Board of Ed­u­ca­tion ap­points com­mit­tee to study use for old Cen­tre Mid­dle School

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By Laure Cle­mons

Chero­kee County Her­ald Cor­re­spon­dent

In the Oct. 18 Board of Ed­u­ca­tion meet­ing, Su­per­in­ten­dent Mitchell Guice rec­om­mended ap­point­ing a com­mit­tee to re­view pos­si­ble uses for the old Mid­dle School build­ing on Main Street.

“When I be­came Su­per­in­ten­dent the main build­ing was in re­ally bad shape,” Guice said. “It still looks ba­si­cally the same that it did four years ago. It has hit a plateau of de­te­ri­o­ra­tion.”

Guice told the Board he wanted per­mis­sion to ap­point a com­mit­tee to re­search uses for the build­ing so it could con­tinue to be use­ful.

“No one is in­ter­ested in watch­ing the build­ing fall in,” Guice added. “If there are uses we can find for the build­ing I would be in fa­vor of that. The peo­ple I’m want­ing for this com­mit­tee are in­volved in our com­mu­nity al­ready, and they are want­ing to find uses for the build­ing.”

Guice said that Board of Ed­u­ca­tion Mem­bers Suzanne Bishop and Brian Jen­nings would serve on the com­mit­tee, along with eight other ap­pointees. A list was given to the Board of the com­mit­tee ap­pointees for ap­proval.

The Board ap­proved the for­ma­tion of a com­mit­tee to de­ter­mine pos­si­ble uses for the old Cen­tre Mid­dle School as pro­posed by Su­per­in­ten­dent Guice.

In other busi­ness the Board elected Lisa McKis­sick as del­e­gate for the AASB Del­e­gate Assem­bly, and Lynn Rochester as al­ter­nate del­e­gate. The Board also ap­proved an en­ergy sav­ing bud­get for Cen­tre Ele­men­tary School.

The Board adopted a re­vised Travel Ex­penses Pol­icy as re­viewed at the Sept. 20 meet­ing. This led into a dis­cus­sion a pro­posal to hire a firm to cre­ate a new Board Pol­icy Man­ual.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Guice out­lined the costs of hav­ing an out­side firm write a Board Pol­icy Man­ual, as well as the ben­e­fits.

“They would charge $7,250 up front and then $7,250 when we fin­ish. Then the yearly sub­scrip­tion to keep the up­dates so we don’t fall be­hind is $850 a year on that,” Guice said. “This is what a lot of other sys­tems have gone with.”

Guice ex­plained fur­ther the ben­e­fits of us­ing this type of ser­vice for Board Pol­icy Man­ual writ­ing.

“Oth­er­wise what you get into is what we have. Sys­tems that at­tempt to write their own usu­ally have sev­eral staff mem­bers as­signed to writ­ing it,” Guice said. “There are du­pli­ca­tions, or you will find where there is an­other Board of Ed­u­ca­tion name where a copy and paste was done. Some­thing you thought was the most cur­rent law that may not be.”

When an out­side firm cre­ates the Pol­icy Man­ual it is kept up to date.

“They will keep it cur­rent with the laws,” Guice said. “It is ex­pen­sive on the front side. But if we are not le­gal on the front side it will cost more. This is a big pre­ven­tive deal to swal­low up front.”

The Board did not vote on this mea­sure at this meet­ing and will con­sider the pro­posal.

Board mem­bers then adopted a re­vised Con­flict of In­ter­est Pol­icy as re­viewed at the Sept. 20 meet­ing. Other poli­cies adopted in­clude: Re­vised Au­to­mated Ex­ter­nal De­fib­ril­la­tors Pol­icy, Pro­posed Cash Man­age­ment for Fed­eral Funds Pol­icy, Pro­posed De­ter­mi­na­tion of Al­low­able Costs Pol­icy, Pro­posed Pro­cure­ment Pol­icy D- 44, and Pro­posed Ana­phy­laxis Pre­pared­ness Pol­icy.

The Board then voted to ac­cept a bid from Boat­ner Con­struc­tion in the amount of $485,000 for bleacher re­place­ment at Cedar Bluff and Sand Rock Schools.

Per­son­nel Ac­tion was ap­proved as fol­lows:

Amy Blalock res­ig­na­tion as Cen­tre Ele­men­tary School In­struc­tional Para­pro, ef­fec­tive Oct. 18.

Per­son­nel for 21st Cen­tury Sup­per Pro­gram, ef­fec­tive Dec. 5: Pam Flynt, Lisa Davis, Cedar Bluff School; Carol Rosser, Pa­tri­cia Spurl­ing, Cen­tre Ele­men­tary School; Windy Stone, Jen­nifer Ste­wart, Gaylesville School.

Per­son­nel for 21st Cen­tury Con­tract Em­ploy­ment: Melissa Sliger, Cen­tre Ele­men­tary School Lead Teacher, ef­fec­tive Dec. 1.

Clas­si­fied Place­ments: Christal McEl­roy, Cedar Bluff School In­struc­tional Para­pro, ef­fec­tive Oct. 19 and Sheron Hill, Chero­kee County High School 4 hour CNP Worker, ef­fec­tive Nov. 1.

At Sand Rock School, the Board changed Tim Hart­man from clean­ing gym af­ter bas­ket­ball games ($ 1,080), to Tommy Baswell ($1,080).

At Chero­kee County High School the Board made the fol­low­ing ad­di­tions for 2016-17: Kim Ni­chols, Boys Golf Team Coach ($1,000); Neal Wester, Bas­ket­ball Coach ($5,220), funded by CCHS Tipoff Club; and Leah Nel­son, Bas­ket­ball Coach, ($836), funded by CCHS Tipoff Club.

Amanda Mon­teith was granted a leave of ab­sence.

The Board ap­proved pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment and three job post­ings.

Cur­rent job open­ings are: Gaylesville School Sec­ondary Ti­tle Tu­tor In­struc­tional Para­pro and English TeacherTen­ta­tive Post­ing; Cen­tre Ele­men­tary School In­struc­tional Para­pro.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Guice noted that the Ex­ten­sion Of­fice is hold­ing an event on Nov. 23 to thank ev­ery­one who helped the Quiz Bowl Team with their na­tional com­pe­ti­tion, and Board mem­bers are in­vited. The Board had ap­proved $1,500 for them to go to na­tional com­pe­ti­tion, where they came in 5th in the na­tion.

The next Board meet­ing will be Nov. 1, 6 p.m., at the Board of­fice.

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