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BOE conducts called meeting

By: Mike Williams

The Emanuel County Board of Education conducted a called meeting on July 29 at 8:30am at the board office. All members were present except Tanya Lane and Phylis Dixon who listened in via phone. School board chairman Mason Henry called the meeting to order and asked if there were any amendments to the agenda board member Johnny Parker made a motion to accept the agenda, Del Brown seconded the motion and the vote was 6-0 in favor.

Henry then turned the floor over to Emanuel County Schools superintendent Scotty Hattaway for opening comments. Mr Hattaway reminded everyone that open house for all schools would be held on Monday August 1 and will run all afternoon. The kickoff for all employees and staff for the school year was held Tuesday at 8:30am in the Swainsboro High School auditorium. Wednesday, August 3rd will be the first day of school for students and superintendent Hattaway expressed excitement to have students back in the buildings around the county. He further stated that he appreciates all the hard work by the staff and faculties of each school for getting the building and classrooms ready for opening day.

Board member John Allen Bailey asked about the progress in the renovations of Swainsboro Elementary. Superintendent Hattaway stressed that although not all things will be completed by the first day of school, it is ready for students. The workers are completing punch lists and will be working through the weekend to complete those lists. Board chairman Henry then gave the invocation followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by board member Parker.

Discussion over the consent agenda was next and first was the FY 24 Twin City Elementary school capital outlay application. Henry explained that those applications have to be submitted two years in advance so the plan was to renovate Swainsboro Elementary, take the summer off, and then begin renovations of TCE. Henry recommended to the board to approve that application and asked for questions. He emphasized that $ 343,000 in state funds would be used for this project. The recommendation was approved.

Next on the agenda was an amendment to the calendar for graduation dates. Questions were raised as to why these changes were needed. Assistant superintendent Dr. Denise Warnock explained that ideally on the original dates, school would have ended around that same time as graduation and that a request was made from counselors that the date change would be beneficial to them by having the seniors available for practice and therefore maintain the integrity of the graduation exercise. There was no further questions or discussion and the change was approved. Swainsboro High graduation will be May 18, 2023 and ECI will be held May 19, 2023. Also added was the Juneteenth holiday.

The board then moved into executive session to discuss personal matters. After returning from executive session a motion was made to accept all recommendations for employment, the motion was seconded and unanimously approved. The meeting was then adjourned.

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