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Page 2C January 23, 2019 eR orter recognizes achievements and service at Monroe Co, Middle School Monroe County Middle School 8th grader Anna Woodgeard, left, won 1st place in the Annual Lion's Club Peace Poster contest for the county, district and state. She was recognized by the BOE on Jan. 8. She is pictured with Principal Dr. Efrem Yarber, Superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman and BOE Chair Nolen Howard. Monroe County Middle School 8th grader Gabriella Miller, center, has been chosen to serve on the State School Superintendents Advisory Board. Monroe County Middle School 8th grader Samantha Fussell, left, won 3rd place in creative writing at the State Jr. Beta Convention in Savannah on Nov. 30. This was the first time MCMS Jr. Beta Club has been able to travel to a convention in a while. (Photos/Diane Glidewell) At its Jan. 8 meeting Monroe County Board of Education recognized the Middle School Robotics Team, the StarWarriors, and its coach for winning the Grand Championship at Monroe County Middle School staff who have reached milestones in their years of service Middle Georgia State University Regional Competition on Dec. 15. The team has a bid to were recognized, awarded certificates and pins and thanked for their quality service at the Starbase Robins Super Regional competition in Warner Robins on Jan. 26. the Jan. 8 Board of Education meeting. Pictured are Annie Dyke (5 years), Hannah Gross- Pictured, left to right, are Coach Heather Wheeler, Principal Dr. Efrem Yarber, William man (5), LaKeisha Walker (5), Greta Beach (5), Cornell Walker (5), Terri Jones (10 years), Little, Camden Pippen, Christian Little, Dr. Mike Hickman, Ella Miller, Chloe Myers, Nolen Christina Rogers (10), Sherondah Strode (15 years), Mattie Hammond (15), Mary Cunning- Howard, Haven Mosley. Team members not pictured are Jerry Ochieng, Joey Foster, Luke ham (20 years). Not pictured is Laura Nelson (5 years). Cantrell, Madison Grier, Daniel Biek. BOE recognizes service, efforts above and beyond by Transportation employees Wes Brock has been a dedicated bus driver for Monroe County Schools for four years and began driving a special education bus this year. In September he observed a student who was having a difficult day and refused to get on another driver's bus to go home from K.B. Sutton Elementary. He took the initiative to talk with the student and in a very patient, caring way persuaded the student to get on the bus. A staff member who observed the interaction, emailed Trans- portation Director Jake Davis to praise Brock for the kindness he showed in reaching out to a student at a traumatic time and wisely de-escalating a tense situation. "Thank you for your kindness and for having a caring heart for our students," said Davis. Director of Transportation Jake Davis said Lead Bus Driver Jessica Knight began the lengthy and stringent process of earning her third party CDL Examiner's certification through the Georgia Department of Driver Services in October. Over three months she attended classes, studied and completed hands-on skills tests. She was one of eight out of 18 in her class who successfully completed the program. She can now conduct third- party CDL testing for the district. Monroe County Schools Transportation Department staff who have reached milestones in their years of service were recognized, awarded certificates and pins and thanked for their quality service at the Jan. 8 Board of Education meet- ing. Pictured are Megan Delucia (5 years), Emma Mullis (5 years), Connie White (10 years), Lori Hampshire (15 years), Tina Ivey (15 years), Leslie Hart (25 years), Katherine Hugely (25 years), Vernelle Carter (45 years). Not pictured are James Cobb (5 years), Sandra Howard (5), Melvin Jones (5), Lynne Melton (5), Roger Williams (5). (Photos/Diane Glidewell) Heating & A/C, Inc. We Service All Brands of Heating & Air Conditioning Units Serving Monroe County & Surrounding Areas for over 40 years Free Estimates Financing Available Jullette Rd. Forsyth, GA 478-994-6127 Ga.Reg.CU 40141g turn to the ex Howard will chair By Diane Glklewell In its first actions for the new year, Monroe County Board of Education re- elected Nolen Howard as chair and J.P. Evans as vice chair. The vote for both was five in favor and two ab- staining, with Howard and Evans each abstaining from voting for themselves and PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF FORSYTH ELECTION TO BE HELD NOVEMBER 5, 2019 The qualifying fees approved at the City's 1st meeting in January 2019 are as follows: Mayor fee: $375.00 Council fee: $301.35 The positions up for re-election this year are: Mayor held by Eric Wilson Council Post #1 held by John Howard Council Post #3 held by Melvin Lawrence Council Post #4 held by Greg Goolsby Qualifying dates will be August 26-30, 2019 October 7, 2019 is the last day for a person to register and be eligible to vote in the November General Election and Special Election Runoff. new board member Greg Head abstaining, saying he hasn't had the opportu- nity to work with the other board members, yet. The Jan. 8 BOE meeting was the first meeting for Head as a member of the board. Superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman said the board should consider a policy of electing its chair and vice chair every two years instead of every year. He suggested board members discuss the policy at their workshop on Saturday, Jan. 26, which is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Monroe County Educa- tion Center. He said the board will also discuss how school finances in to promote community involvement at the work session. "We are now the largest employer in the county;' said Hickman. "We need to talk about how we can spread our message about what we're doing;' The board went into dosed door session to dis- cuss personnel, safety and litigation, including board attorney Ben Vaughn and Assistant Superintendent Jackson Daniel in the meeting. Back in open session, the board re-appointed the law firm of Harbin, Hartley & Hawkins of Gainesville and Ben Vaughn of Forsyth to State of Georgia Monroe County Under and by virtueof O.C.G.A. 36-5-24 (b)2, notice is hereby given that the Monroe County Board of Commissioners will take action at the February 19, 2019 Board of Commissioners' Meeting, 38 W. Main Street, Forsyth, GA at 9:00 a.m. to consider increasing the compensation for the Board of Commissioner Chairman to $15,500 annually, and to increase the compensation for Commissioners to $15,000 annually to be effective January 1, 2021. All citizens of Monroe County are invited to attend. serve as its legal counsel, with Head abstaining for lack of experience and information and Doster ab- staining because of family relationship with Vaughn. Head asked if the board had ever looked at chang- ing attorneys. Doster said Monroe County Schools has used Harbin, Hartley & Hawkins since at least the 1980's. Hickman said Harbin, Hartley & Hawkins special- ize in education law, are used by many other school systems and are the rep- resentative of the Georgia School Board Associa- tion liability coverage that Monroe County Schools have. Vaughn has the local knowledge that the school system needs regarding local banks, attendance zones, local contracts, etc. In other BOE news: Director of Financial Services Chris Johnson told the board the financial situ- ation of the school system looks good and the budget is on track for where it should be this time of year. (The school system's fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30). He said the school system has received 91 percent of the revenue it projected for the year, including property taxes. Johnson said revenue is up about $800,000 from where it was this time last year. Expenses are also in line with the budget, although Monroe County Schools recently had a large bill for a semiannual installment on software. Property taxes for large utility companies were not due until Dec. 31. On Jan. 7 Monroe County Schools received a check from the tax office for $10.8 million to add to the $9.6 million it had already received. SPLOST money received goes to an investment pool where it draws about 2.8 percent interest until it is needed as allocated. $4,080,000 in SPLOST revenue is budgeted for the year. Board member Smart Pippin and Hickman are reviewing a State Senate See BOE Page 8C i ! t t