Local manufacturers were recognized by the Dade County School Board
last week in honor of Manufacturer's Appreciation Week. Local manufacturers honored included, from left, are Alex Lamm, Gill Industries; Jill Schauer, Accellent; Holly Moore, IWG; Greg Smyth,
Roof Curb Systems; Peter Cervelli, Industrial Development Authority
and Dade County School's Interim Superintendent Cherie Swader.
By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher
The Dade County
Board of Education met for its monthly work session and special called meeting
Monday, April 14 at the Central Office. All board members were in attendance.
financial consultant to the Dade County School System, gave the Board an
overview of the fiscal year 2015 Budget.
lots of optimistic news from Atlanta concerning funds for the coming year and
also reported that revenue for this year had been better than expected. That
was in part due to the tax settlement the county received on the Preserve
property in Rising Fawn as well as other sources that increased this year.
In his report
Eza also stated that furlough days would be decreased in the proposed budget
with 12 month contract people only having five unpaid days while all others
would have only three unpaid days.
The FY 2015
budget is up from FY 2014 and will have a deficit of $307,000 that will be made
up from the reserve fund the system now has. With the deficit taken out the
system will continue with an approximately $2 million reserve fund. That is in
line with the suggested reserve the state suggests each system have.
budget for FY 2015 is proposed to be $17,064,873.
The first order
of business in the special called meeting was recognition of local
manufacturers for Manufacturer’s Appreciation Week. Interim Superintendent
Cherie Swader recognized people from Accellent, IWG, Gill Industries, Roof Curb
Systems and Peter Cervelli with the Industrial Development Authority.
the monthly financial reports the Board discussed items that will be on the
consent agenda for the regular scheduled meeting on April 21. Those items
included fuel bids, personnel records policies, concerning the storage and safe
keeping of those records.
tobacco policy was discussed and suggested that other area policies be looked
at since the current policy needs to be modified to meet state requirements.
One of the issues being considered is a tobacco free campus.
contracts were discussed and bids will be consider at the April 21 meeting.
Beeler Impressions currently provides copier service.
Bids have been
received and opened for 400 Chrome Books. The contract will be rewarded at the
next meeting as well. The bid for the books was $110,200.
was discussed with three bids being received. State Farm has provided the
coverage in the past but will no longer offer fleet service.
The Board will
also award the garbage contract at the meeting.
Superintendent Swader brought the Board up to date on the traffic light to be
installed at the high school stating that the amount the school will be
responsible for has not been determined as it is hoped the city, county and
school system will share the cost of installation. The school system will be
responsible for the electric bill that will be approximately $20 per month.
on current projects were discussed including bleacher repairs and electrical
breakers for the new press box.
Nutrition Director Wilma Hulgan reported a need to increase school lunch prices
to stay in line with USDA requirements. She suggests an increase of 10 cents
Carolyn Bradford said she had a problem raising prices on school meals when in
her opinion they are “not worth eating.”
Superintendents report Swader reported that the master calendar is not on the
web site and transition days would be announced at the next meeting.
announced that State Facilities Director Tony Cook would meet with the Board at
5 p.m. on April 21 prior to the regular scheduled meeting.
executive session for personnel the Board returned to approve the
Superintendent recommendation for the following personnel:
Karen deMarche as principal at Dade Middle School and Bill Emmett as math
approved the hiring of Caroline Hurst as a paraprofessional, substitute
teachers Nickie McReynolds and Mandy Jacobs and Brandy Bixler was approved to
replace Bridgett Roberts in the cafeteria at Dade Elementary School.