By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
The Board is
continuing to work on the budget with the final vote not coming until at least
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.
gave the financial reports and a contract was approved with Margie Bruner as
Psychologist for Special Programs.
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.
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.
was the hiring of Brandon Blakeman, teacher; Christopher Leverett, summer
custodian; and Kurt Wallin, summer custodian.