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