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By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher


The Dade County Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting Monday night. Superintendent Shawn Tobin gave special recognition to Dade Middle School students and FBLA Club members Jed Henderson and Dylan Knox and DMS teacher and club sponsor Pamela Stone at the start of the meeting.

Linda Wilson, vice chair of the Dade County Library Board gave a presentation, including a video to “give you a little insight about what people use the library for,” she told the Board.

After the video Wilson explained their funding issues and reported the city of Trenton was funding them this year for $24,000. They didn’t fund them last year.

Private donations helped keep the library going last year and those totaled some $31,000.

In closing Wilson asked the board for funding this year of $18,863. Last year the BOE cut all funding to the library.

No action was taken at the meeting but it will be discussed as board members work on the upcoming budget.

The item of most interest during the meeting was the approval of the 2013-2014 School Calendar.

The recommended calendar has very few changes from last year with school set to begin Sept. 3 and end on May 30. Fall break will be Oct. 4-7 and students and faculty will get a full week off for Thanksgiving and two weeks for Christmas. Spring break will be March 24-28.

The Board approved the calendar with a unanimous vote.

Other items on the agenda were approval of the Georgia Education Cooperative and approving the sale of a surplus cooler/refrigerator.

Other action items included approving two policy changes that had been open for the required 30 days.

The Board then went into executive session and returned to approve the following personnel:

Hire – Jennifer Woods, Golf Coach; Janet Bradford, Paula Brown and Jacqueline Wooten, cafeteria staff, substitutes.

Resignations: Michelle Moore, cafeteria staff; Ken Pennington, bus driver; and Myka Hicks, teacher.

Retiring: Susan Millican, effective for 2013-2014 school year.

The Board also approved coaching supplements for next year and they remain the same as the past few years.

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