By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher
The Dade County
Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting Monday night and what
started out to be a quick meeting turned into a marathon.
business meeting took less than 20 minutes but the Board went into executive
session for personnel and the Superintendent’s annual evaluation. The executive
session lasted three and a half hours.
The first order
of business was to elect a new vice-chairman to replace Mutt Massengale who
resigned a couple of weeks ago.
elected Jeff Forester vice-chair on a unanimous vote.
On the consent
agenda the Board quickly approved the Title I Budget, the class size waiver and
awarded a fuel bid to Jat Oil at a cost of $3.523 for 7,200 gallons of diesel.
report Superin-tendent Shawn Tobin brought the Board up to date on legislative
topics pointing out that one of the pending bills would allow the sales tax on
fuels to be waived for schools.
Tobin also announced that since school will be out next week for Spring Break
teachers will be paid on Friday, March 22.
The school web
page now includes an Alumni Webpage that has information about Dade High
School, Northwest Georgia High School, Davis High School and students who
attended schools in Dade County.
Tobin also pointed out that several students from Dade High School did very
well in competition recently.
Brandon Middlebrooks and Elizabeth Reid participated in the Future Business
Leaders of America competition and earned first place. They will now compete in
California on the national level. Cody Henderson took third place in Help Desk,
and first place in Electronic Career Portfolio and also received a $500 scholarship.
Family and Consumer Science Students Paige Porter, Emily Tinker and Shelby
Wallin took silver in Advocacy. In Chapter Service Project Display Makayla
Bowman, Kristina Doyle and Brooklyn Poston took second and in Life Event
Planning Abbey Heath and Alexis West took gold.
The Board then
headed into their marathon executive session.
Tobin made the following personnel recommendations: resignations (effective at
the end of the school year) Sarah Williams, bookkeeper at Dade High; Garry
Friske, paraprofessional and bus driver; Sandra Bradford, custodian at Dade
Elementary; Lisa Haynes, teacher Dade Elementary and Carol Hopper, guidance
counselor at Dade Middle School.
The Board also
voted to hire Aaron Stanton as guidance counselor at Dade Middle for the
2013-14 school year.