By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher
The Dade County
Board of Education held its June meeting on the ninth at the Central Office and
hired a new Superintendent of Schools.
announcement was of no surprise since the Board announced at their last meeting
that the Interim Superintendent Cherie Swader was the only finalist for the job
the Board took official action and hired Swader effective July 1, 2014. She
will remain as the Interim Superintendent until then.
Shawn Tobin who retired early after announcing he would be leaving at the end
of his contract, June 30, 2014. Swader has been in the Dade County School
System for many years as a teacher, principal and assistant superintendent.
In other action
the Board also hired a new principal for Dade Middle School replacing Karen
deMarche who recently retired. Jamison Griffin was hired by the Board and will
assume his new position on July 1, 2014. Griffin comes to Dade County from
Signal Mountain where he was assistant middle school principal. Prior to his
Signal Mountain assignment he had served in a similar capacity at East
Hamilton. He started his teaching career at Southeast Whitfield High School
where he built a struggling soccer program into a state contender.
wife and three children live on Lookout Mountain.
In other action
Annice Newton reported to the Board on progress being made to update the Dade
Elementary School playground to make it handicap friendly.
a committee was researching equipment and was working with a company who
specialized in the equipment but noted that the surface must be addressed
first. While research continues Newton said they hoped to have a recommendation
to the Board in the near future.
passed a spending resolution, a yearly event, in case at some point they have
to borrow money until tax money is received. All money borrowed must be repaid
before the end of the physical year.
were awarded including one to Blevins Construction for work on and additions to
the tennis courts at the high school. Blevins was low bidder at $388,280 with
an expected completion in 122 days.
adding two new courts, replacing the four existing courts, lighting and paving
of the area near the courts.
Other bids that
were awarded included a new steam kettle for Dade Middle School and bread bids.
The Board also
approved lunch prices for the next school year and they reflect a 10¢ increase.
School lunch prices for next year will be: Dade and Davis Elementary Schools,
$1.70; Dade Middle School, $1.90; and Dade County High School, $2.
The Board also
accepted the high bids on two vehicles that had been deemed excess property.
Those bids totaled $950 for a 1979 Chevy truck and a 1992 Buick Regal. CP Truck
Sales was the winning bidder.
A contract for
the coming year was also approved with Benchmark Rehabilitation for athletic
trainers at athletic events. That contract remained the same as past years at
accepted the resignations of the following: William “Red” McDaniel, Rachel S.
Blevins, Cole Hicks and Diane Burnett.
hired Bill Hooker, Associate Superintendent; Byron Ballard, 49 percent
graduation coach; Jamison Griffin, Principal; James Kirby and Larry Walker,
part time bus drivers; and Tisa Lindsey, teacher for the coming school year.
called meeting was also held this past Monday at the Board of Education office.
Details of that meeting will be in next week's edition of the Sentinel.