The Dade County
Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting Monday, April 21st, with
all board members present. The meeting began with a work session led by Tony
Cook, a consultant for the State Capital Outlay Budget for the north Georgia
area, speaking to the board members.
outlay budget receives $300 million from the state each year. Over the past few
years as the state made cuts to the regular operating budget, the capital outlay
budget didn’t change. Money from the capital outlay budget can be used to make
improvements on current facilities such as a new roof, interior renovations,
new heating and air conditioning units, and money for new construction
in order to make sure Dade County is receiving its fair share of the money from
the budget someone needs to manage the facilities plan. In the past, Chuck
Carver was the facilities manager for the system but since his departure no one
has been appointed to the position.
plan is a list all upcoming projects for the school system over the next four
years. As of Jan. 1st the state has an online software program used for this
purpose. This will make keeping the plan updated much easier for the facilities
regularly scheduled meeting, the board quickly moved through the consent
agenda. Included in the items approved were a fuel bid from Jet Oil at $3.29
per gallon; a bid from Virtue Com for $110,200; and a bid from Allied Waste at $2,267.20
Also among the
action items approved was to not add a rider for flood insurance, which would
include the football field, press box and track that have been designated to be
in the flood plane.
The board also
approved to continue their GEC membership, which is the co-op the school
belongs to with 45 other school systemS. Wilma Hulgan, the school nutrition
director, explained that the membership with GEC helped the system purchase
food at a discounted rate with vendors because it ability to purchase at a
discount in bulk.
The main topic
of discussion for the evening was the repair on the track at Dade County High
School. Two options were presented to the board to correct the problem. Option
one included reworking the east end portion of the track which would require
moving the radius in eight feet and also resurfacing the six–inch portion of
concrete on the inside of the track leading to the drain. Option two was to
tear out the track and begin from scratch.
After a lengthy
discussion with the construction manager and school architect board member
Cindy Shaw said she would be more comfortable if the system received a second
opinion before making a decision. All board members agreed but want to make a
decision as soon as possible.
The board then
recessed into executive session. When they returned they unanimously approved
accepting the resignation of Leslie Wilson, a paraprofessional at Dade
Elementary School effective at the end of the school year. They also approved
the re-hiring of all certified personal for all four Dade County schools
including the administrators for the 2014-2015 school year. The decision was
made to wait until a new superintendent is in place before finding a
replacement for Kare DeMarche at Dade Middle School.