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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.

The capital 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 projects.

Cook explained 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.

The facilities 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 manager.

During the 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 per month.

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.


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