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By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher


The Dade County Board of Education held its regularly scheduled meeting Feb. 17 and the agenda was one of the shortest in a long time and left those in attendance expecting a short meeting.

The Board quickly approved the consent agenda that included the approval of fundraisers for the chorus at Dade High School. Accepting bids on a pass through cooler from Douglas Equipment for $8,224.12 and a scrubbing machine a Tenant T3, for $6,200.17. Both items are to be paid for from school nutrition funds.

Approval of fuel bids was also part of the consent agenda and those bids went to Parman Energy for 7,000 gallons of diesel fuel for $3.1650 per gallon and Jat Oil for 4,000 gallons of gasoline at $2.8881 per gallon.

The final item on the consent agenda was bleacher repair on the football field where the press box was moved. That contract went to Construction Consultants for $2,831.

In Superintendent Shawn Tobin’s report he reported that they should know something soon on just how many snow days would have to be made up. The Georgia Board of Education would decide at their next meeting, and that meeting was expected to take place soon. Local school officials are expecting the state board to give as much as a seven day waiver on the snow days. The second weather make-up day has been set for May 2 and any other days will be decided on at a later date.

Tobin also reported that they had an emergency expenditure for a kitchen boiler and the estimated cost would be $9,500 plus installation.

Brad Langley, president of the Dade County Band Boosters addressed the board on the need of sliding or opening windows on the new press box.

The sliding or open windows would allow the band to hold band competitions on the football field and those competitions could be a major fundraiser for the band. At the present time Dade is planning a competition on Oct. 11 but unless opening windows are added to the press box they will have to cancel that competition. The judges need open windows to hear the bands perform on the field.

Board member David Powell voiced his support stating that the schools that had been checked had sliding windows.

The additional cost is expected to be $7-9,000 per window.

The Board didn’t take any action on the request but instructed Superintendent Tobin to get an estimate on additional cost for the change.

The Board then went into executive session for personnel. After the 45 minute executive session the Board approved the recommendations of Superintendent Tobin to accept the resignation of Jeremiah O’Neill as a teacher effective Feb. 28, 2014; hire Andrea Mazariegos, paraprofessional; and grant a leave of absence to Cheryl Daffron.

The Board then announced a Special Called Meeting for Feb. 20 at 5 p.m. for personnel.


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