School construction and renovation continues despite bad weather this winter, along with plans for the upcoming Broad River College and Career Academy.
County board of education members heard an update on both projects at their February meeting.
Administrators have prepared work-based learning agreement between Caterpillar and the Broad River CCA which will be used for selecting candidates (five students this summer), planning work experiences and evaluating the program. In addition ten articulated classes are in the final stages of completion and ready for spring registration, according to assistant superintendent Sherrie Gibney-Sherman. Athens Technical College has agreed to waive all fees for Broad River CCA students – including the application. ATC president Dr. Flora Tydings will speak to the high school faculty on Wednesday, March 5, at 8 a.m.
In other business, Gibney-Sherman said Pre K and kindergarten registration would be held at all elementary schools on April 9 (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) and April 10 (8 a.m. – 6 p.m.).
The school board voted to outsource the school system’s custodial services to Southern Management. Administrators estimate that the system will save approximately $52,000 per year for the service under the agreement. The company has agreed to match the salaries of all existing county custodial staff and offer insurance to eligible employees, agreeing to pay approximately 70 percent of insurance premiums through United Healthcare Thrifty PPO.
The board made the following personnel recommendations at their Feb. 11 meeting.
The board hired a new nutrition director last week. Barbara Adair was hired to replace former nutrition director Misty Friedman.
Colbert Elementary – The board accepted the resignation of after school worker Morgan Langford and hired Tori Bowers as her replacement. They hired Kendra Wilson as a SPED parapro.
Comer Elementary – They approved Patricia Carey for additional duty as an after school worker and hired Danielle McCurley as an after school worker. Lindsey Pou was hired as a long-term sub, replacing pre-K teacher Amanda Williams, who was granted FMLA maternity leave.
Danielsville Elementary – They granted LWOP for teacher Greta Whitworth.
Hull-Sanford Elementary – The board approved Syliva Faucett as a long-term substitute for Mayra Wood, who is on FMLA leave.
Ila Elementary – They approved additional duty as an after school worker for Rebekah Whitlow and approved Jamie Tucker as a long-term sub for teacher Kaitlin Berryman.
Middle school – The board approved Allison Owen as a long-term sub for teacher Vicki Johnson, who is on FMLA leave.
High school – They approved LWOP for teacher Doug Butts.
The board also approved the following principal contracts for the 2014-15 school year: Christine Register (Comer), Angie Waggoner (Danielsville), Donna Bulla (Hull-Sanford), Chuck Colquitt (MCMS) and George Bullock (MCHS). Colbert and Ila Elementary school recommendations are planned for the March board meeting. Also, assistant superintendent Bonnie Knight was approved for a two-year contract (through June 30, 2016).