The Charlton County Board of Education (BOE) held its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, January 21.

During the meeting, Chairman Matthew Sands and Vice Chairman Curt Nixon were reappointed to their positions for the year of 2020.

Also during the meeting, Superintendent Dr. John Lairsey made the recommendation to approve overnight field trips for the Charlton County High School (CCHS) FFA State Livestock Show scheduled for February 19-22 in Perry, as well as FFA day at the capital February 17-18 in Atlanta; the CCHS Wrestling Traditional State Tournament, February 13-15 in Macon; the CCHS Wrestling Duals State Tournament, January 16-18 in Macon; CCHS Wrestling Sectionals, February 7-8, in Locust Grove; the CCHS First Tech Challenge Robotics District League Competition, January 10-11, in Athens and Watkinsville; and the CCHS symphonic band, February 6-8, in St. Simons Island. The trips were approved unanimously.

The use of a school bus for the Charlton County 4-H Club on March 14 for the Cloverleaf District Project Achievement in Alma was unanimously approved. 

The board unanimously approved the Five-Year Facilities Resolution, stating the Georgia Department of Education commends the maintenance and organization of the facility program of the Charlton County Schools. The plan is eligible for an estimated $2,593271.00 in renovation and modification funds, as well as $10,099,766.00 for modernization, and $5,921069.00 for the construction of a new high school. The resolution also states “It is the intent of the Board of Education and administration staff to propose that the citizens of Charlton County be provided the opportunity to approve an ESPLOST in March 2022 to provide funding for the construction of a new high school. Prior to the vote, all related information will be provided including how eligibility for state funding will affect the timing of the actual construction”.

A list of surplus property was officially declared, listing 30 filing cabinets, five teacher desks, 14 tables, 65 chairs (adult and student size), 10 book shelves (metal and wooden), EZGO electric golf cart with charger (operational), singleton basket lift (non-operational), three-phase wood planner (operational), steel concrete formboards, concrete pavers (12”x12”), kitchen appliances (mostly stainless steel milk-boxes and oven – nonoperational), seven cafeteria fold-up tables (on wheels).   

Board members entered executive session, and no action was taken.

Jessica Harrison was hired for the position of school food service assistant and Amber Kirkpatrick was transferred from substitute bus driver to bus driver. A motion was made and approved unanimously.

In other news, the board approved the 2020-2021 school year calendar and approved the 2020 BOE meeting dates.

The board will meet again Tuesday, February 18 at 7:00 p.m.