PSD takes time out to honor board mem­bers, staff

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By Kevin Myrick [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­nal.net

Hon­or­ing staff, board mem­bers and lock­ing down an­nual agree­ments were all on the agenda for the March Polk County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion’s reg­u­lar ses­sion for the month.

Among the items ap­proved unan­i­mously dur­ing the March 12 ses­sion in­cluded an agree­ment for the Polk School Dis­trict to con­tinue on with school nurs­ing ser­vices pro­vided by Floyd Med­i­cal Cen­ter’s re­gional pro­gram with only a slight in­crease in the amount the dis­trict is pay­ing for nurses in ev­ery school.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Lau­rie Atkins told board mem­bers that per their agree­ment pre­vi­ously made with Floyd Med­i­cal Cen­ter for pro­vid­ing the ser­vices in their re­newal for the rest of the year and into 2020 with a 3 per­cent in­crease over the pre­vi­ous amount of $359,000 made in a deal in 2017. That’s just a $10,770 in­crease in the agreed upon price for ser­vices.

That now put the to­tal cost at $369,770 for the pro­gram, which pro­vides nurses at the high schools, mid­dle schools and all the ele­men­tary school cam­puses within the dis­trict. The board agrees to make quar­terly pay­ments to FMC to the tune of $92,442.50.

Board mem­bers also ap­proved the an­nual agree­ment to pay part of the cost for the 4-H Ex­ten­sion Pro­gram As­sis­tant Po­si­tion at a to­tal of $5,004. That goes back to the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia who runs the Polk County Ex­ten­sion Of­fice headed by Ricky Ens­ley in a pro­gram for youth or­ga­nized by Dora Wil­liams.

Th­ese are just some of the ex­pen­di­tures in the FY 2019 bud­get that is mov­ing right on track for the year, and has ad­di­tional funds within the gen­eral fund set aside for sum­mer­time pay­roll costs. As of the end of Jan­uary, the board had $17.2 mil­lion and change avail­able in the gen­eral fund bal­ance, though Fi­nan­cial Direc­tor Tammy McDon­ald re­ported that some of the money in the gen­eral fund will be needed when school is out to help meet pay­roll costs dur­ing the break.

The dis­trict’s SPLOST funds re­main healthy as well, with com­bined funds from SPLOST V and SPLOST VI ac­counts at more than $4.8 mil­lion, and much more set aside in con­struc­tion ac­counts as work con-

tin­ues at build­ings around the dis­trict pro­grammed in the 2017 E-SPLOST re­quest from the dis­trict.

That money has and is be­ing used for im­prove­ments at Cedar­town and Rock­mart High Schools and other cam­puses, in­clud­ing some ath­letic fa­cil­ity im­prove­ments as well. The key­stone projects re­main the soonto-open An­i­mal Sci­ences fa­cil­ity at Rock­mart High School, and the un­der con­struc­tion Fine Arts ad­di­tion to Cedar­town High School.

Board mem­bers hon­ored, GSBA del­e­gates cho­sen

Na­tional School Board Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Week was be­ing cel­e­brated a bit early for board mem­bers at their lat­est meet­ing. The open­ing of this week marked the start of the week cel­e­brat­ing those who serve lo­cal dis­tricts across the coun­try, and Polk School Dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tors and staff took the time early dur­ing the March 12 ses­sion to en­sure that board mem­bers know they care and ap­pre­ci­ate all their hard work.

Cakes were made for each board mem­ber to take home with the PSD logo on top, and board mem­bers were hon­ored with cer­tifi­cates for their ser­vice as well. That in­cludes the 27 years on the board for Tommy San­ders, who was re-elected for a new term in 2018.

When cer­tifi­cates cel­e­brat­ing the board’s ser­vice were handed out, San­ders said that dur­ing his term he’s had chil­dren and grand­chil­dren grad­u­ate from Rock­mart High School, and the legacy con­tin­ues with more San­ders in the dis­trict. One fi­nal grand­child grad­u­ates with the Class of 2019 and great-grand­chil­dren have al­ready be­gun their ca­reers in the Polk School Dis­trict.

School board mem­bers also had the task dur­ing the night to de­ter­mine who’d rep­re­sent the dis­trict at the Ge­or­gia School Board As­so­ci­a­tion’s an­nual assem­bly in Sa­van­nah in early June. Board Chair Bernard Mor­gan was nom­i­nated to serve as the del­e­gate for 2019, and board mem­ber J.P. Fos­ter was nom­i­nated to be the al­ter­nate at the forth­com­ing assem­bly. Both were ap­proved

unan­i­mously.

Ed­u­ca­tors and staff hon­ored in March by dis­trict, PREA

School nu­tri­tion work­ers were given the spot­light dur­ing March for the monthly M.E.R.I.T. Award given out by Polk School Dis­trict in co­op­er­a­tion with Floyd-Polk Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Katie Thomas said dur­ing the awards pre­sen­ta­tion that when nom­i­nated, ev­ery­one pro­vided all pos­i­tive re­marks about the ser­vice that Julie Durham at Van Wert Ele­men­tary presents daily with a smile.

“She’s a won­der­ful in­spi­ra­tion to all stu­dents and staff,” Thomas said that one nom­i­na­tion form in­cluded, and more. “She’s al­ways kind and friendly, and al­ways has some­thing nice to say to ev­ery­one.”

M.E.R.I.T. nom­i­na­tions are gath­ered for a 30 day pe­riod for con­sid­er­a­tion.

The Polk Re­tired Ed­u­ca­tors As­so­ci­a­tion also took time out dur­ing the March 12 meet­ing to hand out their an­nual new teacher grant. This year, Gla­dys Gip­son gave the $500 grant to Young Grove Ele­men­tary’s Ti­mothy War­ren. She said it was his pas­sion for ed­u­ca­tion that pro­vided PREA with the per­fect nom­i­nee for 2019.

“It is a joy to hear him talk about his chil­dren, and se­lected him some time ago based upon the an­swers to the ques­tions on the ap­pli­ca­tion,” Gip­son said.

War­ren is the mu­sic teacher at Youngs Grove, a grad­u­ate of Shorter Univer­sity with the Class of 2017.

/ Kevin Myrick

The M.E.R.I.T. Award win­ner was Julie Durham of Van Wert Ele­men­tary School (cen­ter) pic­tured with Board Chair Bernard Mor­gan, Su­per­in­ten­dent Lau­rie Atkins, Floyd Med­i­cal Cen­ter’s Dan Bevels and As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent Katie Thomas.

/ Kevin Myrick

Ti­mothy War­ren at Youngs Grove Ele­men­tary was named the PREA New Ed­u­ca­tor Grant win­ner dur­ing the March 2019 reg­u­lar board meet­ing. He’s pic­tured with PREA’s Gla­dys Gip­son.

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