AS SUBSTITUTE BUS DRIVER WHEN NECESSARY.

      -HAVE SOME KNOWLEDGE OF COMPUTER, DIAGNOSTIC AND RECORDING SKILLS.

      -FOLLOW ALL REGULATION AND POLICIES OF OPELIKA CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION.

      -PERFORM ALL DUTIES AND TASKS AS REQUESTED BY THE DIRECTOR OF TRANSPORTATION AND  SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION.

    -MAY BE REQUIRED TO BE ON CALL AFTER NORMAL WORKING HOURS.

      

    CONTRACT MONTHS

     

    TWELVE-MONTH CONTRACT

     

    SALARY

     

    BASED ON CURRENT SALARY SCHEDULE

     

  • CARPENTER

    APPLICATION PERIOD – November 28 – December 11, 2012 

    QUALIFICATIONS 

    1. HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR GED
    2. VALID ALABAMA DRIVERS LICENSE
    3. EFFECTIVE HUMAN RELATION SKILLS.
    4. PROFESSIONALISM, DEDICATION AND FLEXIBILITY.
    5. TECHNICAL TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE IN CARPENTRY AND PLUMBLING.
    6. KNOWLEDGE OF HVAC AND ELECTRICITY PREFERRED.
    7. MUST BE SELF-MOTIVATED AND ABLE TO WORK WITHOUT DIRECT SUPERVISION.
    8. MUST BE A TEAM PLAYER WITH A POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND GOOD WORK ETHIC. 

    CONTRACT MONTHS 

    TWELVE-MONTH CONTRACT 

    SALARY 

    BASED ON CURRENT SALARY SCHEDULE

     

  • FRENCH **EMERGENCY HIRE** OHS

    QUALIFICATIONS: 

    1.         Valid Alabama Teacher’s Certificate with Appropriate Endorsement

    2.         Effective Human Relation Skills

    3.         Professionalism, Dedication and Flexibility

    4.         Previous Experience Preferred But Not Required

    POSTED:  October 18th – 24th, 2012

     

  • ENGLISH **EMERGENCY HIRE** (OHS) (2)

    QUALIFICATIONS: 

    1.         Valid Alabama Teacher’s Certificate with Appropriate Endorsement

    2.         Effective Human Relation Skills

    3.         Professionalism, Dedication and Flexibility

    4.         Previous Experience Preferred But Not Required

     

    POSTED:  October 18th – 24th, 2012

     

  • ENGLISH **EMERGENCY HIRE** (OHS)

    QUALIFICATIONS: 

    1.         Valid Alabama Teacher’s Certificate with Appropriate Endorsement

    2.         Effective Human Relation Skills

    3.         Professionalism, Dedication and Flexibility

    4.         Previous Experience Preferred But Not Required

     

    POSTED:  October 18th – 24th, 2012

     

  • CUSTODIAN - 10 MONTHS

    APPLICATION PERIOD:   July 23, 2012 – August 6,  2012 

    QUALIFICATIONS: 

    1.   HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR GED

    2.   EFFECTIVE HUMAN RELATION SKILLS

    3.   PROFESSIONALISM AND DEDICATION

    4.KNOWLEDGE OF VARIOUS MACHINERY PREFERRED BUT REQUIRED.

    5.SUBJECT TO AN ABI AND FBI INVESTIGATION. 

    SALARY - BASED ON CURRENTSALARYSCHEDULE 

    CONTRACT – 10 MONTH

  • PAYROLL BOOKKEEPER

    APPLICATION PERIOD:  MARCH 9 – MARCH 22, 2011

      

    QUALIFICATIONS:


    Must have a High school diploma or GED.

    Payroll background preferred with experience and/or formal training in computerized accounting.

    Experience with CSI- MCALEER (Nextgen) software preferred but not required.

    Demonstrate ability to work independently and prioritize tasks.

    Ability to communicate effectively through oral and written communications.

    Word processing skills preferred but not required.

    Database and spreadsheet skills preferred but not required.

    Effective human relation skills.

    Professionalism, dedication and flexibility.

    Must have a clear background check with the ABI and FBI


    Click here to fill out application



  • Certified Positions

     

     

    P.E. Teacher

    Art Teacher

     

    QUALIFICATIONS:

     

    1.         Valid Alabama Teacher’s Certificate with Appropriate Endorsement

    2.         Effective Human Relation Skills

    3.         Professionalism, Dedication and Flexibility

    4.         Previous Experience Preferred But Not Required

     

    SALARY:  Based on Current Salary Schedule

    APPLICATIONS MAY BE COMPLETED ONLINE (WWW.ALSDE.EDU) OR CONTACT:

     

    ATTN:  PERSONNEL

    OPELIKA CITY SCHOOLS

    P. O. BOX 2469 - 300 SIMMONS STREET

    OPELIKA, AL  36803-2469

    PHONE:  334-745-9700

    FAX: 334-745-9706

     

    THE OPELIKA CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION IS COMMITTED TO EQUAL OPPORTUNITY IN EMPLOYMENT AND DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF AGE, SEX, RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, DISABILITY, OR NATIONAL ORIGIN.

     

    POSTED:  May 26, 2011 – June 8, 2011

  • SECONDARY CHORAL DIRECTOR - OHS

     

    ANNUAL CALENDAR DAYS:   Contract to be determined based on experience

                                                      and certification          

    QUALIFCATIONS: 

    - Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education or related field.

    - Alabama teaching certificate.

    - Strong communication, both oral and in written, skills are required.

    - Strong interpersonal skills are required to establish and maintain effective working   relationships with staff, students, parents and members of the community.

    - Thorough knowledge of the fundamentals of choirs.

    - Thorough knowledge of the principles and methodology of effective teaching.

    - Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.

    - Any other qualifications deemed appropriate by the Board. 

    JOB GOAL: 

    This position is responsible for establishing and leading a successful choral program which includes singing and choreographed performances. This position shall set an example of an exceptional professional educator and be ever mindful that both Director and student represent the Opelika City Schools and are expected to conduct themselves in an exemplary manner.

     

    This position shall not only be responsible for development of  entertaining choirs and ensembles but also, the development of self-discipline, character, teamwork, leadership, citizenship, responsibility, academic excellence and the molding of the leaders of tomorrow’s society.  The primary duties of the person holding this position will be to instruct and manage the high school choral music program; promote school spirit through musical performances; and encourage student participation.

    POSTED: APRIL 10 - UNTIL FILLED


  • Certified

    APPLICATIONS MAY BE COMPLETED ONLINE OR OBTAINED AT THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OFFICE AT THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS:

    ATTN:  PERSONNEL
    OPELIKA CITY SCHOOLS
    P. O. BOX 2469 - 300 SIMMONS STREET
    OPELIKA, AL  36803-2469
    PHONE:  334-745-9700
    FAX: 334-745-9706

    The Opelika City Board of Education is committed to equal opportunity in employment and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, disability, or national origin.


    The Opelika City School System is seeking dedicated individuals to work with Opelika’s school children.  As a part of our Vision 2000 plan and our commitment to unitary status with the federal courts, we are also committed to recruiting and employing minority support staff for our school district.
     

    To apply to work in a progressive school system, supported both financially and in spirit by the Opelika community, you are encouraged to contact the Personnel Department for information and application materials.  We will interview and hire for these positions 14 days after posting or until filled.  We accept applications for all positions between 7:30 and 4:15 every workday or you may mail them to the address below.  You may also access our website at www.opelikaschools.org and complete an application.

    The following positions are currently open:

    CLASSIFIED:

    NONE AT THIS TIME


    To qualify for a classified position, the following is required:
     

    1.   HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR GED
    2.   EFFECTIVE HUMAN RELATION SKILLS
    3.   PROFESSIONALISM AND DEDICATION
    4.   SUBJECT TO AN ABI AND FBI INVESTIGATION.


    CERTIFIED:

    NONE AT THIS TIME

    To be considered, you must be certified and highly qualified according to “No Child Left Behind” guidelines for the position advertised.

                                                                             

     To qualify for a certified position, the following is required: 

     

    1.         Valid Alabama Teacher’s Certificate with Appropriate Endorsement

    2.         Effective Human Relation Skills

    3.         Professionalism, Dedication and Flexibility

    4.         Previous Experience Preferred But Not Required



    Last updated AUGUST 2009




    Click here to fill out application

  • Secondary Choral Director

    JOB TITLE: Secondary Choral Director

    REPORTS TO: Principal

    ANNUAL CALENDAR DAYS: 187 (9 Months)

    APPLICATION PERIOD: May 26, 2011 – June 8, 2011

    QUALIFCATIONS:


    1. Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education or related field.
    2. Alabama teaching certificate.
    3. Strong communication, both oral and in written, skills are required.
    4. Strong interpersonal skills are required to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, students, parents and members of the community.
    5. Thorough knowledge of the fundamentals of choirs.
    6. Thorough knowledge of the principles and methodology of effective teaching.
    7. Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.
    8. Any other qualifications deemed appropriate by the Board.

     

  • FOOD SERVICE WORKER’S

    QUALIFICATIONS :

    1. High school diploma or GED

    2. Experience in institutional food service preferred.

    3. Able to work harmoniously with teachers, students, administrators and co-workers.

    4. Subject to an ABI and FBI background check.

    CONTRACT MONTHS: Nine

    SALARY: Based on current salary schedule.

    APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

     

    TO APPLY, PLEASE CONTACT:

    PERSONNEL

    OPELIKA CITY SCHOOLS

    P. O. BOX 2469 - 300 SIMMONS STREET

    OPELIKA, AL 36803-2469

    PHONE: 334-745-9700

    FAX: 334-745-9706

    The Opelika City Board of Education is committed to equal opportunity in employment and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, disability, or national origin.

  • ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL (WEST FOREST INTERMEDIATE)

     QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s in Administration

    - Plus Five Years Classroom Experience (Elementary Preferred) 

    RESPONSIBILITIES: 

    The principal is responsible to the superintendent and serves as the instructional and administrative leader of the school.  Working collaboratively with staff, students and community to ensure a high quality educational program, positive school culture and to formulate and accomplish the school mission is the principal’s major task.

    SALARY:  Based on Current Salary Schedule (240 DAYS)

     

    POSTED:  March 29, 2012 –Until Filled

    ___________________________________________________________________

  • Certified Positions

    The Opelika City Schools System is seeking dedicated professional individuals to work with Opelika’s school children.  As a part of our Vision 2000 plan and our commitment to unitary status with the federal courts, we are also committed to recruiting and employing minority teachers and administrators for our school district.

    To apply to work in a progressive school system, supported both financially and in spirit by the Opelika community, you are encouraged to contact the Personnel Department for information and application materials.  This is an emergency hire, we will interview and hire a teacher 7 days after posting or until the position is filled.  We accept applications for all positions every work day between 7:30 and 4:15 or you may mail them to the address below.  You may also access our website at www.opelikaschools.org and complete an application.

  • SECONDARY PRINCIPAL (OPELIKA MIDDLE SCHOOL)


    APPLICATION PERIOD – MAY 3 – MAY 16, 2011


    POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:


    The principal is responsible to the superintendent and serves as the instructional and administrative leader of the school. Working with staff, students and community to ensure a high quality educational program and to formulate and accomplish the school mission is the principal’s major task.


    Click Here to fill out application


  • Certified Positions

    The Opelika City Schools System is seeking dedicated professional individuals to work with Opelika’s school children.  As a part of our Vision 2000 plan and our commitment to unitary status with the federal courts, we are also committed to recruiting and employing minority teachers and administrators for our school district.

    To apply to work in a progressive school system, supported both financially and in spirit by the Opelika community, you are encouraged to contact the Personnel Department for information and application materials.  This is an emergency hire, we will interview and hire a teacher 7 days after posting or until the position is filled.  We accept applications for all positions every work day between 7:30 and 4:15 or you may mail them to the address below.


    Click here to fill out application

      
  • Chief School Financial Officer

     

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    Have a minimum of three years experience in public agency accounting, obtain certification as a Chief School Finance Officer from the Alabama State Department of Education within three (3) years of employment, maintain certification through continuing education requirements, and meet one or more of the following professional requirements:

     

    • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a concentration in a business-related curriculum (accounting, finance, business administration, etc.) including at least 9 semester hours in accounting.
    • Hold an MBA or other graduate degree in a business-related field from a regionally accredited institution.
    • Is a Certified Public Accountant.
    • Hold a baccalaureate degree in a concentration other than a business-related curriculum but have at least 24 semester hours of business-related courses, with at least 18 hours in the following courses (or course equivalent):
    • Principles of Accounting I (3 semester hours)
    • Principles of Accounting II (3 semester hours)
    • Intermediate Accounting (3 semester hours)
    • Cost Accounting (3 semester hours)
    • Governmental Accounting (3 semester hours)
    • Financial Management (3 semester hours)
    • General Management (3 semester hours)
    • Business (or Organizational) Communications (3 semester hours)

    Must be bondable.

    Valid Alabama Drivers License.

     

    REPORTS TO:  Superintendent/Board of Education

     

    JOB GOAL:

     

    To administer the business affairs of the district in such a way as to provide the best possible educational services with the financial resources available and be responsible for a financial management system that reflects the financial condition of the local board of education on a timely and accurate basis.

     

    DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES:

     

    1. Maintain an accounting system in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and governmental accounting standards.
    2. Maintain a school payroll accounting system in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
    3. Prepare financial reports annually and at other times as requested by the local school superintendent, the local board of education, and other agencies.
    4. Prepare monthly financial reports to the board of education as required by law.
    5. Prepare reports as required by other agencies.
    6. Maintain an adequate system of internal controls including property and inventory accounting.
    7. Maintain a sound system of cash management.
    8. Maintain a sound accounting system in the individual local schools.
    9. Maintain a system of contracting and purchasing procedures.
    10. Coordinate the preparation of the annual budget and any amendments.
    11. Maintain the financial operations of the child nutrition program and other special programs in accordance with state and federal requirements.
    12. Carry out assigned responsibilities in accordance with federal, state, and local laws and with applicable rules and regulations.
    13. Responsible for investment of funds upon local superintendent’s approval.
    14. Serve as network administrator for accounting software.
    15. Serve as office manager of Central Office support staff ensuring office runs in an efficient and professional manner.
    16. Perform other duties as may be assigned to the position by law, by the local school superintendent and local board of education, and by rules and regulations of the State Board of Education and the local government.

    REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

     

    1. Knowledgeable of accounting standards, laws, policies, rules, and regulations.
    2. Knowledgeable of tax laws and applicable regulations that impact upon employee’s benefits, tax forms, and related employee concerns.
    3. Knowledgeable in group business techniques and computers at a level required to implement and maintain an automated financial system.
    4. Ability to supervise and evaluate personnel assigned to the areas of business and finance.
    5. Ability to communicate effectively in written and verbal form.
    6. Possess physical and emotional ability and dexterity to perform required work and move about as needed in a fast-paced, high-intensity work environment.
    7. Possess ability to work effectively with local superintendent and local board of education to assist and facilitate accomplishment of school system goals and objectives.

    EVALUATION:

     

    The evaluation of the Chief School Financial Officer’s job performance will be determined by the Superintendent of Education with the consultation of the school board.

     

    TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: 

    12 month position. 

     

    SALARY: 

    Salary is negotiable depending upon experience, knowledge, and skills of the position requirements. 

     

     APPLICATION PROCESS:  

     Resumes will be accepted through May 31, 2011 or until the position is filled.  A transcript and/or Certified Public Accountant Certificate will be required if an interview is scheduled. 

     

     Send a letter of interest and a current resume to: 

                                                 Dr. Mark Neighbors, Superintendent

                                                 Opelika City Schools Board of Education

                                                 Post Office Box 2469

                                                 Opelika, AL 36803-2469

     Opelika City Board of Education is an equal opportunity employer.

  • MANAGER (FOOD SERVICE)

    QUALIFICATIONS :

    1. HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR GED

    2. EXPERIENCE IN INSTITUTIONAL FOOD SERVICE PREFERRED.

    3. ABLE TO WORK HARMONIOUSLY WITH TEACHERS, STUDENTS ADMINISTRATORS AND CO-WORKERS.

    4. BE ABLE TO PASS A FOOD SERVICE TEST.

     

    CONTRACT MONTHS: NINE (187 Days)

    SALARY: BASED ON CURRENT SALARY SCHEDULE

     

    APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

    TO APPLY, PLEASE CONTACT:

    PERSONNEL

    OPELIKA CITY SCHOOLS

    P. O. BOX 2469 - 300 SIMMONS STREET

    OPELIKA, AL 36803-2469

    PHONE: 334-745-9700

    FAX: 334-745-9706

    THE OPELIKA CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION IS COMMITTED TO EQUAL OPPORTUNITY IN EMPLOYMENT AND DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF AGE, SEX, RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, DISABILITY, OR NATIONAL ORIGIN.

  • Federal Programs Coordinator

    APPLICATION PERIOD – May 3 – May 16, 2011

     

    RESPONSIBILITIES:

     

    The Federal Programs Coordinator is responsible to the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and manages all federal programs, ensuring compliance and coordinating with the school systems’ objectives.

     

    Click Here to fill out application


  • CLASSIFIED POSITIONS

    FOOD SERVICE WORKER'S

    BUS DRIVER'S

     

    1. HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR GED

    2. EFFECTIVE HUMAN RELATION SKILLS

    3. PROFESSIONALISM AND DEDICATION

    4. SUBJECT TO AN ABI AND FBI INVESTIGATION.

     

    SALARY FOR ALL POSITIONS LISTED: Based on Current Salary Schedules

     

    Posted: May 1, 2012

     

  • Job Vacancy

    ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS

    MATH

    SCIENCE

    SOCIAL SCIENCE

     

    QUALIFICATIONS:

     

    1.         Must have a valid certificate from the ALSDE and be HQ according to NCLB.

    2.         Effective human relation skills.

    3.         Professionalism, dedication and flexibility.

    4.         Previous experience preferred but not required.

     

    CONTRACT MONTHS:  Nine Months (187 days)

    SALARY:  Based on current teacher salary schedule (187 days).

    Click here to fill out application 

     

    APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

     

    Applications may be completed on-line (www.opelikaschools.org) or by contacting:

     

    ATTN:  PERSONNEL

    OPELIKA CITY SCHOOLS

    P. O. BOX 2469 - 300 SIMMONS STREET

    OPELIKA, AL  36803-2469

    PHONE:  334-745-9700

    FAX: 334-745-9706

     

    The Opelika City Board of Education is committed to equal opportunity in employment and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, disability, or national origin.

     

    POSTED:  March 25, 2011

  • Substitute Bus Driver

    The Opelika City School System is currently accepting applications for Substitute Bus Drivers. Please go to the employment section of our website and complete the application for Bus Driver. You may mail or bring the completed application to the address listed below. If you should have any questions please contact Jeff Foster, Transportation Coordinator at (334) 745-9704.

     

    ATTN: HUMAN RESOURCES
    OPELIKA CITY SCHOOLS
    P. O. BOX 2469 - 300 SIMMONS STREET
    OPELIKA, AL 36803-2469
    PHONE: 334-745-9700
    FAX: 334-745-9706

     

  • School Messenger

    Reminder:  In the event of severe weather, you will be called by the School Messenger system to inform you of any school closings.  Information will also be posted on the school website, the OCS facebook page and broadcast on local radio stations.  Our administrators are in constant contact with the local EMA to determine the path of severe weather.  As always, student safety is our priority.  

  • OMS Student Wins County Spelling Bee

     

     


    Congratulations to KeyShawn Shaw, an 8th grader at Opelika Middle School, for winning the Lee County Spelling Bee!  Shaw will advance to the State Spelling Bee in Birmingham on March 9.  Congratulations KeyShawn and best of luck at the State Bee!

  • OHS vs. Hoover State Championship Game Information

    OHS vs. Hoover

    AHSAA 6A State Championship Game

    December 7, 2012  7:00 p.m.

    Jordan-Hare stadium

     

    What time is the game?

              7:00 p.m. Friday at Jordan-Hare stadium.  We are the home team.

              Wear Red or your favorite Bulldog colors!  The DawgWalk is at 4:45

              p.m. between gates 8 and 10.  Be there!

     

    Will school be dismissed early on Friday?

              OHS and OMS car riders will be dismissed at 11:30.

                        OHS bus riders will be dismissed at 11:25.*

                        OMS and OLC bus riders will be dismissed at 11:35.*

              Primary and Intermediate School car riders will be dismissed at 12:30.

                        Primary bus riders will be dismissed at 12:25.*

                        Intermediate bus riders will be dismissed at 12:35.*

              All schools will be closed once the students are dismissed.  Please

              contact your school principal with any questions.

                                                                    *all bus departures are approximate

     

    How do I get tickets?

              The website to purchase tickets is www.super6al.com  or you can

              purchase them at the gate on Friday.  Tickets are $10 plus a

              processing fee online or $12 at the gate.  All tickets are general

              admission.

     

    What time does the ticket window open at the stadium?

              The ticket window at Gate 3 will open at 8:30 a.m. on Friday for home

              spectators.

     

    Will my ticket work for more than one game?

              Your ticket is valid for admission to all of the games on Friday but you

              will not be allowed to re-enter the stadium without purchasing another

              ticket.

      

    What time is the DawgWalk?

              The DawgWalk is at 4:45 p.m. All fans are encouraged to get there

              early and support the players as they enter the stadium.  The players

              will be dropped off outside Gate 8 and walk to the team entrance at        

              Gate 10.

     

    What gate do I enter?

              Home spectators should enter through Gate 3 or 14.

     

    Where is the best place to park?

              Parking will be available at the Hayfield lots on South Donahue.  There

              will be shuttle service to the stadium.  

    ***Parking Update from the AHSAA: On campus parking will open at 4pm both Thursday and Friday. The parking garage next to Jordan-Hare will open to the public at 4pm both days. The parking garage off West Magnolia is open, $5 fee.

     

    Where can I tailgate?

    Update:     ATTENTION ALL DAWG FANS the community tailgate has been moved. Courtesy of Auburn University, we will now be in the field on the corner of south college and Donahue. We will have it all to ourselves. They are providing toilets and sending transit buses just for us. We are taking over that field. It is now the DAWG FIELD!! Hope to see everyone there. GO DAWGS!!!!!!!     

    Tailgating is allowed in the Hayfield lots on South Donahue.  Opelika

              fans are gathering for a community tailgate at the Hayfield lots before

              the game until 4:00 p.m.  Look for the Opelika flags and tents.  Food is  

              provided if you prepay $5.00 per person by Wednesday.  Send your

              money in an envelope marked “OHS Tailgate” with your name listed to

              the front office at OHS.  Bring your own drinks and chairs.  All

              Bulldog fans are welcome.

     

    What time will the eagle fly?

              The eagle will fly approximately 15 minutes before kickoff.

     

    Will the game be broadcast?

              The game will be broadcast on WKKR, 97.7 FM.  Check the Super6

              website for live streaming.

     

    GO DAWGS!

  • OHS vs. Hoover Championship Game

    Tickets to the AHSAA 6A Championship Football Game on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at Jordan-Hare can only be purchased through the website below or at Jordan-Hare stadium.  More details to come.  GO DAWGS!!

    http://super6al.com/auburn/index.php

  • Meet the Bulldogs

    Meet the Bulldogs is tonight at 6:00 p.m. at Bulldog stadium. Join us as we introduce the Cross Country team, the Volleyball team, the JV and Varsity Cheer Squads, the Spirit of the South Marching Band and the OHS 9th grade and Varsity football teams. Go Dawgs!

  • OHS Bulldog Summer Baseball Camp

    OHS Bulldog Summer Baseball Camp

    presented by Sports Academy with Coach Scott Sullivan and Coach Mark Fuller

    Tuesday, May 29-Friday, June 1

    8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon each day

    Ages 7-12

    at the OHS baseball field

    Cost:  $100 per child.  Space is limited to 75 players.

    Pre-register no later that Friday, May 25 to reserve your spot.  Walk-ups will be accepted on the day of camp based on availability.  

    Registration forms are available at www.sportsacademyauburn.com  or call 334-749-4040 for more information.

  • Letter to Parents regarding H1N1 virus

     

     April 30, 2009

     Dear Parents,

     

                You are obviously aware of the nationwide concern regarding the H1N1 virus.  I want to communicate to you the steps we have been taking to reduce the opportunities for spreading this or any contagious illness.   Hand washing, disinfecting computer keyboards, door knobs and desktops are precautions that we take on a regular basis to protect your children.  Likewise, our school nurses are vigilant in monitoring illnesses and report any concerns that would prompt additional precautions.  Our leadership team met this morning with our school nurses to review our prevention procedures and to discuss any concerns that they may have.  In addition, we are constantly monitoring information provided from local and state agencies. I assure you that we are monitoring the health of our students very closely.

     

                In order to protect our students, we ask that you monitor your child for any flu like symptoms and follow the guidelines provided below.  Most importantly, we remind you to follow good hygiene procedures and do not send your child to school with a fever.

     

    Centers for Disease Control Guidelines include:

    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.  Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water.  Alcohol-based sanitizers are also effective.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
    • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
    • If you have a fever or any other flu-like symptoms, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others.

     

                Once again, we take our responsibility very seriously and we are taking appropriate measures to ensure the safety of our students.

     


    Sincerely,

    Mark D. Neighbors, Superintendent

     

     

  • Artwork

     

     

     Spirit Man by Tevin Drake

    Best of Show at the 2009 State Visual Arts Competition

     

    Long Way From Home by Emily Littleton

    Best Painting in the 2009 Congressional District Art Show

    Third Place in the 2009 Superintendent's Art Show

     

     

    Colorful Cactus by Jessica Terry 

    Second Place in the 2009 Superintendent's Art Show 


    Jackets by Cody Albritten

    Second Place in the 2009 Superintendent's Art Show

    Honorable Mention in the 2009 Superintendent's Visual Arts


    Realistic Soda Can by Anna Lazenby

    Third Place in the 2009 Superintendent's Art Show 

     


    Realistic Flower by Joseph Jeong

    First Place in the 2009 Superintendent's Art Show 


    Bottles and Cans by DeAndre Sampson

    First Place in the 2009 Superintendent's Art Show

     


    Still Life by Sammy Conarroe

    Second Place in the 2009 Superintendent's Art Show


     

    Hundertwasser Ship by Collin Kucik

    Honorable Mention and Judge's Choice
    in the 2009 Superintendent's Art Show

     

     

    Sunflower by Samantha Osburn

    First Place in the 2009 Superintendent's Art Show

     


    Self Portrait by Tevin Drake

    Second Place in the 2009 Superintendent's Art Show

    First Place in the 2009 State Superintendent's Visual Arts

    Best in Show and Best Drawing in the
    2009 Congressional District Art Competiton 

     

    Reflections by Callie Fleming

    First Place in the 2009 Superintendent's Art Show


  • ATTENTION PARENTS - NEW IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENT

    • Any student 11 years or older entering 6th grade for the 2011-2012 school year will be required to have a dose of Tdap vaccine.

    • Any student 11 years or older entering 7th grade that has not had a dose of the Tdap vaccine will also be required to do so before entering school.

     

  • Dr. Farrell Seymore named new OHS Principal

              The Opelika City Schools Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Mark Neighbors are pleased to announce that Dr. Farrell Seymore will be the new principal for Opelika High School.  Dr. Seymore currently serves as principal of Opelika Middle School.  “We are fortunate to have another outstanding person take the leadership role of principal at Opelika High School,” stated Dr. Neighbors.  “The search committee did a great job of finding the right person and educator to lead Opelika High School into the future.”  Seymore will begin his duties as OHS principal in July.

                Dr. Seymore has served as OMS principal since 2007.  Prior to 2007 he served as Assistant Principal (2002-2007) and a 7th grade science teacher (1997-2002) at Opelika Middle School.  Seymore earned his B.S. degree in Secondary Education and his Masters degree in Educational Administration from Auburn University.  On May 9, Seymore will officially receive his Doctorate degree from Auburn as well.  His professional organization involvement includes the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (board member), National Middle School Association, Alabama Association of Secondary School Principals, National Association of Secondary Principals, and he currently serves as President of the Alabama Association of Middle School Principals.  Dr. Seymore and his wife Sarah have two children, Anna (7) and Patrick (5).

  • Lazenby wins Lee County Spelling Bee

     

    For the third year in a row, Kevin Lazenby, an 8th grader at Opelika Middle School, won the Lee County Spelling Bee.  The bee was hosted by Smiths Station Jr. High.  Lazenby will advance to the state spelling bee which will be held in Birmingham on March 10.  Last year, Lazenby won the state spelling bee and advanced to the Scripps National Spelling Bee.  Congratulations Kevin and best of luck in the state bee!

  • Banner Unveiled to Honor OMS Soccer Team

     

    The 2011 Opelika Middle School soccer team was honored at a recent OMS basketball game for recording the best record in school history (11-3). A banner was unveiled at halftime of the OMS vs. South Girard game.

  • OHS Senior Kelsey Pelham

     

     

    OHS Senior Kelsey Pelham is joined by family members and coaches as she signs a softball scholarship to Snead State Community College.

  • OMS wins Battle of the Books

     

    The Newbery Newbies from Opelika Middle School recently won the Battle of the Books held at OMS. The quiz bowl style competition between OMS and Drake Middle School is an annual event and a traveling trophy is awarded to the winning team.

  • Northside School wins Telephone Book Recycling Drive

     

    Congratulations to Northside Intermediate School for recycling the most telephone books in the 2011 phone book recycling drive, Project Redirectory. The students at Northside recycled a total of 3581 books with Mrs. Cook's 5th grade class recycling the most books. In an assembly on January 27, principal Mike McKee was presented with a check for the school by AT&T representative Jody Washington. Ms. Washington also presented checks to 2nd place winner, Morris Avenue Intermediate School (2803 books) and 3rd place winner, Jeter Primary School (2101 books). The total number of books recycled by the Opelika City Schools was 12,481. Project Redirectory is sponsored annually by AT&T, The Opelika City Schools, Keep Opelika Beautiful and The City of Opelika Solid Waste Division.

  • Attendance Guidelines

    Parental Excuses

    A maximum of (10) days will be excused with parental notes per school year; after which, a doctor/court excuse is required in order for an absence to be excused. In the event the absentee limit has been reached, it is the responsibility of the student and his/her parent to provide documentation and request a conference with the principal regarding the excessive absenteeism. The principal may make exceptions in cases of extended illnesses, accidents, hospital confinement, principal directed absences, or other prearranged cases as justified in writing or by parent conference. In the event a request is made to have an absence prearranged, the principal will consider the student's academic performance and attendance record. Please note: Suspension, expulsion, and truancy will be considered an unexcused absence, and the student may receive a zero for work missed.

    OCS ATTENDANCE POLICY (from the OCS Code of Student Conduct) Regular attendance is essential for good schoolwork. When returning to school following an absence, a student must present a statement from parent/guardian explaining the absence to the appropriate school official. This should be done on the date the student returns and must be done by the third day to make up the work missed, (failure to bring a note by the third day will result in a zero for the work missed unless extenuating circumstances prevent this.) Suspension, expulsion, and truancy will be considered an unexcused absence, and the student will receive a zero for all work missed. Reference: Policy # J-2.

  • Courtney Lockhart - The Pursuit of Success

    While in the Opelika City School System, I was involved in many extracurricular activities that helped build my character, while simultaneously receiving academic preparation for attending and successfully completing college.

    At Opelika High School, I was the Sports Editor of the Main Street Gazette, which prepared me to take on the position of Editor In Chief of the Tuskegee University Campus Digest for two years.   

    The skills I gained throughout my years in the Opelika City School System helped solidify my decision to pursue a career in medicine, and I noted these positive experiences in my personal statement when applying to medical school.


    Now, as a student at Harvard Medical School, the skills that I acquired while a student in the Opelika City School System have been great assets in my pursuit of my medical degree.

  • Allison Wilmarth - Leaving with Knowledge & a Professional Resume

    I was born and raised in Opelika , but also nurtured, educated, and encouraged.  Wally Moon "Coach Moon" (Video Production, Drama and Theatre Teacher, helped me find my place in filmmaking and my creative voice.  Coach had a very unstructured learning environment.

    I moonlighted as an Assistant Theatre Manager/Operating Technician at the Performing Arts Center under Coach Moon, and was exposed to several industry (theatre) professionals.  Because of that first "real job," I not only walked away with knowledge, but also left high school with a professional resume.

    There were several teachers that would structure the learning environment to the student, a teaching method that suited me perfectly.  For example, Jim Rew (History Teacher) knew I was not gifted in the "test taking" department, but that I possessed different gifts of expression. He would allow me to "perform" a class presentation of the class material in lieu of an exam.  Not only did this make me feel special and valuable, but it helped me to develop those skill sets, as well as walking away with a knowledge of history.

    Other teachers that followed this teaching method included Leigh Johnson, Linda Caswell and Teresa Ogletree.

    I will always be grateful for what I learned through Opelika City Schools.

    Allison Wilmarth
    OSCAR Winner – Two Soldiers Winner – Two Soldiers