By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher
At the regular meeting of the Dade County Board of Education on Monday night the Board approved the school calendar for the 2014-2015 school year.
The number of instructional days has been increased from 168 to 171 and school will start Aug. 20, 2014, for students. Teachers will report on Aug. 15, 2014.
The last day of school for students will be on May 22, 2015.
There will be no school on Oct. 10-13 giving students a long fall break weekend.
School will be out the week of Thanksgiving and will also be out two weeks for Christmas break, Dec. 22 thru Jan. 2. Students will return to school Jan. 5. Spring Break will be March 30 through April 3.
The increase in instructional days is due in part to additional funding from the State of Georgia for the first time in several years.
Interim School Superintendent Cherie Swader continued a tradition started by former Superintendent Shawn Tobin in recognition of students and those from the community.
At Monday’s meeting Swader recognized Reagan Carter, Olivia Tierce, Preston Powell and Sam Kimball for their participation in the Optimist Club’s Oratorical contest.
Also recognized was Morgan Bradford for her participation in the Mentorship Program. Bradford is a 2011 graduate from Dade County High School.
Items approved on the consent agenda included hiring Mike Key Entertainment as DJ for the prom; approved the bid from JDH Contracting for re-roofing of the high school at a cost of $461,500; an agreement with Associated Architectural Services for preliminary work on renovation and expansion of existing tennis courts and paving of a parking area; the class size waiver; and weather make-up days.
All these items had been discussed at the board work session on March 10th.
Paula Stallings gave the general fund financial reports to the board and Swader reported that Doug Eza would be working with the board and school personnel on the upcoming budget.
After an executive session for personnel the Board approved the Superintendent’s personnel recommendations.
Jennifer Bixler was hired as a Special Education teacher at Dade High School and substitute teachers approved were Tim McDonald, Tiffany Williams, Stacy Huffman, Tabitha Icenogle and Jackie Baxter.