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
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.
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.
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.
reported that they had an emergency expenditure for a kitchen boiler and the
estimated cost would be $9,500 plus installation.
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.
David Powell voiced his support stating that the schools that had been checked
had sliding windows.
cost is expected to be $7-9,000 per window.
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
The Board then
announced a Special Called Meeting for Feb. 20 at 5 p.m. for personnel.