By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher
The Dade County
Board of Education help their regular work session/special called meeting on
Monday night to discuss items coming up on next week’s agenda as well as take
care of other business on the action agenda.
opened with Superintendent Shawn Tobin recognizing Christie Lynn for her work
with the “Good News Club.” This is an after school club that teaches good
morals and values to elementary school children.
The program had
approximately 65 students participating at Davis Elementary and 35 at Dade Elementary
last year and they are expecting similar numbers this year. The difference in
the schools is the time available before these students have to be on the bus.
Tobin brought the Board up to date on the current financial status of the school
system. He explained that the SPLOST money was down some in June but back up to
near normal in July and the system currently has some 2.1 million dollars
available for special projects.
“We are very
grateful to have the SPLOST coming in to cover some of the much needed
improvements that otherwise we could not do,” Tobin said.
The Board will
be looking to purchase portable computer lab equipment for Dade Middle School
at the next meeting that will assist the math program. The equipment will be
paid for with SPLOST money.
Cantrell discussed the need for a college and career academy in Dade County and
had Peter Cervelli of the Industrial Authority, Greg Smith of Roof Curb Systems
and Nicole Walden of Astec on hand to speak on behalf of the program.
would increase college enrollment, help with a better work ready population and
offer communities educational opportunities locally. Also it would encourage
business and industry involvement in these educational opportunities.
Cervelli spoke on
the importance of having a qualified work force that is sensitive to the needs
of the community.
how hard it is to get skilled workers and sees the academy as an important step
in the right direction. He stated that most of our youth today that get a
degree don’t come back here to work and we need to change that.
for this meeting included the approval of the Board Training Schedule. The
Board is required to have nine hours of training each school year. Three of
those hours were completed before the meeting Monday and the remaining hours
will be on September 9 and October 14.
for the Video Broadcast/Press box was awarded to Construction Consultants for a
bid of $333,000 with a completion date of January 1, 2014.
The Board then
went into executive session for personnel.
approved Superintendent Tobin’s recommendations on the following personnel:
Rachel Meeks, secretary; Matthew Minor, teacher; and Melody Weldon, teacher.
approved the following new hires:
paraprofessional; Lisa Winfree, paraprofessional; Sheila Blaylock, cafeteria
staff; Shonda Butler, cafeteria staff; Christina Madewell, teacher; and Bill
Seymour, Interim maintenance director.