By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher
The Dade County
Board of Education held a Special Called Meeting/workshop on Monday night that
included touring some of the school facilities for possible summer projects.
toured by the board included the track, football press box, tennis courts;
possible video broadcast lab and bathrooms at Dade High School; the parking
lot, gym and main entrance doors at Dade Elementary School; and the gym at Dade
The Board will
now consider each project with input from the architect before deciding which
projects will move forward. SPLOST money will be used on all these projects.
When the board
reconvened at the central office they heard reports from each school principal
as well as from Dr. James Cantrell, assistant principal/CTAE director and Wilma
Hulgan, school nutrition director.
attendance was reported up at each school after illnesses had hurt attendance
just before the Christmas break.
each school for December and January were: Dade Elementary 88.57 percent/93.57
percent; Davis Elementary 88.28 percent/92 percent; Dade Middle 87
percent/92.60 percent and Dade High School 88.25 percent/94 percent.
It was also
reported that K-12 enrollment for the Dade County School System currently
stands at 2,144 for a net gain of six students.
Shawn Tobin also reported that so far this school year the system has spent
$23,973.50 for substitute teachers for certified personnel. The system has 175
certified personnel and through January they had taken a total of 628 sick or
personnel total 66 and so far this year have taken 312.2 sick or personnel days
at a cost of $3,346 to the system.
That brings the
total cost for substitutes for sickness and personal leave at $27,319.50.
Director of Aftercare Program at Dade Elementary School brought the board up to
date on the aftercare program. He reported the program is self-funded from
aftercare tuition and serves Dade Elementary School’s Pre-K through fifth
grade. Numbers have been off in recent years, since the state stopped funding
the program but it has leveled off and still provides a much-needed service to
the community. Currently 16 students are enrolled in the program.
plugged his Bikes for Buddies program that provides bicycles for Dade
Elementary School students who need them. He encouraged anyone that would like
to donate a bike, old or new to contact him at the school.
Tobin reported to the board that electrical cost for August and September for
this year with school starting later saved the system $21,314. The total cost
in 2011 for the two months was $105,558 as compared to $84,244 this year.
reported that the state audit was complete and no major infractions were found.
He also reported that the state audit cost the system $3,611.85.
surveillance equipment was also discussed by Tobin who explained that the cost
of $300,000-$400,000 as reported in the Chattanooga Times Free Press recently
was for all schools.
reported that updating was being looked at prior to Sandy Hook and the system
would be very similar to the one currently in operation at the Dade County
No action was
taken on the item as it will be discussed further at future meetings.
Tobin also reported that the AdvancED Accrediting teams had just finished with
glowing reports but now the Georgia Department of Education Required Monitoring
in May will include, Title I, Part A Program/Coordinator; Title II, Part A
Coordinator; Title III, Part A Coordinator; Title VI, Part B Coordinator;
School Improvement Coordinator; Race To the Top Coordinator; Parent
Involvement/Engagement Coordinator; Homeless/Neglected and Delinquent
Coordinator; Finance Office Representative; and Migrant Education Coordinator.
The Board took
action two items. The first was a paper bid for 440 case of copy paper at $26
per case and that bid were awarded to American Paper.
Tobin reported the system currently is paying in excess of $6,000 per month for
garbage collection, the last three months total was $19,211.11, and after
checking with other providers in the area he recommended going with Waste
Connections from Cleveland Tenn., for $2,381 per month for the same service the
system is currently receiving.
approved both bids.
The Board then
entered executive session for some 30 minutes. Upon returning they adjourned
the meeting without taking any further action.