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March 22--  The Montgomery County school board hired six new teachers for next school term at its March meeting, according to School Superintendent Hugh Kight.

They are Kaylee Coleman---Special Education Teacher, Elementary School; Emily Gibson-Roberson---High School Band Director; Katie Selph---Special Education Teacher, Elementary School; Jessica Allen---PreK Teacher, Elementary School; Stanley Garland---Spanish Teacher, High School; Kristen Garland---Family and Consumer Science Teacher, High School.

The board also promoted Johnny Culver from Assistant Principal at Montgomery County Elementary School to Alternative School Director/Student Workbase Coordinator and named Eric Burns from the Alternative School to succeed Culver as the Assistant Principal at the elementary school.

The superintendent also briefed the board on the following points.

Superintendent’s Report

March 18, 2019

--Upcoming Important Dates:                                                                                                  

            * March 15-----------Teacher Work Day---Student Holiday

            * March 19-----------Report Cards go Home

            * March 29-----------Bus Driver Emergency Evacuation Drill Day

            * April 1-5------------Spring Break!!

--AdvancEd Accreditation Visit was an awesome experience. Continuous improvement is the goal!

--Middle/High School Update:

            * The ice machine is here---Larry started the installation today.

* Parking Lot area made great progress since last week---should be ready for asphalt soon!

* We are in the process of pricing shades for the new school:  We received three quotes. Palmer Furniture was the low bidder.  Other bidders were Windows on Wimbledon and Terry's Contract Flooring, LLC.

--Safety Funds from State should be coming soon----Approximately $30K for each school to be used for safety enhancements. Looking at a safety feature for our elementary school---rep will be attending our next work session (AlertPoint Security).

--Our Governor has approved a $2775 raise for our certified staff members and a 2% raise for classified staff. Other classified staff will be funded locally.

--GA Power rebate check should be received soon---received email confirmation.

--Brick Fundraiser Update: We have set our goal to $25K to be completed by July. A private donor has agreed to match the $25K if we can reach the goal. We received a donation check from Altamaha Bank and Trust for $1000. Total as of today is $2625, including on-line purchases.

--We met with Ricky Wheeler Friday regarding the transformation of our old gym into an Ag Center. We are searching for possible grants.

--Athletic Events Update:

*Baseball, Track, and Soccer participation is going strong!

--We are going through the process of getting bids for our new greenhouse concrete foundation. We must pay for the foundation—CTAE pays for the greenhouse and installation.

--We are registered for the GSBA Summer Conference--- Hotel Rooms at the Holiday Inn Express are reserved beginning June 5th (After 4pm). Conference begins on the 6th.

--Our Recreation Department has presented the Gym Lease option to the Commissioners for consideration. Mr. McCloud would like to come to our next work session to discuss agreement after his board has their work session.

--We received notice last week that our system will receive FTE funds for our new Elementary Ag Education program next year! Schools approved for the pilot list are eligible to receive this funding.

--SECCA has local sponsors to host a summer Energy Camp again this June. Last summer we had 7 students attend.

--SECCA Electives for next Fall:

            *JROTC                                 *Nursing                  *Auto Mechanics

            *Cosmetology                    *Drones                   *Energy

            *TAP (Teaching as a Profession)                      *Health Care

--Next MCBOE Work Session – Thursday, April 11th @ 5:00pm

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