Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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February 16, 2013

BOE holds February meeting

AMERICUS — “A thriving community needs a thriving public school system,” said Sumter Schools Superintendent Donnie Smith during his report at the start of Thursday’s meeting of the Sumter County Board of Education. He asked that community members, the school system and Board members all work together in strengthening the system. “We’ve got to work together,” Smith said.

Under new business, the Board took a step toward meeting the required action addressing a redistricting plan set forth by their SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) accreditation probation status. Board Chair Edith Ann Green presented a draft of a redistricting plan that she, herself had drawn up. She asked that Board members make additions or necessary changes or corrections.

A voted passed to reimburse members for Board development opportunities offered by the Georgia School Board Association, (GSBA). The Board voted 4-0,  with three abstentions from Board members Mike Mock, Meda Krenson and Mike Busman, to reimburse the Superintendent and Board members to attend.

Also under new business, Krenson shared information about how the state budget will affect the school system. She said due to confusion on the federal level, the state Legislature may not be able to complete its budget in a timely manner. A special session may be held or a preliminary budget may be passed and then amended, but she said the Board and district should be aware that legislators say teachers’ contracts will be a “problem” due to funding uncertainties.

She said the other big topic was guns in schools. She said legislation will be proposed that would give school Boards the authority to designate administrators who would be armed in schools. She said there’s a lot of discussion about requiring administrators to carry guns if they did not want to. She said that and other issues lead some to believe that there may be too many problems with the proposed legislation to pass this year.

Other items on Thursday’s agenda include:

• The financial report, accounts payables and preliminary cash flow reports were all approved.

• A whole Board training at 6 p.m. Tuesday. A conflict resolution/mediation session will be held 5 p.m. Feb. 25.

• An energy education mutual release was approved.

• The 2013-14 school calendar was approved.

• Board member Kelvin Pless was appointed the delegate to the GSBA Summer Conference and Michael Lewis as the alternate.

• The Board voted to rescind the supplement for special education teachers.

• The Board voted to reimburse members attending the GSBA Summer Conference.

• March 4 was set as the retreat date.

• Two retirements and five resignations, six new hires and one family medical leave and one administrative leave with pay were approved in the personnel report.

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