Dodge County School Superintendent Dr. Melinda Dennis informed the school board that a team of employees from the school system would study and evaluate a possible restructuring of the Dodge County elementary schools and pre-kindergarten school, at the board’s meeting on Thursday, September 12.
This lengthy and on-going discussion between the superintendent and school board has been underway for some time and the decision was made to form a team to evaluate and formulate a plan to present to the school board at the December 2013 meeting. Dr. Dennis stated, “The Dodge County school system has assembled a task force to investigate the possibility of restructuring our elementary schools. Presently, the system has a separate pre-kindergarten and two very good elementary schools. However, combining three facilities into two would save the system funding and would help in having consistent expectations, collaboration and professional learning among teachers in each grade level.
The task force will be looking into a plan where a primary school, pre-kindergarten through second grade, and an elementary school, grades three through five, are established. Although cost savings is a consideration, the Dodge County school system is committed to doing what is ultimately best for students.”
In other school business, Dr. Dennis recognized Dodge County High School (DCHS) students Jacob Danforth, Alex Hatmaker, Claire Peacock, Paul Rogers and Leanna Stuckey as artists of the month. These students received an “Examples of Excellence” certificate at this past Thursday night’s school board meeting.
Local citizen Bob Holland spoke to the board during public participation regarding a proposal to change the traditional school calendar to a trimester school calendar. Holland presented a new plan to save money and to increase better grades for the students.
The school board approved the strategic plan for the school system and approved the superintendent evaluation instrument for the current school year.
The school board voted to replace the communication system and repeater that services the school system’s transportation department, which is located at the water tower beside the Harvey’s shopping center. The project will cost $12,824.60 and will include the installation of a new antenna, repeater, cabling, amplifiers and grounding kits to be installed on the water tower. Macon Communication of Macon was contracted for the project.
Information technology director Rick Rogers requested the board to contract with Charles Spires for one day a week to assist Rogers with technical support for the school system. The board approved the request at a rate of $25.00 per hour.
Curriculum director Dr. Lawanda Gillis provided information to the school board regarding the teacher keys effectiveness system and training that has been held at each school. She also presented the board with information about the student growth percentiles.
Dr. Dennis informed the board that she would be contacting community members to serve on the REACH Advisory Board in order to help keep the scholarships going.
Special local option sales tax (SPLOST) income for the month of June 2013 totaled $158,301.07. The SPLOST fund balance as of August 31, 2013 is $3,023,409.00. Expenditures from the SPLOST account for the month of August totaled $528,497.65.
The school board approved the following person nel recommendations: Owen Kirkpatrick, bus driver and Meghan McCranie, Dodge County Middle School (DCMS) girls basketball coach, DCMS/DCHS CCLC after school program staff.
The school board accepted the resignation of Tiffany Bowen, assistant coach of DCMS cheerleading.
Additions to the substitute teacher list include Courtney Hagel, Annie Moore, Tiffany Allen, Quinton Hicks, Pamela R. King, Shardae Lewis, Mindy Monk, Valerie Branch, Diann Cannon, Laura Crawford, Itzel Espinosa and Judy Ann Lowery.
Addition to the substitute custodian list includes Jacqueline L. Nelson.
Addition to the substitute nurse list includes Wendy McLoon.
The school board approved the 21st Century CCLC After School Program staff for 2013-2014. They are: Marcie Jones, program director; DCHS site coordinators Eric Cowart and Brande Vaughn and DCMS site coordinator Juaquita Williams.
Teachers for DCHS include Katherine Taylor, Angie Pritchett, Dana Niblett, Lisa Walker and Pam Mevlin.
Teacher for DCMS include Tonya Coleman, Jodi Fountain, Autumn Kitchens, Shelly Butler and Bonnie Moore.
Substitutes for DCHS include Erin Anderson, Heather Cameron, Melanie Peacock, Hudson Christian, Jennifer McDaniel, Michelle Wahl, Carla Skipper, Ryan Ridgely, Joey Jones, Rae Brazil and Hope Clark.
Substitute for DCMS include Angela Peacock, Diana Stuckey, Nora Jean Reaves, Paula Cook, Karen Stiltz, Mary Kirkley, Angie Jordan, Minnie Pearl Searles; Tony Taylor and Terri Evans.