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December 15--  The Toombs County Board of Education held its December meeting Thursday night.  Here are excerpts from the meeting's minutes.

School Superintendent Richard Smith asked Mrs. Woodruff to come forward and recognize the Debra Brantley Special Education Teacher of the Year. GLRS Director Jeannie Morris joined Mrs. Woodruff and honored Kathy Roberts with this prestigious award. Mrs. Roberts was recommended by her principal, Dr. Judy Helgren who commended Mrs. Roberts for her caring nature. Mrs. Roberts not only expressed gratitude for the presentation but she further noted how much she loved teaching young, special needs children and watching them succeed.

During the Superintendent’s Report, Mr. Smith shared and read the Cornerstone Community Partnership Proclamation with the Georgia Great Promise Partnership. This partnership seeks to advocate the productivity and success of young people. Toombs County is one of only seven communities in the state to be recognized with this partnership. Mr. Smith commended the board of education on their support of the community and this program.

Monthly enrollment was shared with board members. While numbers were up from last month, we were still down about 23 students from last year.

The board was presented with the November Financial Reports, including the October SPLOST and Current Account Balance Reports. SPLOST was down 8% from last October. Further, the board was presented with account balances as of December 2017; they were presented with the general fund budget standing, the monthly cash flow report, and the general ledger.

Mr. Smith noted that information had been gathered from teachers and leadership team members concerning Hurricane Irma make-up days. Mr. Smith recommended that Toombs County Schools make-up two days from the three days lost from the storm. On a motion by Mrs. Wilkes and a second by Mr. Grimes, the board approved that February 16, 2018 and March 15, 2018, previously holidays, be the days made up.

On a motion by Mrs. Wilkes and a second by Mr. Grimes, the board approved the following recommendations: Employment Recommendation: Angie Collins, pre-k teacher, TCES; Brittany Wheeler, Food Service Worker, TCHS.