School Board Hears Presentation From She’s D.O.P.E

On Thursday, April 20 the School Board here in Troup County held their regularly scheduled meetings, a meeting that would approve many different pieces of business that are ongoing around the County. Before the meeting officially began that night, there were recognition of many distinguished students, including the salutatorians and valedictorians from each of the three high schools. After the recognitions were over, the meeting was officially underway.

There were two lengthy information items that night, the first being from “She’s DOPE” (Determined, Overachiever, Public Servant, Empowering Women). The group was formed by Nechelle Wimbush, a teacher at Troup High School.

Wimbush’s girls work throughout the year on various community projects and go through monthly workshops that focus on many different topics. To date, these eight young women have over 1,600 combined hours of community service, a group GPA of 3.8, 78 college acceptances, and over $2.8 million in scholarship offers.

JoBeth Lanier also gave a presentation that night on the current improvements in disciplinary data from around the schools. This was a very deep, rich program with statistical breakdowns of discipline in the schools, the different things that students get in trouble for, and some of the reasons they might have for getting into said trouble. The overall message was that the behavioral issues in our schools are getting better, with a decrease in referrals across the school system. There is always more work to be done but we are certainly moving in the right direction.

There were several motions carried under the consent agenda for that night, those including the approval of Boar Policy IHE- Promotion and Retention, approval of out of state interscholastic activities, the consideration of a resolution to request an extension of the current 5year facilities plan, and approval of the summer feeding program. The board also decided on Monday, June 5 to hold their board governance training and also approved all of the changes in the human resource matters.

Under the financial report, there were many items that were accepted and passed by the school board. These included the acceptance of the monthly financial report, the purchase of TCCHS band uniforms, the scheduling of the public hearings on the tentative budget (May 8th and May 15th at 5:30), and the replacement of the scoreboard at Callaway Stadium.

Under the operation report, Cliff Radcliffe started this section of the agenda by giving an update on all of the various projects that have been funded by E-SPLOST IV. He went through a list of all the projects, stating that to date, E-SPLOST IV has collected $50,923,330.68. After this information, there were several other items approved, including the approval of the CMR (construction manager at risk) for GNMS renovations, surveillance and access control upgrades, fuel purchases for the FY18 (around 1.25 million), bus, truck & auto tire purchases for FY18, and approval of the equipment/ furniture purchases.

Jeremy Andrews Staff Writer