The Charlton County Board of Education held a regularly scheduled meeting, Tuesday, August 20. 

During the meeting, Superintendent Dr. John Lairsey announced the attendance for the first and second days of school. On the first day, 1,562 students took their places in the schools, which was 12 less than last year. On the second day, 1,557 students were in attendance. Dr. Lairsey stated the numbers are comparable to those of last year.

Also during the meeting, the board approved the use of the high school auditorium for a Zumbathon, held by Debbe Arwood, Joy Campbell, and Barbie Dinkins, to raise money for Charlton County’s Called to Care Program. The program assists with providing needed items to children and families in the area. The board also approved the use of the CCHS practice and game field for the Glover Brothers football team for practices and hosting games.

Board members discussed the use of the Help a Child Smile Program for grade fourth - 12th. The program is much like the Teledentistry program currently being used, however Help a Child Smile can extend to filings, simple extractions, crowns, and more. The board approved the Memorandum of Understanding, and also approved the continuing of the Teledentistry program for students in Kindergarten through third grades.

A motion was made to purchase two new buses, one diesel and one which runs on regular fuel. The motion passed unanimously. Members also approved the purchase of an ID Badge Printer, bundled with the software, and camera. The Board of Education received a grant to update school safety, which cover the expenses for the new badge bundle.

The purchase of new playground equipment was approved through GameTime to be installed at Bethune Middle School. The cost for the equipment is covered through the SPLOST budget.

During the meeting, members approved the Local Board Training Plan for the year, renewed the Memorandum of Understanding for the Influenza Vaccine Clinic Program; the 2019-2020  fundraising list; renewed the Contractual Tutoring Services with Amanda Jackson; approved the CTAE Budget for the Perkins IV Program Improvement; and approved the last reading of the 2019-2020 Employee Tobacco Use Policy.

Members of the board accepted the resignation of Laurie Canaday, (Board Member John Canaday abstained from the vote) and Board Member Pender Lloyd made the motion to hire Jeffrey Schwing as the Criminal Justice instructor. The motion was seconded by Canaday, and passed unanimously. The board did go into executive session, but no action was taken.