Graham attends his last meeting as AIDB president
by Aziza Jackson
TALLADEGA —Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday was the last for President Terry Graham and two board members.

Graham as well as board members Jake Montgomery and John Granger were presented with framed resolutions highlighting their work and years of dedication to AIDB.

Graham announced that he would retire as president of AIDB on Feb. 1, 2013.

Board member John Granger was first appointed to the board in 2000; his term ends Nov. 30.

Board member Jake Montgomery was first appointed in 2002; his term also ends Nov. 30.

Gov. Robert Bentley has appointed James H. Boyce of Talladega to represent the state at-large, replacing Granger, and appointed Pat Greene of Talladega to represent the Third Congressional District, replacing Montgomery.

All three men were also presented with AIDB rocking chairs with their names engraved on the back as a token of appreciation from the board.

“This is my last board meeting and my last president’s report and I want to say thank you to AIDB,” Graham said while fighting back tears.

Graham thanked his president’s staff for their support over the years, and thanked the board for their devotion to AIDB.

“In order to be successful everyone needs to be pulling the wagon in the same direction,” Graham said.

Granger also thanked the board and AIDB while trying not to get too emotional.

“I don’t get emotional very often but one of the things I wanted to say is that I’m very grateful to AIDB,” Granger said. “It’s been a great road and I’ve enjoyed it. Thank you and God bless you.”

Montgomery also shared his sentiments with the board.

“I want to thank you for all the support you have given me as chairman,” Montgomery said.

Montgomery said that he hopes the board will continue to make the right decisions for AIDB and said that he would still be available to help when needed.

Graham also announced the hiring of Jonathan Sherbert as the director of purchasing and warehouse for the Institute, and Jack Harrison as the director of blind services at E.H. Gentry.

In other business, the board:

• Approved a motion made by Montgomery that a portrait of Graham be commissioned and hung in Manning Hall.

• Approved a total of $200,000 in matching funds for three Federal Emergency Management Agency shelters. One shelter will be built on each campus of ASB, HKS, and E.H. Gentry and will cost $507,821 each. FEMA will provide $380,866 for each shelter.

• Approved a request to replace the windows of Rogers Hall on the campus of HKS. The cost of replacing the windows will be $34,996.48 and an additional $10,000 for replacing wood damage. The estimated cost of the project is $51,000. The board approved $75,000 in funds for the project in the event of unforeseen costs.

• Approved resolutions for five student equestrians who competed in the Alabama State Special Olympics games held at Troy University in May. They are: Helen Keller School of Alabama student athletes Neil Smith and Jacob Seago, Alabama School for the Blind student athletes Ryan Hughes and Andrew Brown, and Alabama School for the Deaf student athlete Meesha Whisenant.

• Approved all 2012 fiscal year fourth quarter financial statements.

• Approved AIDB Foundation 2012 fiscal year fourth quarter financial statements.

Chairman Lynwood French announced there will be a called board meeting at 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3 to interview and select from three candidates in the next step for choosing AIDB’s next president.

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