By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher
The Dade County
Board of Education held their monthly Special Called Board Meeting.
Prior to the
meeting the Board had training, annually required of all Board members. This three hour training was conducted by
Cory Kirby of the law firm Harben, Hartley, and Hawkins.
The first order
of business was recognition of visitors and Superintendent Shawn Tobin
recognized Barbara Stone as a Community Servant to our Children for her work in
the school backpack program. Each of the backpacks was filled with grade appropriate
was Ryan Faircloth and Daniel Case as Community Servant to our Children for
their work in the tennis shoe project where new tennis shoes were provided to
recognition went to Jessica Wilson, Drama Teacher for Dade County Schools. She
was recognized for her dedication and hard work to the program. Currently there
are approximately 150 students involved at the high school and middle school.
was made by Itec on the surveillance system at the high school. Currently 68
cameras are being used to monitor all areas of the school with high definition
cameras. This system can also be accessed by the 911 center in case of
Each of the
school principals reported on the start of school and presented the Board with
a list of fund raisers for each school to be voted on at next week regular
Cantrell gave updates on the College and Career Academy and reported the first
meeting with local businesses had an attendance of some 26 local business
the start of the school year was given with the numbers being from September
5th school day.
reported 766 students, Davis Elementary 305, Dade Middle School 481 and Dade
County High School 633. These numbers reflect a decrease from last October FTE
count of minus 90 students.
decrease came from Dade Elementary at -43 while Davis was -17 and Dade High
School was -39. The only school with an increase so far is Dade Middle School
numbers will change some over the next few weeks the decline in enrollment
seems to be following the trend for the past few years.
for the meeting included a bid on PE Facilities, sidewalks and steps around the
hitting facility as well as batting cages and benches for dugouts. The local
firm of Blevins Construction was the low bidder at $62,282 with a completion
schedule of 42 days. The Board approved Blevins Construction for the contract.
A contract was
also awarded to Carol A. Marriott for vision services on an as needed basis.
The Board then
went into executive session for personnel.
return they approved the Superintendents recommendations of resignations of
Tammy Smith, paraprofessional, Sue Ryan, cafeteria staff; Amanda Clark, teacher
Dade High; and Mildred McElhaney, paraprofessional.
The Board also
approved the new hire recommendations for Alicia Williams, Secretary Dade
Middle; Connie Walker, paraprofessional; Rachel Blevins, teacher; and Lisa
further business the meeting was adjourned.