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A Game Time representative speaks to school board members on what is needed to upgrade Dade Elementary School's playground and to make it more handicap accessible.
The Dade County Board of Education held a Special Called Board Meeting last week with the primary purpose being to approve the millage rate for FY15.

The meeting started however at Dade Elementary School with a representative from Game Time regarding the upgrade to one of the existing playgrounds.

It was explained what the school system would need to do to get ready for the upgrade and also checked samples of the surface to be installed. The new surface makes the playground more handicapped friendly as wheelchairs can easily move around on the surface.

Additional sidewalks were also discussed and it was decided to bid that additional work as well as removal of existing mulch from the playground.

When the board reconvened at the Board of Education the first order of business was to adopt the millage rate. On a motion by David Powell and a second by John Warren the Board approved the rollback rate of 15.128 mills. That is down slightly from last year.

In other action the Board approved the Bright from the Start Pre–K agreement for the coming school year and also approved bids for custodial supplies from American Paper and Kel-San. Bids were accepted from each vendor on lowest price items.

The Board also approved the upgrade of the playground at Dade Elementary School at a cost of $154,581. They also approved bidding the removal of mulch and getting the area ready for the new equipment and surface. The surface selected was tiles instead of the poured rubber option. The warranty and maintenance on the tiles is much better than on the poured surface according to the supplier.

The tennis courts were also discussed. At the last meeting Blevins Construction informed the Board of bad soil that needed to be replaced before the new courts were installed.

Blevins gave three options with the Board approving the option recommended by the contractor and a soil specialist they had called in. The additional cost was $48,900 and work was expected to begin again in the next few days.

With the soil problems that had been there from the time the original courts were built the Board ask for bids on adding French drains to help eliminate future problems. The bid for those drains was $7,905 and was approved by the Board.

The Board stressed that they wanted to make sure the job was done right and no future problems would be found in years to come.

The Board then went into executive session for personnel.

When the Board returned Superintendent Cherie Swader recommended the following personnel, which the Board hired: Lora Stinnett, paraprofessional; Carissa White, William “Nick” Wilson and Bailey Reed as teachers.

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