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Emanuel County BOE holds March meeting, hears update concerning vaccination plans

The Emanuel County Board of Education held its monthly meeting last Tuesday, March 11, at 5:30 p.m. at Emanuel County Institute.

During the meeting, as part of Board Member Appreciation Week, the seven local servants were recognized for their contributions as board members. Superintendent Dr. Kevin Judy thanked Mason Henry, Johnny Parker, John Allen Bailey, Del Brown, Phyllis Dixon, Tanya Lane, and Sandra Swinney for their service to the community and for the local BOE wanting to help serve what they feel is an important part of this community—the education of our students.

A more in-depth look at Board Member Appreciation Week can be found above in this edition of The Crossroads Chronicle.

Dr. Judy also thanked the administrative team at ECI for hosting the meeting and for the phenomenal job they have done this year to keep both students and staff safe while simultaneously keeping the focus of academics at the forefront.

The superintendent also stated in his comment period that Governor Brian Kemp had approved for educators to be part of the COVID-19 vaccination plan.

The BOE has been steadily working with both East Georgia Healthcare Center and the Emanuel County Health Department over the last few weeks to get these vaccines. Mass vaccination of staff began last Friday, March 12, with some 160 employees signed up to participate as of the meeting last week.

The health department, Dr. Judy added, would be giving the vaccinations inside the new gymnasium in Twin City while EGHC would vaccinate individuals inside the cafeteria at Swainsboro Middle School.

Second shots are scheduled to be administered Friday, April 16.

Closing his comment period, Dr. Judy reminded all in attendance about this year’s spring break, scheduled for April 5-9, as well as a budget meeting on Tuesday, March 23, at 5:30 p.m. at the Central Office.

The board entered executive session and returned to open session, at which point the governing body of Emanuel County Schools approved the following:

• Certified employment — teacher Precious Swinney.

• Classified employments — Deanna Clark and Janie Trull, school food service (SFS) substitutes; substitute teacher Misty McKenzie; and bus driver Carla Lamb.

• Certified resignations — teachers Michelle Beauprez and Amanda Reynolds.

• Classified resignations — Angel Oliver and Ela Machado, paraprofessionals, and custodian Geraldine Rountree.

• Classified retirements — Linda Childs and Karen Jan Brantley, paraprofessionals, and clerk Bonnie Bullock.

In other news, the board approved the consent agenda, which included minutes from the board’s February 9 meeting, financial reports, a 5-year facility plan request, and classified local service discussion.

Chairman Henry called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Vice Chairman Parker delivered the invocation.

The board will next meet April 13 at 5:30 p.m.

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