The town of Pike Road has its first ever school board. The Pike Road Town Council met this morning and appointed five people to the panel. They are Casey Davis, Ray Hawthorne, Tommy Ratliff, Morgan Simpson and Linda Ware. Five others were appointed to serve on the Pike Road Education Leadership Committee. Pike Road Mayor Gordon Stone says the appointments followed an extensive selection process. Stone said construction on a K-8 school will begin around the end of the year. The school is scheduled to open in the fall of 2015.
State Board Nominees
An aide to Governor Robert Bentley says the administration will continue to explore its options after lawmakers adjourned last week without acting on 70 nominees to various state boards. Jennifer Ardis, a spokeswoman, said the administration is worried that some boards may not have enough qualified members to do business. Many of the boards, however, allow sitting members to continue serving until their replacement are confirmed.
The Alabama Department of Public Health is working with other health agencies to investigate an injectable anti-inflammatory steroid drug prepared by a compounding manufacturer in Tennessee. Main Street Family Pharmacy of Newbern, Tennessee, shipped the tainted medicine to clinics in 13 states, including to one clinic in Alabama.