Board of Education holds first meeting of the year


The Emanuel County Board of Education met on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. at the Twin City Elementary School media center for the swearing in of newly elected board member, Cherie Hooks, and re-elected board members Tanya Lane, Sandra Swinney, and Johnny Parker. The monthly regular meeting then started in the cafeteria at 5:30 p.m. with the following members in attendance: John Allen Bailey, Del Brown, Mason Henry, Cherie Hooks, Tanya Lane, Johnny Parker, and Sandra Swinney. Superintendent Scotty Hattaway welcomed everyone calling the meeting to order and facilitated the election of Board Chair. Mason Henry was elected board chair for the next 2-year term. He then facilitated the election of Vice Chair. Mr. Johnny Parker was elected vice chair to serve the next 2-year term also. Del Brown delivered the invocation followed by Johnny Parker leading the Pledge of Allegiance. The agenda was approved as presented.

The following recipients were recognized by Ms. Tammy Gray for November’s S.A.S award and December’s F.A.M.I.L.Y., P.A.U.S.E. and S.A.S. awards:

November 2022 – S.A.S. - Sharon Hodges – Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent

December 2022 - F.A.M.I.L.Y. - Megan Simmons – 7th Grade Math Teacher at ECI

December 2022 - P.A.U.S.E. - Morgan Green – Senior at Swainsboro High

December 2022 - S.A.S. - Natalia Carter – Sp. Ed. Parapro at Swainsboro Middle

Dr. Denise Warnock recognized the following nominees for the Governor’s Honors District: SHS - Jayden Beneteau – Science – Biology/Environmental Science, SHS – Sadie Boulineau – Mathematics, ECI – James Wallace Kersey – Music – Brass: Trombone, ECI – Emma Lai Tyan – Social Studies, ECI – Jacob Q. McBride – Science - Physics

Mollie Smith presented the FY24 Budget Timeline and Millage Hearing.

Jansen Ware discussed GADOT Detour.

Chandra Hooks presented the Nutrition Spending Down Plan.

The Board approved the consent agenda as follows from the minutes of the December 13, 2022, regular board meeting:

•Financial Reports – Mollie Smith

•Spring Fundraisers

•Approve Twin City Property Purchase

•Approve Summertown Property Quit Claim Deed

•Grant Submission and Annual Fees for Vape Sensors

•Approval of Retainer for Board Attorney – Jerry Cadle

•Approval of 2023-2024 Academic Calendar

In executive session, the Board approved the employment of the following classified employees: Madison Meadows – Parapro – Pre-K - 1/11/23 - NCIC Incomplete; Melody Smith – Custodian – TCE - 1/4/23 - NCIC Complete; Trey Somerville – Parapro – SMS - 1/11/23 - NCIC Complete; Manda Sutton - SFS – SPS - 1/9/23 - NCIC Complete

In executive session, the Board approved the resignation of the following certified employee: Hillery Culpepper - Region AG - 2/24/23

In executive session, the Board approved the resignation of the following classified employee: Carla Lamb - Bus Driver - 12/20/22

In executive session, the Board approved the transfer of the following certified employee: Krista Hostilo - Media Specialist - SES - SPS - 1/17/23


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