Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes

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The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer
Monday, December 17, 2018 – 5:00 PM
Central Office


The meeting was called to order by Doug Cottrill, President, at 5:00 pm. Members present: R.W. Minigh, Tammy Stewart, Dave Ramezan, Devin Shackleford and Secretary, Patricia A. Lowther.

Others present: Warren Chesser, Toni Bishop, and Myra Miller.


Dave Ramezan led the Pledge of Allegiance.




Minutes: The minutes of the November 26, 2018 were approved on a motion by Dave Ramezan and seconded by R.W, Minigh. Motion passed 5-0.


There were no student transfers.


There were no out-of-state field trips.


Volunteers were approved on a motion by R.W. Minigh seconded by Tammy Stewart. Motion passed 5-0.


Mr. Chesser appeared before the board and gave financial information. The report was approved on a motion by Doug Cottrill, seconded by Tammy Stewart. Motion passed 5-0.


Approval for one Out-of-state professional leave request was delayed on a motion by Dave Ramezan and seconded by R.W. Minigh. The Board is requesting a presentation by the employees prior to the decision on the trip. Motion passed 5-0.


Mrs. Bishop reported about the activities that had taken place at Gilmer County Elementary School concerning the Glenville State basketball game the 3-6th graders attended. She also informed the board about the 5/6 graders singing the National Anthem at the game. The Board wanted to commend them on their performance. She reported that they are still working on math fluencies and reporting data out on PLC meetings.




Approval of Current Personnel to Receive Prior Service Credit-The Superintendent recommended that the board remove this item from the agenda based on legal advice until all time can be verified and policy updated. Motion by Tammy Stewart made a motion to withdraw the item, based on the Superintendent’s recommendation, and Doug Cottrill seconded. Motion passed 5-0.



The following was approved on a motion by Tammy Stewart, seconded by Devin Shackleford, 5-0:

Haley Wolff and Andrew Butcher, Substitute Teachers, GC Schools, 2018-2019

Tammy Stewart moved to approve the extracurricular portion of the agenda, seconded by Devin Shackleford. 4-0. R.W. Minigh noted he did not vote due to Hannah Moore being his granddaughter.

Julie Perrin, Resignation, After-School Tutor, GCES, eff. 12.21.18

Hannah Moore, Michaela Gumm & Elania Rhoades, Elem. Basketball Coaches, GCES, 2018-2019


Work Exploration Coach, GCHS, Funded by Special Ed.

Approved on a motion by Tammy Stwart, seconded by Devin Shackleford. Motion passed 5-0.


Mrs. Lowther shared with the board that she was releasing employees with contracts over 200 days for an extended holiday. She presented a list of the new fees from Glenville State College for the facility usage. She also shared a new personalized learning pilot that will be used with the second graders at Gilmer County Elementary School. Lastly, she informed members that Gilmer County Schools did not receive any SBA funds for this year.


Tammy Stewart would like to have a safety meeting scheduled in the near future.


The meeting was adjourned at 6:12 p.m. on a motion by Tammy Stewart seconded by R.W. Minigh. Motion passed 5-0.

There is some issues going on at GCHS. I’m starting here in Hope’s that it will be addressed and corrected.  The secretary was rude when I turned in medicine for my son to be taken on a daily basis. Nor is it her business why he takes it, or how often. Anyway, is she certified in giving meds out.  I thought that the school employed a nurse. Maybe she should answer the phone or should I say message on her cell. She had no idea how many I handed in she didnt count them. Talks about her co workers. Then she gets upset nobody talks to her. She is 2 face. Talking about them is very unprofessional.
I hope this is taken care of or my next step is to the state department. Your choice

Comment by Tammy white  on  02.11.2019

It was brought to my attention there was an article published in the Gilmer Free Press under Reader’s Comments dated 2-11-19.
This was written by Tammy White which many think it was me (Tammy Foster).  Twenty years (or more) “White” was my last name.
My son does take daily medication at the high school (which somehow this is quite a coincidence).  I want to clarify that I DID NOT write that article!
Now that I have straighten this out….. please read what I have say about this situation at Gilmer County High School:
The secretary or secretaries that were mentioned have never been rude to me or my son in person or by phone.  It is actually the opposite!  They are kind, caring, professional and thorough with distributing my son’s meds.
Not only do they make sure he gets the correct dosage daily but they keep a close inventory on the meds and call me when I need to restock them.
It broke my heart to read the negative article written last week and I was appalled my (old) name was on it.
My son and I trust and depend on these wonderful ladies.  We would like to take this opportunity to THANK them for taking excellent responsibility and care of our child and other students.

Comment by Tammy Foster (not White)  on  02.13.2019
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