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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.

Interim Superintendent Cherie Swader conducted the meeting with all board members present at the meeting.

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 BOE.

Also recognized 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.

Paula Stallings 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.

Dr. James 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.

Annice Newton 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.

Newton also discussed with the Board issues concerning a special education playground at Dade Elementary School.

With students 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.

No recommendation was made on the playground at this time but is a definite need that needs to be addressed according to Newton.

Board members 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.

The board appointed Chairperson Carolyn Bradford as delegate for Georgia School Boards Association with board member Johnny Warren being the alternate.

Interim 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.

Swader also 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.

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