By Eddy Gifford
The Dade County Board of Education held its regular
monthly work session and special called meeting Monday evening.
The first order of business was to decide how a
replacement for Mutt Massengale, who resigned his board seat last month, would
The Board agreed to accept applications to fill the
vacant seat. All interested applicants need to go to the Board of Education, 52
Tradition Lane, to complete the application.
The Board will be taking applications March 12-–26.
Applications will be completed at the Board office and given to Ms. Cynthia
Daniels. Applicants must be 21 years of age and live in the district (North
Dade) for the past 12 months.
The Board will set up interviews after March 26 and
will appoint someone at the April BOE meeting.
This is the same procedure used when David Swader
resigned a couple of years ago and David Powell was appointed as his
Ken Dress with Associated Architectural Services
addressed the Board on upcoming projects and estimated cost.
Those projects include redoing
the tennis courts, track and football press box at the high school. Also work on
the video broadcast room at the high school.
Also included in the summer
projects will be paving at Dade Elementary and work on the gym. Dade Middle
School’s gym will also have repair work.
Estimated cost for the projects,
to be paid for with SPLOST money are: tennis courts, $180,082; press box and
track, $539,675; B=Video Broadcast, $142,831; Dade Elementary parking, $99,844;
Dade Elementary gym, $88,413; and Dade Middle gym, $223,232.
These are all estimated cost and
could be more or less Cress explained. One example was the track at the high
school. Current estimates are for completely redoing the track but other
options are still being considered that could cut the total cost.
The current estimates for summer
constructions include a price of $1,247,078.
Superintendent Shawn Tobin said
that roughly $200,000 in cost for a new high school network and video
surveillance cameras would bring the total cost to $1,447,078.
It is anticipated that incoming
SPLOST money between now and when the projects start should be enough to leave
over $1,000,000 in the SPLOST account for emergencies. That has been the goal
of the Board in the past.
Each school principal reported on
activates going at their schools and reported on attendance for the past 20
days of school. Dade High average daily attendance was 94.25 percent; Dade
Middle 92.6 percent; Dade Elementary 94.1 percent; and Davis 91.7 percent.
Superintendent Tobin also
reported that through the first 99 days of school substitutes for certified
personnel had cost the system $29,650 for 775.5 days. He also reported that
non-certified substitutes had cost $3,998.50 for 398 days. Many times
substitutes are not needed for non-certified personnel.
The total cost for substitutes
for sickness and personal leave so far this year is $33,648.50.
At next week’s regular meeting
the Board will consider fuel bids for 7,200 gallons of diesel and class size
waiver for 2013-14.
The class size waiver will be the
same as this past year, up to 10 additional students per class. Superintendent
Tobin reported that so far not more than five students had been added to any
class and they hoped that would be true for the coming year as well.
Superintendent Tobin reported
that Dade County Schools had been awarded a certificate for all highly qualified
requirements met for teachers and paraprofessionals (2011-2012) by the Georgia
Professional Standards Commission.
After executive session
Superintendent Tobin recommended and the Board approved the following
Resignations: Brad Weir as baseball
coach; Byron Ballard, graduation coach effective June 30 and Mary Anne Jones,
The following hires were also
approved; Jamey McMahan, head baseball coach; Angela Cantrell, substitute bus
driver. The return to employment for Tamara Smith, interrupter/paraprofessional
was approved as well as Jill Mavity, part-time program assistant at the