The Candler County Board of Education monthly meeting on July 16 started with a bittersweet recognition from Superintendent Dr. Bubba Longgrear.
The board expressed their farewells to long-time board member Rhonda Hendrix, District Seat 5, as she tendered her resignation effective following the meeting. Hendrix, who has served on the board for 15 years, will be moving out of her district.
Members offered their good luck wishes and offered her a parting gift of two shade trees for her new home’s yard.
Directing his comments to Hendrix, Dr. Longgrear said on behalf of the board, “You’ve provided a strong, firm presence. Throughout the 15 years, you’ve been a source of comfort for the staff, and you always were that strong presence with that humble and elegant manner that you’ve always exemplified.”
He continued, “We’re going to miss you. The school district is going to miss you, and the students are going to miss you. I honestly believe that students in years to come are going to benefit from the leadership that you’ve been a part of.”
Following the recognition, the board approved both the General Fund and School Nutrition Program financial reports. As it moved on to action items, the June board minutes were approved, and one fundraiser was approved.
Salary schedules were discussed and subsequently approved by the board. The 2021-2022 school calendar was also approved.
Before the meeting came to a close, Dr. Longgrear gave his superintendent’s comments in which he discussed some of the strategies they plan to make use of as school begins again.
Currently, the school leadership has been in conferences with parents and students who have chosen to learn from home.
In addition to the conferences, there will be training and videos on the website. Dr. CaDeisha Cooper and her team will be providing in-person training to the parents who are choosing the learning from home model. That training will take place between August 3 and 17.
In regards to face-to-face learning, school leadership has been evaluating the ins-and-outs of the entire schedule of the average school day--starting when students get on the bus and ending when they get off the bus in the afternoon.
In addition to social distancing, the school district will be focusing on preventative hygiene and cleanliness maintenance, and leadership will be continuing to research methods to keep students, staff, and teachers safe.
In other business:
• The following personnel were considered for employment for FY 2021: Mary Rich, part-time custodian substitute; Lakisha Dekle, MES paraprofessional; Hannah Medlock, MES paraprofessional; Tiffany Kreiser, Mayona Lanier, Denine Pierce, ; Adrian Snyder, Pamela VanBlarcom and Johnathan Waters, part-time School Food Services substitutes.
• Personnel resignations/terminations/retirements were accepted from Shonte Collins, Tawanya Eason, Leronzo Gadson, Ikea Jenkins and Bobby McNear, part-time Custodians.
• The following personnel actions were approved: Shanta Ellis, transferred from bus monitor to paraprofessional; Lisa Longgrear, transferred from part-time position to full-time position; Ivory Perkins, transferred from school food services to custodian.