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February 14--  Montgomery County School Superintendent Hugh Kight made the following report to the county school board at its February meeting.

--Upcoming Important Dates:                                                                                                  

            Feb. 16-19   Winter Break

            Feb. 22nd       Whole Board Training (6:00-9:00pm) MCBOE

            Feb. 24th       RESA Job Fair

--Eagle Express Mobile Classroom Update: In mid-January, we received a $2000 donation from GA Power and a $20,000 Grant from GOSA (Governor’s Office of Student Achievement) to help fund our bus needs. Special thanks to Marcee Pool for completing the paperwork to make this happen. The Bus is running strong!

--We interviewed six candidates from the pool of 23 applicants last week. Special thanks to our Interview Panel---Marcee Pool, Steve McLeod, Leigh Anne Helms, Candace Keen, Kim Yawn, Tim Suttles, and Kaneesha Love. Many hours were spent during this process.

--Our District Admin Team met with each school Leadership Team to discuss their 45 day action plan. Each school is making progress toward their school improvement plan.

--Instructional Coaches, MCES Admin, RESA School Improvement Specialist, Mrs. Pool, and I conducted “Focus Walks” to all classrooms to ensure best practices strategies were used for instruction at Montgomery County Elementary School.

--New MC Middle/High School Update:

*Roof construction is in progress.                                                                  

*Window installation will begin next week.

*Kitchen submittals have been completed.

--We received a grant from USDA for $17,000 to purchase a single-stack Combi-Oven for the Middle/High School. Special thanks to Catherine Parten for her work getting these funds.

--GOSA (Governor’s Office of Student Achievement) has awarded MCS $43,350 for Round 5 of the Connections for Classroom Program. Our score of 83.5 allowed our district to receive 100% of the eligible grant request. This grant will provide 225 Chromebooks for our students. Special thanks to Mary Caraway, Marcee Pool, and Julie Harrelson for the hard work to make this happen!!

--Our Boys Basketball Team is currently ranked #7 in the power rankings! We are the 3A Region Champs!! Go Eagles!

--Drone Class Update: We have received the Drones, Simulators, and Batteries for the class. We are in the process of writing the curriculum and will open it for some gifted class activities this spring and have it ready for coursework next fall!

--A meeting was held today by our System Leadership Team. Items of discussion were staff attendance and our 2018-19 School Calendar.

--All Superintendents from our RESA will be attending a Legislative Meeting in Matt Hatchett’s meeting room in Atlanta on February 15th to discuss teacher shortages and other educational issues.

--Possible/Pending Legislation Positions:

*SB362 Innovative Assessment Pilot---Provides alternatives to the current assessment and accountability systems.

*SB098 Capital Outlay for Pre-K Programs---This bill would provide capital outlay funds for Pre-K classrooms. Currently, no capital outlay funding is provided for Pre-K.

*HB728 Public Education Innovation Fund Foundation Tax Credit---Total amount of tax credits will match what is allowed in the GOAL Scholarship Tax Credit---$58 million vs. 5 million for public education.

The system's school calendar for next year was tabled until the next board meeting.  A called meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 20.

The school board approved the following personnel actions in addition to all certified staff for the 2018-19 school year.