The Dade County High School jazz band performed for those in
attendance at last week's School Board Meeting. Band members received
recognition by the Board of Education following their performance.
By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher
The Dade County
Board of Education held its regular monthly work session and Special Called
Meeting Monday, May 12 at Dade County High School.
Cherie Swader conducted the meeting with all board members present at the
The Dade County
High School jazz band and the Dade Middle School chorus at the beginning of the
meeting entertained the board and they received special recognition from the
at the meeting were the Dade Middle School Greenhouse Gang and the Construction
Class from Dade County High School. Those two groups worked hand–in–hand on the
greenhouse at Dade Middle School.
updated board members on all system accounts during the monthly financial
report as well as reports on recent tax collections.
The board then
discussed a number of items that will go on the consent agenda for the regular
meeting to be held Monday, May 19.
Cantrell discussed the CTAE budget. Cantrell had no dollar figures available at
the meeting due to the way the program works. Decisions still need to be made
concerning exactly what class will be offered and other issues that will
determine the final budget.
had several items that will be voted on at the next meeting including the
Special Education Parent Mentor Agreement and Vocational Rehabilitation
Collaborative Agreement for 2015.
discussed with the Board issues concerning a special education playground at
Dade Elementary School.
in wheelchairs and other handicaps the access to the playground is very
limited. Newton suggested that a handicap playground was needed so they could
interact with other students. Currently the playground has bark mulch and that
does not work well with handicap equipment, particularly wheelchairs and
anything with wheels. Ramps are needed and another form of ground cover would
be very beneficial to the students needs.
recommendation was made on the playground at this time but is a definite need
that needs to be addressed according to Newton.
received bids for a bus engine. The low bidder was Lee-Smith, Inc. of
Chattanooga with a bid of $19,224.06. This item was placed on the consent
agenda to be voted on at the May 19th meeting.
The board also
received bids on fleet insurance with the low bidder being Solomon, Deaton and
Buice at a bid of $14,747.76. This bid was considerably lower that bids from J.
Smith Lanier and the Georgia School Boards Association.
appointed Chairperson Carolyn Bradford as delegate for Georgia School Boards
Association with board member Johnny Warren being the alternate.
Superintendent Swader reported that Doug Eza will be at the May 19th meeting
with the FY15 tentative budget and he will be available to answer board member
questions before the meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Swader ask members to call
and set up a time to meet with Eza to have their questions answered.
recommended the board look at replacing carpet with floor tiles in some areas
at Dade Elementary and Davis Elementary and a small area at Dade Middle School.
This could be done over the summer if the board agrees she stated.
After a short
executive session the board approved Superintendent Swader’s recommendations of
accepting resignations from Candy Garner, custodian at Davis and Byron Ballard,
graduation coach at Dade High School.
The Board also
approved the non–renewal of the contract of Bobbie Allison, graduation coach at
Dade High School. The graduation coaches had been paid through Race To the Top
money and that grant has ended.