By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher
The Dade County
Board of Education held their monthly work session/special called board meeting
on Monday at Dade Middle School.
School principal Karen deMarche’ gave special recognition to Alex Barker and
Anna Barnhart, both 7th grade students, for their efforts in the Ronald McDonald House project creators.
at the meeting by Superintendent Shawn Tobin was George Nelson of the Southeast
Lineman Training Center for his efforts in clothing for needy families in Dade
Jill Schauer of
Accellent was recognized for her efforts in the Christmas for needy families
that Accellent does each year.
Terri Bain of
Trenton United Methodist Church was recognized for her backpack food that
provides meals for needy children on weekends and holidays.
High School principal Josh Ingle recognized Alexis West and Kristina Doyle for
their Local Hero Dinner that recognized local emergency personnel.
Lawson, Chairperson of the College and Career Academy Steering Committee gave
the Board a report on the committee’s efforts so far.
on the steering committee has been better than they had hoped she reported with
26 local businessmen participating.
the committee covered a wide range of subjects including some of the skills
missing from local applicants and what was needed in terms of classes to better
qualify local residents to qualify for job openings.
In addition to
the seven elected to serve as officers of the committee numerous people
volunteered to serve in other was, including surveying local businesses as to
their needs in a work force.
Committee has also been in discussion with Georgia Northwestern Technical
College about partnering with Dade County Schools in the Career Academy. This
partnership is essential for the program to work.
the Committee had heard from guest speakers from Calhoun City Schools about the
benefits and challenges of becoming a College and Career Academy and those
meeting had been very informative.
reported their next step was to hold community meetings to inform the public
and get their input as well. Currently 7 community meetings are planned in the
They are also
planning to visit existing College and Career Academies that are already up and
While this work
is being done the Board of Education needs to approve the College and Career
Academy and work with the Committee in moving in the right direction.
available for funding of equipment and additional space if it is needed. Up to
$3,000,000 could be available in those grants.
Committee recommended the Board approve moving forward and Dade County becoming
a College and Career Academy.
Each of the
school principals then gave their monthly report of activity at their schools.
reported that Dade Middle School had a great first half of the year and it was
getting back to normal after the Christmas break and missing a couple of days
due to the weather. Eighth grade writing assessment test are coming up on
had a request for a fund raiser that has come up since the Board approved fund
raisers at the start of school.
Dade Elementary School also had a fund raiser request and also reported a good
first half of the year.
reported that Davis Elementary had a fund raising request and announced his
student and teachers of the month.
Dade County High School, had 18 fund raising request and reported they will be
registering students between January 15-24 and that meetings can be set up with
councilors to assist parents and students with registering.
reported that attendance at the high school through December 20 was 94.63
also reported on technology updates that have taken place recently in the
switches have been changed out and the bandwidth from TVN has been increased
from 100mb to 300mb. That has improved the speed of the network tremendously.
commended Lionel Austin with Trenton Telephone for his assistance in getting
the bandwidth changed and helping them work through the changeover.
recommended that the Board award the contract for the surveillance equipment at
Dade Elementary School to VTS at a bid of $115,552.90. The other bid, from
Intec was for $118,846.95.
He stated that
VTS has vast experience in education and they attended both pre-bid meetings
and spent 2.5 hours going over every camera location. In all 70 cameras will be
used at the Elementary School.
Special Education Director reported that they have received their special
education compliance report and everything was in order.
reported that they had been working with Anderson Audiology but they had sold
the business and that records were being transferred to Dr. Joseph Holmes with
Shawn Tobin gave his report. He requested a change order be approved to add a
head wall and storm pipe at the double gates at the baseball field at a cost of
Tobin also gave
a SPLOST comparison for the past three December amounts.
2011 SPLOST money received was $211,655.79; 2012 was $190,818.43; and 2013 was
down to $169,631.13.
current projects are paid for the SPLOST account will have approximately
$2,231,809.48 and with additional money coming in over the next five months the
amount should be around $2,957,809.49.
that are currently being discussed that include roofing the high school, new
tennis courts, video and networking, computer replacement, language arts
textbooks and other projects the ending balance could still be near $1,000,000.
Tobin reported that capital outlay money for roofing the high school had been
approved by the state so a large amount of the outlay would be coming back to
the school system for this project.
been received for HVAC repair with Reeves Heating and Air being the low bidder
at $65.00 per hours compared to JMS at $86.00 per hour and Electronic Controls
at $80.00 per hour.
Tobin reported that work has started on the School Calendar for 2014-2015.
make-up day will be Monday, February 17.
It was also
reported that next week’s regular meeting will start at 6:00 p.m. and will be
held at the central office.
At that meeting
the Board will elect a chairman and vice chair.
The Board then
voted to approve the Public School Charter System with all members voting
The Board then
went into executive session.
returned they approved the Superintendents personnel recommendations on the
Autumn Sigler, varsity softball coach; Rachel Lawing, art teacher (DMS and
DCHS); and Bertha Moore, DES cafeterias staff.
included: Sonya Cloud, cafeteria staff; William Randy Cloud, custodian DCHS/DE;
Jeff Poston, teacher; Paige Kimball, academic coach at Davis; and Samantha
positions also approved were Bradley Warren as boys golf coach and Randy Watson
as girls golf coach. Board Member Johnny Warren abstained and all other members
voted to approve.
The meeting was