Special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) income for the month of April 2013 totaled $158,210.64. The SPLOST fund balance as of June 30, 2013 totaled $3,425,406.00. Expenditures from the SPLOST fund balance for June 2013 totaled $746,251.17.
Jack Taylor, director of maintenance and facilities for the school system, presented the quarterly energy report. The school system experienced a 20.74% cost avoidance for the quarter saving the school system $547,886.63 in energy costs.
A change order request for the Dodge County Middle School kitchen renovation was evaluated and approved. The proposal involved labor and material to change sanitary sewer lateral ties from a location indicated on drawings to a location directed by the City of Eastman.
The school board approved a new “Student Code of Conduct” for the Dodge County school system. The student code of conduct covers student offenses and disciplinary actions.
E-Board software totaling $12,640.00 was approved for renewal. This is an annual subscription, which covers software for meetings, policy, law, evaluation, strategic plans, communications and documents for the school system.
The school board approved big Web Apps software totaling $2,834.65. This software is used for field trips, maintenance and technology e-tickets.
Membership dues for Georgia School Boards Association were approved in the amount of $4,115.00.
An invoice from Dodge County Board of Commissioners totaling $9,600.00 was approved for payment. This invoice is for waste removal services for the period of July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.
Superintendent Dr. Melinda Dennis provided an update to the school board regarding grants and she informed the board that requests for bids on carpet cleaning and gym floor refinishing would be posted on the system’s website next week.
Dr. Lawanda Gillis, director of curriculum and professional learning, provided an update to the school board regarding system-wide test scores on school-wide exams.
Staff recommendations approved included Dana Brown, Dodge County Middle School assistant principal; Patricia Connell, pre-kindergarten teacher; Lori Bellflower, pre-kindergarten paraprofessional; Scarlett Driggers, SDES receptionist; Brittany Fuller, SDES paraprofessional; Terry May, bus shop mechanic and Rex Hodges, DCHS boys and girls golf coach.
Positions opened for advertisement include Dodge Achievement Center director and elementary school guidance counselor.
I have something to say and I think it's time to express my displeasure in the Dodge County School Board in how they are treating the bus drivers. It is a crying shame that these ladies and gentlemen, who are required to have incredible responsibility laid upon them (and for that i'm not complaining, as our children deserve to be taken care of in the safest way possible); nevertheless, they should be shown some compensation and appreciation for the job they do. Yet, the general public probably has no idea of the hours our bus drivers put into their jobs (without pay)in physicals, meetings, phone calls, etc. Our bus drivers have not received a raise in at least four years. I know of one, in particular, and he's probably not alone in this situation, who every year, his pay is decreased because of insurance, yet there has been absolutely no offset with any kind of raise in pay. Dodge County should be ashamed. Our bus drivers are important to the education and welfare of our children and the drivers play just as an important a role in this as any other educator on the payroll. Cost of living continues to rise, even that offset would be appreciated. I pay my property taxes every year,to which a portion goes to school taxes, although I have no child in the school system. Not complaining about that either, just stating a fact. But, it's high time our bus drivers get some respect. Come on Dodge County people, including our School Board powers that be, rise to the occasion! Treat our bus drivers fairly this year! Give them a raise! Their families need to live also.