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The Dade County Board of Education held its monthly work session/special called meeting on Monday, Aug. 11th with all Board members in attendance.

First on the agenda were information items and Dade County High School’s baseball coach Brent Cooper addressed the Board about a possible spring baseball trip to Pensacola, Fla. The trip would consist of both varsity and junior varsity games and includes sightseeing and team building activities.

The Board also heard information on the Dade Middle School Washington D.C., trip that has been in place for the past several years. Changes are in the works for future trips to include seventh graders and rotate the trip. One year to Washington the next year to Savannah. Those changes are for the upcoming school year if the Board approves.

Other information items included bids for equipment repair, ware washing chemicals, playground excavation work, and pest control bids.

Also discussed under information items were Softdocs contracts. Softdocs is a software and storage system to store and hold all school records. Old records would be scanned and stored freeing up considerable space now being used just to store the thousands of documents that the system must keep for a number of years.

Superintendent Cherie Swader and other employees from the local school system have visited other schools currently using the Softdocs and all highly recommend going to the paperless storage system.

Information items from the work session will be on the consent agenda for the next school board meeting on Monday, Aug. 18.

Superintendent Swader reported to the Board that Intech was re-evaluating the video surveillance system for Dade Middle and Davis Elementary Schools and would have a new proposal in the near future. Also included in the bid will be some upgrades for the high school as well.

Superintendent Swader also reported that the Dade County school system was randomly selected by the state audit department to review the Teacher Retirement System and the Public Employee Retirement System records. This was the first year that this audit was performed.

Superintendent Swader reported that the systems records were deemed commendable and the auditor commented that the school system’s director of bookkeeping, Paula Stallings and the system’s human resources administrator, Judy Walden were knowledgeable and extremely confident in the work that they did.

The auditor stated that they were very professional and had taught her things. “We are very fortunate to have such committed and dedicated district staff personnel,” Swader said.

After a brief Executive Session the Board approved the Superintendent’s personnel recommendations.

Those were resignations from Lisa Winfree and Jennifer Bixler Hooker and the hiring of three aftercare program staff. Those were Tammy Crane, Loran Daniels and Shayla Anderson.


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