During a recent board meeting, Chairman Tommy McDaniel discussed some of the previous and ongoing projects in the school system, noting that the board has encountered problems with some of them. While the architects can¡¦t be blamed for all the problems, he suggested that the board consider contacting other firms.
Board Member Don Stowe agreed. Cherokee County School Superintendent Brian Johnson noted that competition would be good for the school system.
Johnson also requested that the board consider hiring grant writers, which has been done in other school systems, and the board seemed favorable to the idea.
Patsy Richardson, local school bus driver and ESP (Education Support Personnel) president, requested that the board make sure that someone is in the school offices during school hours, including bus pickup in the morning and afternoon. This way, there would be someone to report to in incidents where a child gets on the wrong bus or other incidents as well.
The board met in executive session for five student disciplinary hearings and following the ses-sions voted to approve timed served in out of school suspension as sufficient for a Centre Elemen-tary School Student, voted to place a Cherokee County Career and Technology Center student in In School Suspension for the remainder of the school year and on probation for the remainder of the 2004-2005 school year and also for the 2005-2006 school year and voted to approved time served in out of school suspension as sufficient for a Sand Rock School student and voted to place the student on probation for the remainder of the school year.
The board also met for another hearing on a Sand Rock student, but once again, the student and the student¡¦s parents failed to show up for the hearing as requested by Superintendent Johnson. Because the student withdrew from the school system, the board took no action. If the student requests to enroll in the Cherokee County School System, however, the student will have to come be-fore the board for a disciplinary hearing.
The board also voted to expell a Gaylesville student for the remainder of the school year with services still provided to student for graduation requirements.
Prior to the regular meeting, the board met in a work session with Ann Dykes to discuss revi-sions to the school handbook. One topic of concern is whether the school system should pay for an annual medical examination for personnel. The board will discuss the matter further in a future meeting.
In personnel action, the board:
ƒÞApproved the retirements of Joe Witcher as a Centre bus driver, effective June 1, 2005 and the resignation of Frances Witcher as a Centre bus driver effective June 1, 2005.
ƒÞApproved a softball supplement f $1,500 for Brian Simmons at Cedar Bluff School.
In other action, the board:
ƒÞApproved two summer student workers at the Technology Office at $6 per hour.
ƒÞApprove out-of-state travel for Ricky Mackey to the Georgia CDCin Atlanta, GA April 29, 2005 at¡V no expense to board.
ƒÞApproved bills for payment