Valdosta Daily Times

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March 26, 2013

City BOE honors student winners

Class size waiver renewal, superintendent’s goals discussed

VALDOSTA — The Valdosta Board of Education spent Monday evening at the Valdosta Early College Academy to listen to reports, celebrate the achievements of student competition winners and take action on two items.

The meeting opened with an announcement by VECA Principal Ingrid Hall that it was National Early College Week, and she spoke on behalf of VECA that the school was proud to be part of the 240 early college schools across the nation.

The winners of the State Literary Competition held at Northside High School in Warner Robins Saturday were announced at the meeting. Lorna Chitty won fourth place in Girl’s Extemporaneous Speaking, Hannah Findlay won second place in Girl’s Dramatic Interpretation and Hunter Pope was the Region Winner in Girl’s Solo.

The Valdosta High School Boy’s Quartet won the state championship at the competition, and performed for the school board and those in attendance. The singers, Dexter Sharper II, Josh Sharper, Dylan Sharper and Antonio Hall, were given a standing ovation and congratulations for their performance.

Director of Facilities Kaci Nobles presented the Facilities Committee report, during which she announced plans

 to select an architect for a new athletic field, cleaning the roof and other items at VHS and a land survey for a new high school. She also presented two low bids for electrical and data upgrades for Southeast Elementary.

Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Scarlet Brown announced that a resolution to allow classes to exceed their usual size will need to be renewed. The issue is coming into its fourth year and must be re-applied for.

“We are working diligently to make sure we don’t overfill classes,” Brown said. “But If we have one or two students over the maximum, this allows for flexibility in those programs.”

Board Chair Trey Sherwood expressed he would like to address the re-application for the waiver as an action item at the next BOE meeting.

The Superintendent’s Goals, the list of focus items the board prioritizes for the superintendent each year, was an item of contention between Board Members Warren Lee and Bill Love, who presented it. Lee felt the goals should be discussed in a work session, while Love preferred to send the board a written draft via email.

In either case, the list will be addressed after Spring Break April 1 to 5, and possibly at the Board Retreat April 26, according to Sherwood.

The Board unanimously approved the low bid for a new serving line at VECA in the amount of $18,972.62, and unanimously agreed to terminate contracts with Ombudsman for alternative school programs.

“Due to the timeliness of the decision, this had to be decided tonight,” Superintendent Marty Roesch said. “We have to notify Ombudsman by March 30.”

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