By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher
The Dade County
Board of Education held their regular monthly meeting Monday night all Board
Members in attendance.
started at 6:00 p.m. so the Board could hear presentations from state officials
on Charter Systems and College and Career Academies.
Mr. Louis Erste
discussed the pros and cons of charter systems, not charter schools that were
voted on last year, but systems changed to a charter format.
Mr. Mark Peevy
discussed the pros and cons of the College and Career Academy as it relates to
individual communities and the opportunities it affords local students. These
Academies work hand and hand with local businesses and communities to provide
the workforce needed as well as offering students opportunities for college
credit while still in high school.
opened the regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. and quickly approved the consent agenda
that included the fundraisers discussed by each principal at last week’s work
Also on the
consent agenda was the Capital Outlay Program for FY2015 that includes a new
roof for Dade County High School. The estimated cost is $1,200,000 with
reimbursement from the state of some $906,819. The remaining money would come
from SPLOST money.
The Board also
approved a certificate of completion for 2011 and 2012 projects and approved a
Clinical Health Agreement between Dade County Schools and Dade Rehabilitation
Center – Health Occupation.
Shawn Tobin reported that school enrollment taken on September 12 was down
approximately 44 students from last year. The enrollment for each school on
that date was: Dade Elementary 776; Davis Elementary, 304; Dade Middle School,
471; and Dade High School 626.
School is currently the only school showing a gain in enrollment over last
Tobin also reported that they would look at non-residency policy update at next
month’s meeting and encouraged Board Members to give input on the issue before
next month’s meeting.
reported that the rubber surface on the track should be on in about two weeks
and that the work on sidewalks and steps around the baseball and softball
hitting facility had started today.
preliminary work had also started on the video broadcast/press box.
After a brief
executive session Superintendent Tobin recommended accepting the resignations
of Kim Smith, teacher at Dade Elementary effective Sept. 30; Jennifer Wood,
golf coach; Erica Burris, Dade Middle softball coach and Brandon Ballard, Dade
Middle assistant softball coach.
hires were Jennifer Taylor as Dade Middle softball coach and Stephen Graham,
Dade Middle lay coach for softball.
approved all the recommendations.
required Board Training will take place on October 14 from 3-6 p.m. with Tony
Arasi and the topic will be Finance Training.
The meeting was