By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher
The Dade County
Board of Education members earned their pay Monday when they arrived at the
Central Office at 3:00 pm. for 3 hours of Board training and then spent the
next three hours in a work session/special called meeting.
Superintendent Shawn Tobin recognized four Dade Elementary School students for
their work on the “Love Layla Project.” Those recognized were Emma Taylor,
Cailie Pendergrass, Jasey Oliver and Josie Pierce. They have been raising money
to assist Layla’s family with her medical expenses.
gave the Board a transportation report and explained some of the recent bus
route changes and why they were necessary.
reported that the school system had been approved for e-rate funding, a grant
to assist with network upgrades at Dade Middle, Dade Elementary and Davis
Elementary. He stated that these upgrades would solve a lot of the current
problems that are experiencing with the internet. The grant is 90% funding for
the project that was estimated at $120,000.
Each of the
school principals reported on activities at their respective schools and listed
three things on their wish list for their school. Those items were mostly
technology related but also included such things as tables and chairs.
enrollment for this year was reported with Dade High School having 651 students
compared to 672 last year. Dade Middle School was the only school to report an
increase over last year, reporting 489 this year and 472 last year. Davis
Elementary has 281 this year and had 284 last year while Dade Elementary came
in at 675 this year compared to 713 last year.
Dade County School system is reporting 2,096 this year while last year they
Tobin reported on SPLOST collections and projects, showing a SPLOST balance on
September 30 of $2,365,667.81 with some $743,081 still owed on existing
work is continuing on the baseball/PE facility and work has started on the
video broadcast/press box.
It was also
reported that the track soft topping should be on in the next few days and work
is finishing up at Dade Middle School gym.
Tobin also reported his “Coffee with Parents and Community Members” will be
held this Wednesday at Dade Elementary School Cafeteria from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
and a Mentorship Meeting at Guthrie’s restaurant will be held on November 7 at
It was also
announced that the November 11 board work session would be held at Dade
Elementary School at 5:00 p.m.
The Board approved
a paper bid from American Paper for 440 cases at a cost of $11,352.
The Board then
went into executive session and on returning approved the following personnel:
teacher, Zina Wilson, paraprofessional, Aaron Case, community lay coach,
Jennifer Gatlin, school food service (part time) and Sandy Bradley, testing coordinator and math coach effective
substitutes were also approved: Sonja Cloud and Kelly Diane Clark, food
service; and Victoria Artrip, Marie Blevins, Melinda Burczyk, Ashley Clark,
Paula Hooker, Jason Hurst, Gary Ihfe, Andrea Mazariegos, and Kaitlen Pickelen
as substitute teachers.
The meeting was