Chickamauga Schools Superintendent Melody Stansell, during a Chickamauga school board’s meeting Monday, read a letter from Ida Love, deputy superintendent with the Georgia Department of Education’s Office of Curriculum and Instruction.
“Increasing the regular education diploma rate for students with disabilities is one of the state performance goals for students with disabilities, and your district’s performance in this area is highly commendable,” Stansell read.
The letter went on to say that Chickamauga schools are exemplary in a number of areas: increasing the percentage of students with disabilities who earn a regular education diploma; improving the performance of students with disabilities on statewide achievement tests; increasing the percentage of time students are served in the regular education setting; increasing the percentage of highly qualified personnel who teach students with disabilities; and increasing the percentage of students with disabilities who transition to their desired post-school outcome.
Stacy McDaniel was presented a certificate of recognition for her hard work in helping students with disabilities in the Chickamauga school system.
The Chickamauga Board of Education is scheduled to hold its next regular monthly meeting on Feb. 9 at 5:15 p.m. at the central office in Chickamauga.
In other business Monday:
* Nominations for chairman and vice chairman were made. Corky Jewell will remain chairman, while Grant Parrish will remain vice chairman. Committees are: Parrish and Jim Powell on technology; Don Littleton and Billy N. Ellis on building/grounds/facilities and personnel.
* “Governor Sonny Perdue’s visit to the school (last week) went well and I would like to commend the school system for good behavior,” Jewell said.
* The school board approved all meetings for 2004 to be the second Monday each month at 5:15 p.m., except in July due to vacation time.
* The board approved Chickamauga Recreation’s request to use facilities such as the middle school gymnasium.
* The board agreed to let high school students participating in the High Schools That Work assessment test take a trip to CiCi’s restaurant. “It is a bi-annual test and it helps us to know student progress to plan from that,” Stansell said. “It is a program through the vocational department, getting them ready for the workforce.” The board also approved an educational field trip for Gordon Lee Middle School eighth-graders to Charlotte, N.C., in March.
* Former finance director Jo Brock, who recently retired, submitted an audit for July 1, 2001, through June 30, 2002, and another audit for July 1, 2002, through June 30, 2003, for all three schools. “She did an excellent job for the school system and was a dedicated employee,” Jewell said of Brock.
* The school board approved Georgia Education Cooperative. “It does not cost us anything. We can purchase all, part or none,” Stansell said. “We would have access to more vendors and an array of different products.” Jewell explained that it is a consortium to help purchase on the economy’s scale