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By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher


Interim Superintendent Cherie Swader recognized two retirees at the beginning of the May 19th Board of Education meeting. Karen deMarche, principal at Dade Middle School, was recognized for her many years of service to the Dade County school system. When asked if she had anything to say she just said, “It’s been a good run.”

Also recognized was Donna Moore who is retiring after 20 years of service in Dade Elementary’s cafeteria. She said she was looking forward to spending more time with grandchildren.

During public input Ginnie Sams spoke to the BOE about restoring funding to the Dade County Public Library. She pointed out the past funding level was $38,500 and that amount could restore a lot of services that have been cut over the past few years due to reduced funding.

Sams pointed out that the community generously donated $23,200 last year to help offset the reduction in funding but the additional $15,300 would allow the library to extend the hours of operation for more after-school hours. She also pointed out that the library now had much more space than in the past and that the library currently has over 8,000 users.

William Beck also addressed the Board on the library funding issue. He asked board members to be mindful of the educational value of keeping the library open after school hours. He also pointed out that educators started the original Dade County Library may years ago. He ask the Board to restore funding to the full amount of $38,500.

In the preliminary budget the funding level to the library is $10,500. That budget has not been adopted due to the Board still working on the budget.

Doug Eza then gave BOE members an overview of the proposed budget that at the present time is approximately $16,952,960. That is an increase of approximately $900,000 over the current budget and has an anticipated $192,000 shortfall. Eza also pointed out that some 90 percent of the budget is expenditures for salaries and benefits.

The Board is continuing to work on the budget with the final vote not coming until at least late June.

Board members then approved the consent agenda that included: CTAE Budget for FY15; Parent Mentor Agreement – Special Education; Vocational Rehabilitation Collaborative Agreement 2015; GNETS Program – FY15 Program Assurances; Bid for motor vehicle/bus fleet insurance; GAK- Personnel Records; and purchase of a bus engine.

Paula Stallings gave the financial reports and a contract was approved with Margie Bruner as Psychologist for Special Programs.

Members also approved a natural gas consortium that saves the system on natural gas purchases by joining with other school systems to get the best price.

A fuel bid was also approved with Parman Oil.

After an executive session Interim Superintendent Cherie Swader recommended and the Board approved the following personnel: the resignation of Christi Madwell as teacher at Dade Elementary; the retirement of Martha Gray, teacher, Louise Clark, custodian at Dade Middle School and Donna Moore as cafeteria staff.

Also approved was the hiring of Brandon Blakeman, teacher; Christopher Leverett, summer custodian; and Kurt Wallin, summer custodian.


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