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Dade County School Superintendent Shawn Tobin recognized Dade's Teachers of the Year during last week's board meeting. Teachers representing the schools were, from left, Amber Barton, Dade Elementary School, Angel Weathers, Davis Elementary, Tommy Wells, Dade County High School and Chris Chance, Dade Middle School. Chance was also named the school system's Teacher of the Year.

By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher


The Dade County Board of Education held its regular December meeting on Monday, Dec. 9th at the Dade County High School Auditorium with all Board members present for the meeting.

The Board was entertained by the Davis School Chorus and then by the Dade County High School Chorus to start off the meeting.

Dade County School Superintendent Shawn Tobin recognized several individuals in attendance at the meeting. First was Alex Holdaway who was named to the All–State Chorus. Holdaway is an eighth grader at Dade Middle School.

Superintendent Tobin then recognized high school All–State Chorus members Brandon Middlebrooks and Thristain Daniels. Also recognized for her tireless efforts was chorus director Gabrielle Hastings.

Next up were Teachers of the Year for Dade County Schools. Amber Barton was named Teacher of the Year for Dade Elementary School; Angel Weathers, Davis Elementary; Tommy Wells, Dade High School; and Chris Chance, Dade Middle School. Chance was also named as the school system’s Teacher of the Year.

The superintendent also recognized Doris Cooper on her retirement from the school system.

Superintendent Tobin then reviewed the system financials and reported that SPLOST money was down last month to $183,698.48. For the same month in 2012 a total of $203,282.00 was brought in and in 2011 the total was $217,547.00.

Superintendent Tobin reported that a decision would need to be made soon on becoming a Charter School System. More discussion is expected later before a decision is made.

Work is underway on the new press box at the high school’s football field and the work seems to be moving along, as well as, discussion on how to fix the problems with the new track at the high school that was installed over the summer and early fall. Meetings were held last week with the contractor about options resolving the track’s problems.

In action items the Board amended Policy JBCB Non–Residency to add that staff members who move out of Georgia will be required to pay tuition. The Board voted to put the policy on table for 30 days.

The Board then went into executive session and after an hour and a half returned and approved the Superintendents recommendations to accept the retirement of Jane O’Dell, the resignation of Chad Hartline and to hire Stephen Graham, teacher at Dade Elementary, and Margie Bruner, School Psychologist, Contract Servicers for Special Education.






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