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College & Career Academy groundbreaking is Tuesday

By Sherri Ellington Rain or shine, the ceremonial groundbreaking of the new Lamar County College and Career Academy building at the high school will take place at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, with refreshments provided by Parrish Construction. The work will be put on the fast track. Plans have been approved by the state and the board of education accepted a bid of $3,557,878 for the work. The bids came in two weeks before the state approval of plans was received. The money for the new building and revision of the old will come from a state grant and Quality Zone Academy Bond funds. Money will be left over to refurbish some classrooms. ’The design costs are as much for the front of the building as the rear,’ said superintendent Dr. Bill Truby at the Feb. 12 meeting. ‘It’s not the Taj Mahal but it’s going to look spectacular. It’ll be a nice addition to our school campus and the community.’ The board also: ’¢ Approved one field trip, two flyer distributions and 18 fundraisers and the resignations of teachers Kevin Spell and Elizabeth Graham. ’¢ Set the board retreat for March 8-9. Discussions will include accreditation, department head and school council meetings, the LCCCA and a visit to the March 9 performance of ‘The Dixie Swim Club’ at the Fine Arts Center. ’¢ Approved the retirements of teachers Jane Mitchell, Lenora Stephens and Evelyn King and paraprofessional Teresa Lowe. ’¢ Heard the school calendar for the 2013-14 year is still incomplete. Superintendent Dr. Bill Truby is working with nearby school systems to get the calendars as close to each other as possible. The superintendents are hoping to save money and possibly add evening classes. Going to a 160 day school year is also under tentative discussion. ’¢ Changed the July meeting date back to the second Tuesday, July 9, due to a change in an annual conference. ’¢ Heard the Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax revenue check for the month was $152,000 and the Barnesville- Lamar County Community Fund account has some $62,000 to provide mini grants to teachers. ’¢ Discussed state legislative issues pertaining to education. For one thing, a resolution to allow the Booker High School Alumni to restore the building, which now houses the Lamar County Activity Center, is in legislation to be voted on. ’¢ Heard the 2013-14 preliminary budget is still in the works and is about $750,000 out of balance. Projections are the fund balance will be affected and there most likely will be furlough days. ’¢ Received a final four Trojan football plaque to place in the trophy case and gifts from Laura Beaber of the American Cancer Society for having 100% participation in the 2012 Relay for Life fundraiser. ’¢ Heard 78% of students are in the free or reduced lunch program. ’¢ Named Ron Smith the delegate and Horace Hightower the alternate for the Georgia School Board Association assembly in June. ’¢ Honored members of the All-State Chorus. ’¢ Called a closed session to discuss personnel.

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