By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher
The Dade County
Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting Monday night and in spite
of a light agenda the meeting lasted for over two hours.
The first order
of business for the New Year was to elect a chairperson and vice-chairperson.
Carolyn Bradford and Mutt Massengale were again elected to those positions. The
two are the most experienced of the Board members and have severed in the
positions for several years.
approved the consent agenda, consisting of only two items. A band and chorus
trip to New York City for March 2014 and the Power School license renewal.
Superintendent Cherie Swader discussed with the Board the upcoming AdvancED
evaluation for school accreditation. The team will be in Dade Feb. 3-6.
explained they will be evaluating all Dade schools in five areas: purpose and
direction, governance and leadership, teaching and assessing for learning,
resources and support systems, and using results for continuous improvement.
“There is no
question that the school and the classroom are at the heart of teaching and
learning,” Swader stated. “System accreditation has the power to nurture and
support individual school improvement, and at the same time unify school
improvement and align it with overall system improvement goals so that the
system’s schools are moving in one direction,” she added.
team will be visiting all the schools while here as well as interviewing staff,
faculty, board members, students and parents.
interview will take place at a called Board Meeting Feb. 6 at noon.
Shawn Tobin and the Board finished reviewing the final group of board policies
with minor changes expected in a couple of them.
Superintendent’s report a review of upcoming proposed legislative bills was
given and they included raising the dropout age from 16 to 17; changing the
enrollment birthday from Sept. 1 to Dec. 1 among others. These are just
proposed at this time with no guarantee of passage.
Tobin stated they are also expecting more budget issues to come from the state
legislature this year as it has in the past several years.
In action items
the Board put two policy changes on the table for 30 days. On child abuse and
neglect the policy to comply with state law in requiring volunteers and
substitutes to be mandatory reporter.
In the school’s
wellness program, on the recommendation of school nutritionist Wilma Hulgan,
the phrase about eliminating the availability of carbonated drinks to students.
These will be voted on in 30 days.
approved being the fiscal agent for Dade First Family Connection as they have
in past years.
The Board then
went into executive session for personnel and after an hour and 10 minutes
returned to approve the resignation of Randy Watson as golf coach.