The Towns County Board of Education met for their Workshop Session on May Day, Monday, May 1, 2017 at 7 p.m. TCS Superintendent Dr. Darren Berrong and all Board Members were present. Finance Director Myra Underwood and Secretary to Dr. Berrong Paula Whitehead were also present.
The Board conducted the second Budget Hearing at 6:30 p.m., just prior to the Work Session. As was the case for the first Budget Hearing, no one addressed the Board.
Dr. Berrong recommended that the Board approve the RLR Architectural Contract for upcoming SPLOST Projects. The Contract stipulates a fee of six per cent of SPLOST Project cost. The Board approved the Contract with Dr. Smith abstaining because she had not been able to review the contract.
Dr. Berrong recommended that the Board approve the creation of a Construction Manager Position for FY 2018 – FY 2023. Given the Board’s approval last month of moving forward with the Modernization Program for TCS, this would seem to be a prudent move. The Position would report to both Dr. Berrong and Director of Facilities Roy Perrin. The Board approved Dr. Berrong’s recommendation unanimously.
Dr. Berrong reported to the Board that TCS and Towns County are trying to get legislation passed that would allow them to share SPLOST. Dr. Berrong also announced that the National Day of Prayer would be observed at the Recreation Center on May 4, 2017 at 8 a.m.
Dr. Berrong recommended that the Board approve the creation of Transportation Assistant Position, a HS Paraprofessional Position, and, after Executive Session, a Maintenance Manager Position. All were approved by the Board.
Dr. Berrong recommended that the Board approve the resignation of ES Paraprofessional Melissa Kimsey. Kimsey was injured in an automobile accident in 2016 and has had physical difficulty ever since. The Board approved her resignation.
Underwood reported to the Board on the Financial Statement, Activity Quarterly Report and FY 2018 Budget. She said all was going according to predicted outcomes, nothing stood out as a concern.
The Board approved the following Fund Raisers:
• TC 4-H – Rabies Clinic on May 13, 2017
• HS Girls Soccer – Youth Soccer Camp: May 29 – June 1, June 4,11, 18, & 25, 2017
• HS Boys Basketball – Indian Basketball Camp: June 5 -7, 2017
The Board approved the following Field Trips:
• HS Boys Basketball – Andrews HS: June 6, 8, 22, & 27, 2017
• HS Boys Basketball – UGA on June 17, 2017
• HS Football – Fannin County HS on June 27, 2017
• MS & HS Football – Pickens County HS on June 29, 2017
• MS & HS Football – Paint Ball Atlanta on June 30, 2017
• MS Football – Fannin County HS on July 19, 2017
Following a short Executive Session, the Meeting adjourned.