2009-09-16 / Front Page

Schools still without SRO

The Early County School System is still without a school resource officer after the Early County Board of Education failed to act on the system administrators' recommendation of a candidate for the job at their Sept. 8 BOE meeting. After much discussion that centered on the information included in advertising for the position, action to approve Ronnie Suggs for the job failed. System officials say they will re-advertise for the position to include information mentioned in board member complaints. The matter has been an ongoing item of discussion for several months.

In other business, the board also entered into a long discussion concerning job descriptions for custodial and custodial supervisor positions. Some board members felt five years experience and managerial experience was excessive for a custodial supervisor and finally settled on two years experience and some supervisory experience preferred.

The board approved a request to increase ECHS curriculum specialist Karen McNeal to full time with salary covered through Title I staff development funds and accepted the low bid of 3 percent interest by Bank of Early on a $1 million line of credit. The system routinely acquires a line of credit in the fall for operation until tax dollars become available in December.

A request to replace computer networking equipment at a cost of $12,000 was approved with initial payment coming through the general fund with reimbursement from SPLOST as funding becomes available. The equipment is necessary to replace failed equipment used for student testing and to upgrade email servers and other system networking efforts.

The board approved a calendar change for the school year which will give students Monday, Sept. 28 as a holiday rather than a half day and no holiday Sept. 29. A list of fundraisers for school classes and clubs was approved as were requests to seek and accept lowest bids for lawn service for system facilities in September and October and to seek bids for custodial equipment.

A resignation for ECHS social studies teacher Deeds Horner was approved and Jon Richardson was approved to take the position. Richardson will transfer from ECES to the high school and is certified to teach high school social studies. Pamela Sills was approved as a bus driver and a list of substitute teachers and custodial workers was approved.

In his remarks to the BOE, Supt. Kenneth Hall reported that the educational programs at all three schools were accredited with quality for this school term by the Georgia Accrediting Commission. He also noted that a gym dedication for students and staff is scheduled for Oct. 1 with a dedication and open house for the public scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 4 at 3 p.m.

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