Special to SEGAZINE
The Brantley County School Board and superintendent may soon be adding landlord to its existing duties after a decision at Monday night’s regular meeting to move forward with drawing up contracts to lease a home on the high school campus. The board also announced the county’s newest salutatorian and valedictorian for this year’s graduation.
The home, formerly inhabited by the county’s previous superintendents, has sat vacant since the resignation of superintendent Drew Sauls when board members approved the hiring of Anthony Smith for the position.
Smith resides in Pierce County leaving the home vacant. But if the superintendent and school board attorney can iron out a solid lease agreement, that may not last for long. There will be requirements for living in the home according to board members. Among the most important will be that the home only be inhabited by school system employees. Board members also requested that the resident serve as a steward of the property helping keep an eye out for potential vandalism and clear out remaining participants after events at the location.
The practice isn’t completely unusual according to some board members who said at least two different principals had lived in another house on the property that was later demolished.
The board’s vote Monday night was also in hope that the resident will help with upkeep so that the home doesn’t deteriorate. However, many of the legal details have yet to be fully clarified.
The board also formally announced that the system’s start student, Joseph Ronald Ham is also this year’s valedictorian followed by Ashley Lynn Johnson who will be the Salutatorian. The two were mere points away on overall GPA and both received near perfect scores while also performing well on the SATs. The two will preside over the opening ceremonies of this year’s graduation and will have their pictures placed in the board of education hall alongside past students who earned the distinguished titles.
Star Teacher Frank Bullard III was also recognized at the meeting for being chosen as STAR Teacher by Ham.
Several retirees were recognized as well for years of service to the school system including Donna Johns, Jane Allbritton, Anne Williams, Mary Lyons, Sandy Lee, Elaine Baxley and Dale Hendrix.
In other business, the school board:
• Accepted the resignations of Jessica Carter, Mary Lyons, Daniel Byrd, Margie Manning, Brenda Jowers and Vic Parker.
• Accepted the recommendations of Scooter Goss Morgan as assistant secretar at BCMS, Candice Griffin at content teacher at BCMS, Joe Allen as cyber lab teacher at BCHS, Andrew Shealy as math teacher at BCHS, Richard Blood at English and language arts teacher at BCHS, Neely Moody as social studies teacher at BCHS, Sabrina Crawford as social studies teacher at BCHS and Tracey Perryman as media specialist at Nahunta Elementary.
• Announced the transfer of assistant principal Lora Harvard from BCMS to Hoboken Elementary School as counselor, media specialist Karla Carter from Waynesville Primary to BCMS, Robin Ham from paraprofessional at Hoboken Elementary School to assistant secretary, Tyler Page from content teacher to the connection teacher position of healthcare science and teacher Kim Steedley from Waynesville Primary School to Nahunta Primary School.
• Approved the 2014 Regional Education Service Agency contract for a cost of $30,702. Board members said that the cost hasn’t changed since 1992.
• Approved the bid of about $52,883 from Learning Labs for Engineering Class items at BCHS. The purchase is grant-funded.
• Reimbursed two travel package expenses for the Georgia HOSA Leadership Conference through grant funds.
• Approved the cost of 44 Georgia Nurses Aid Career Pathway Tests for graduating seniors to take at Bayview Nursing Home. This will allow students to graduate as certified nursing assistants.
• Approved the cost of $1,612 for a first aid training mannequin. The item is grant-funded.
• Approved the cost of a geriatric empathy kit for BCHS at a cost of $2,488.56 through grant funds.
• Approved the purchase of a SkyJack Narrow Scissor Lift for the maintenance department at a cost of $6,550.
• Approved the cost of $7,700 for the purchase of refrigerant for the maintenance department.
• Approved the cost of a new math textbook adoption at the cost of nearly $192,000. The new books are part of several curriculum changes.
• Approved fundraisers as presented.
• Approved $1,869 for a mobile work bench for engineering at BCHS. This is grant-funded.
• Approved the cost of $1,542 from Learning Labs for a smart board for the health care class. This item is grant-funded.
• Approved the birth-to-five Striving Readers Grant Cohort which will included the purchase of 70 ipads for kindergarten classes, laptops and $5,000 worth of books for pre-kindergarten students.
• Approved a contract for visually impaired student services.