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Gilmer County Board of Education Meeting Minutes

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The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer
Monday, August 28, 2017 – 6:00 PM
Central Office


The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by President, R.W. Minigh. 


Members present: R.W. Minigh, Norma Hurley, David Ramezan, Mike Triplett and Patricia Lowther, Secretary.  Carl Armour was absent. Others present: Dan Minney, Joe Frashure, Alden Butcher and Becky Minigh.


R.W. Minigh led the Pledge of Allegiance.




Norma Hurley moved that the Minutes of August 14, 2017 be approved.  Mike Triplett seconded the motion. Motion passed 4-0.  Student Transfers were approved on a motion by Dave Ramezan and a second by R.W. Minigh, 4-0.

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None. After discussion and questions, the Treasurer’s Report was approved on a motion by Norma Hurley and a second by Mike Triplett, 4-0.  Dave Ramezan made a motion that the board obtain City Construction to complete the canopy work on the Gilmer County Elementary School’s playground.  The project will be funded by the $5000 credit received from Play & Park Structure.  Motion was seconded by Norma Hurley and passed 4-0.


Norma Hurley attended the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center meeting in Mr. Armour’s absence. She reported on personnel, OSHA and Safety training which is new this year. She also informed the board that there was a new class this year; Pet Grooming which included Animal Science She informed the board that there was a possibility that the funding that was lost at the career center was going to be recouped. Norma Hurley then reported on the RESA 7 meeting that she attended along with Superintendent Lowther on August 24, 2017.  She gave information on whether the final outcome of RESA 7 would be a ECS or Co-Op which, at this time, is undecided.


Mr. Frashure introduced Mr. Alden Butcher of Kaufman Realty & Auctions which the board employed for the purpose of selling the personal and real property of Troy and Sand Fork Elementary Schools.  Mr. Kaufman proposed two options to the board which included, Option A: an on-site auction to dispose of property and Option B: an online auction in which interested parties would log on and bid on items for a period of 30 days.  He recommended Option B which he said in his experience would net a larger profit and would cost the board less money.  He explained advertising, seller’s fee and buyer’s premium.  He also explained that he would provide two individuals at a cost of $12.50 per hour to the board to catalog all items and estimated that this would take two days.  He also stated that there would be no ‘up front’ costs to the board and all fees would be taken out of proceeds at closing. At this time, a motion to go with Option B was made by R.W. Minigh with a second from Dave Ramezan.  Motion passed 4-0.


Proposed Copier Lease- Mrs. Lowther informed the board that the copiers were needing replaced due to the age and continuous repairs needed.  After discussion, Norma Hurley moved that we enter into a new lease agreement with Hart Office Solutions per the Superintendent’s recommendation.  Motion was seconded by Dave Ramezan and passed 4-0.


Mike Triplett moved to approve the Personnel Agenda as presented by the Superintendent.  R.W. Minigh seconded.  Motion passed 4-0 to employ the following individuals: Nancy Sampson and Kimberly Smith, Substitute Teachers for 2017-2018. Samantha Baringer, Amanda Jenkins & Todd Pounds,  Substitute Cooks for 2017-2018. Mike Allison, Substitute Custodian, 2017-2018. Sean Hunt, Auxiliary Cross Country Coach, GCHS, 2017-2018. Mary B. Sauer, Resignation, Mini Titan Cheerleading Coach, GCHS.


The Superintendent distributed a list of new phone extensions to board members making it easier for them to access employees at the central office. 


Dave Ramezan moved to adjourn the meeting at 6:59 p.m. seconded by Mike Triplett. 4-0.

The next Regular Meeting of the Board will be September 11, 2017.

APPROVED: September 11, 2017

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