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By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher


The Dade County Board of Education held their regularly scheduled Board Meeting on Monday night at the Central Office before a full house.

Several people were in attendance and four people spoke during the public input part of the meeting.

As is Board policy the Board didn’t respond to any of the comments made by those who spoke but listened and will take those comments into consideration.

Angelia Cunningham addressed the Board on problems she was having regarding getting teachers to respond to e-mails and expressed concern about not having a cafeteria monitor to address situations that arise.

Diane Holmes voiced her concerns about no policy on food allergies and how the school system was informing the public on the new Common Core policies that are being implemented.

Deanna Canazaro referred to a letter from high school students concerning not being able to retake math test.

The next Board of Education meeting will be held on Monday December 9 at Dade County High School in the Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.  The Dade County Teacher of the Year will be recognized and the Davis Chorus will be performing.

The Board approved the consent agenda that included a Scientific Learning Agreement; Bid for Field Maintenance – DCHS facilities; Reeves Heating and Air bid; MOU Extension Office; PlayOn Sports; 2014 meeting times changed to 6:00 p.m.; and the Lookout Mountain Community Services Bus Transportation Contract for FY14.

After Superintendent Tobin reported on the monthly financial reports, which the Board approved, a brief discussion on flood insurance in getting elevations for all schools before deciding on insurance.

The Non-Residency Policy was discussed and the Board asks that it be reposted for the next meeting to include grandfathering in any current teacher’s children can attend Dade County Schools without paying tuition.

The big issue of the night was the discussion and vote on the track at Dade County High School. It was learned when the company came to stripe the track that it was too long and created problems.

Three Board members met with the contractor last week to discuss possible fixes. The Board voted to completely redo the track if necessary.

The initial cost was $324,000 and all but $87,000 has been paid to the contractor. The track is also several months behind schedule and everyone was in agreement that it must be right.

The Board also approved a fuel bid from JAT Oil for diesel at $3.068 per gallon.

After a brief executive session Superintendent Tobin recommended approving a contract for services for school psychologist Alan Dryden. The Board approved the recommendation and adjourned.




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