The Charlton County Board of Education met Tuesday, July 20.

  During the meeting, Superintendent Dr. Brent Tilley alerted the board that St. George Elementary School (SGES), Folkston Elementary School (FES), and Bethune Middle School (BMS) have been identified by the Georgia Department of Education as a Title I Rewards School for 2020-2021. 

Dr. Tilley explained, “A Title I Reward School is a Title I school among the 5-percent of Title I schools in the state that is making the most progress in improving the performance of the all-students group over the most recent two years on the statewide assessments.  A school may not be classified as a Title I Reward School if it is also identified as a Targeted School of Improvement (TSI), a Comprehensive School of Improvement (CSI) or a Promise/Turn-around School.”

Also during the meeting, Dr. Tilley updated the board presented the financial report. He stated the fiscal year ended June 30 and 98 percent of the total budgeted revenues have been received. A total of 81 percent of budgeted expenditures have been spent. The year ended with a healthy amount, leaving the board in good shape.

Dr. Tilley also reminded the board of Open House Thursday, August 5. St. George Elementary School (SGES) will be open from 5:00-7:00 p.m.; Folkston Elementary (FES) and Bethune Middle (BMS) will be open 6:00-8:00 p.m. and Charlton County High School (CCHS) will be open 7:00-9:00 p.m. This is an opportunity for students to meet his or her teacher before the school year begins Monday, August 9. He also alerted the board about the “Meet the Tribe” event, which will consist of a short inter-squad softball exhibition, a short inter-squad football exhibition and a snippet of the Band of Pride’s fall performance. The Okefenokee Chamber of Commerce is arranging the August Food Truck Friday to be held during the event in the parking lot of Champ Bailey. The cost is $5.00 at the gate and will get visitors in for both exhibitions.

The GMAS Achievement Data was received, which showed the third grade English and Language Arts scores were above average, but there is room for improvement in other grades. Dr. Tilley said it is important to celebrate the good thing, but also realize there are others who may need some extra help.

Requests for use of a facility as well as a field trip were received. Jesse Crews requested the use of facility for a ’70s decade class reunion in the CCHS gym and cafeteria Friday, October 2. There is an away game that week, so the board unanimously approved the request. The CCHS girls’ softball team submitted a field trip request for a tournament in Cordelle August 20. The request was approved unanimously.

The board voted to approve the renewal of Auto Owners Fleet Insurance for coverage of the school buses. There has been an addition of four brand new buses. There are four buses that do not work and need to be hauled away. The rate was increased to $39,345.77 due to the premium on the new buses. The insurance was unanimously approved. 

The reading of the GARHB Policy: Paid Parental Leave was done. The policy is the outcome of a new Georgia code. This will add to the policy currently in place. This will allow employees to receive 220 paid hours for maternity leave, leave for those with spouses giving birth, adoption or foster care. The draft was approved.

The second reading of the IDE policy: Competitive Interscholastic Athletics was held as well. This will allow home-study students to participate in sports for grades sixth through 12th. It was approved unanimously.

The 2021-2022 handbooks were approved.

The board entered into executive session at 7:22 p.m. to discuss personnel, cyber protection and potential litigation, and exited at 7:42. No action was taken.

The board approved the following employment changes: Bus drivers, Kim Marie Theide and Jennifer Weaver (sub); Community Coach, Nicholas Blake Taylor; BMS Speech/Language Pathology: Raletta Davis; Retirement: Victoria Sites and Shaula Fulendorf; Leave of Absence, Meagan Schwing; Transfer, Katie Strickland to CCHS Registrar.

The board will meet again Tuesday, August 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the BOE meeting room.