By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher
The Dade County
Board of Education held its monthly work session/special called meeting Feb. 10
at Davis Elementary School.
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.
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.
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
Elementary principal James Fahrney recognized his students of the month for
each grade and teacher and staff member of the month.
at Davis include Pennies for Patients Drive on Feb. 3; Book Fair, Feb. 10; PTO
meeting and writing night, Feb. 20.
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.
principal at Dade Middle School also recognized students of the month as well
as employee of the month.
participants did well at the State Leadership Conference at Ringgold High
at DMS include the oratorical contest, kid’s night out, and FBLA members
traveling to Perry for the State Leadership Conference.
Nutrition Director Wilma Hulgan presented bids for a pass through cooler for
Dade High School and a scrubbing machine for Dade Elementary School.
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.
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.
reported that they had received the $314,454 from the bankruptcy lawsuit and
that property tax collection for December was very good.
continuing on several SPLOST projects and that work seems to be on schedule in
spite of the bad weather.
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.
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.
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.
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
coaching hires were also approved: Jeff Poston, football and wrestling
assistant and Stephen Graham, middle school baseball coach.