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STAR Student Ben Seuter and STAR Teacher Matt High were recognized during the Feb. 10th Board of Education meeting.

By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher


The Dade County Board of Education held its monthly work session/special called meeting Feb. 10 at Davis Elementary School.

Superintendent Shawn Tobin opened the meeting by recognizing Sheriff Ray Cross and 911 Director Alex Case for their services during the recent snowstorm. Little did they know at the time but another storm would hit the area the next day.

The principals of each school reported on activities at their schools. Dade Elementary principal Tracy Blevins reported a busy time including parent/teacher conferences that were a huge success with some 315 parents attending. Other activities included the “Mitten Tree,” Book Buddies and the Optimist Club’s Oratorical Contest, as well as, a visit from Gym Masters.

Dade High School principal Josh Ingle had special recognition for Kristina Doyle for her efforts in the ‘Heroes Among Us Dinner,’ that was held in November. He also recognized the 2014 Star Student, Ben Seuter and Matt High as Star Teacher.

Ingle said that student registration was a huge success this year with great participation from parents. He also encouraged everyone to visit the schools web site to keep up with all the activities going on. The site is updated almost daily to keep it current.

Davis Elementary principal James Fahrney recognized his students of the month for each grade and teacher and staff member of the month.

Important dates at Davis include Pennies for Patients Drive on Feb. 3; Book Fair, Feb. 10; PTO meeting and writing night, Feb. 20.

Fahrney also gave a technology update for the Board. Camera installation at Dade Elementary School was scheduled to begin Feb. 17. Additional training on the network and cameras had been done. Also the Daytona Storage project (data storage) is tentatively scheduled for Spring Break.

Karen deMarche, principal at Dade Middle School also recognized students of the month as well as employee of the month.

The FBLA participants did well at the State Leadership Conference at Ringgold High School.

Upcoming events at DMS include the oratorical contest, kid’s night out, and FBLA members traveling to Perry for the State Leadership Conference.

School Nutrition Director Wilma Hulgan presented bids for a pass through cooler for Dade High School and a scrubbing machine for Dade Elementary School.

Associate Superintendent Cherie Swader gave the Board the proposed School Calendar for the 2014-2015 school year. The calendar will be voted on by the Board at a later meeting. The tentative calendar has students reporting back to class Aug. 22.

Superintendent Shawn Tobin gave his monthly financial reports stating that SPLOST revenue was up for January to $177,982.85. That was an $8,351.72 increase over last month but was down $39,428.25 from the January 2012 figure.

He also reported that they had received the $314,454 from the bankruptcy lawsuit and that property tax collection for December was very good.

Work is continuing on several SPLOST projects and that work seems to be on schedule in spite of the bad weather.

Superintendent Tobin also reported that Governor Nathan Deal was not cutting Austerity at the same level as in the past. Our estimates include about 28 per cent less cuts to austerity. Also the state is looking at possibly funding 100 percent the following trades: long haul drivers, welding and diesel mechanics.

Superintendent Tobin proposed paying teachers before spring break. This would cost roughly an additional $60 but is a great moral booster, he said.

The Board saw bids on diesel and gasoline. Bids were approved at the regular BOE meeting Feb. 17.

The first weather make-up day was this past Monday and an update on additional make-up days were given at Monday’s meeting. The weather make-up dates will be included in next week’s Sentinel.

The Board approved the following personnel recommendations after executive session: the retirement of Superintendent Shawn Tobin effective May 1, 2014; the resignation of Randy Cloud, custodian; the hiring of Heidi Atchley Wilson, art teacher at Dade County High School and Dade Middle School and Shannon Leverett, substitute custodian.

The following coaching hires were also approved: Jeff Poston, football and wrestling assistant and Stephen Graham, middle school baseball coach.

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