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School Board Meeting Highlights

Released at 10:08 am on Friday, August 12, 2022

Kerri Klatt Editor-in-Chief

The Crisp County Board of Education held a meeting on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at 5:30 Cordell street. The agenda includes the following items:

A 4.5% property tax cut was discussed and advertised and proposed mileage rates were reduced to reflect it. The Board will meet on Thursday, August 19, 2022 to hear public comment and approve the mileage rate reductions. School Board Chair Scott Forehand has proposed reinstating the tax-free lunch requirement for teachers from kindergarten through her fifth grade. In 2020, the administration asked the Georgia Department of Education to waive that law.

Other agenda items include revising the incentive structure for GHSA sports and activity coaches to even out coaching success in low-profile sports such as track, wrestling, golf, JROTC and art competitions. It was This incentive will be discussed further at his BOE meeting in September.

New agricultural facilities were discussed to support the system’s vocational programs. The board sought more input from Ken Little and agricultural vocational teachers before the board makes a decision. Evaluation. GAPSC, the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, reviews measures to prevent inappropriate staff-student relationships, and GEMA, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, reviews efforts to prevent violence and intrusions in schools Chair Forehand said the benefits and value of these assessments should also be completed by non-governmental stakeholders.

The school board authorized the donation of several items, such as desks, computers, and shelves, to local law enforcement agencies, Lawson, Reed, and Dean’s Cordille Law, led by attorneys Hayden Fuchs and Doug Dean. Approved a non-exclusive contract with the firm. , providing legal counsel as needed.

The School Board’s upcoming capital projects include: Bidding to complete the middle school’s outdoor facilities will open on Thursday, August 19, 2022. High school gymnasium seat replacement will begin in August. The architect expects the old middle school site in his Pecan Street and 24th Street plans to be completed by mid-September so that the board can approve these plans in October. High school softball fields, tennis courts, soccer field parking lots, bathrooms, and athlete changing room projects should be ready for tender in October. The next school board meeting will be held on the second Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 5:30 pm.