Butts Schools' summer school schedule set; BOE raises school lunch prices

The Butts County Board of Education met on Monday, May 3, for its regular monthly meeting and turned to business other than the 2010-11 budget, which had been the subject of two lengthy work sessions since the April board meeting.

"Is summer school on par?" asked Board Member John Morris. "It's been valuable."

Superintendent Lynda White replied that summer school schedules were more compact than last year, but were in place. The pre-kindergarten program, with a projected enrollment of 20 students, and all elementary programs, with projected enrollment of 75, will be at Stark Elementary School. The middle school program, which has a projected enrollment of 150 students, will be from June 10 to June 24 in the eighth-grade wing.

At Jackson High School a session from June 7 to July 2 will offer a choice from eight courses at $50 per course for Butts County students or $200 per course for out-of-system students. Students will be able to complete three courses during the session, and a fourth time slot may be added from 3 to 5 p.m., if demand warrants. Some financial assistance for students is anticipated from the community. There will be Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) remediation classes at JHS from July 6-9 and July 12-16.

The Board of Education also voted earlier this month to increase school lunch prices at all schools by 15 cents next year. Lunch will be $1.40 at elementary schools, $1.70 at the middle school, and $1.90 at the high school. There will be no change in free breakfast at the elementary and middle schools.

During the May meeting, the board also heard special reports and recognitions, and had the opportunity to hear performances by representatives of the Henderson Middle School Band, which performed at the Solo and Ensemble Festival on April 17. The HMS band received the highest rating, Superior, at the District 4 Georgia Music Association festival, which was held at Eastside High School.

Seventh-graders, Kallan Earnhart and Cade Chewning, played a saxophone duet, and Christen Davis and Amari Holmes played a flute duet for the school board members and were presented with certificates of achievement for the Superior ratings they had earned.

Harileen Conner, Consumer Science teacher at Jackson High School, was recognized for being named Teacher of the Year at the Consumer Science Teachers State Convention. Kim Conley, School Nurse, was recognized for being featured on the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta calendar with the article she wrote about the importance of children wearing their glasses.

In the business portion of its May meeting, the school board unanimously approved changes in three school policies which had been on 30-day review. The Family and Medical Leave policy was changed to clarify eligibility; the policy on Non-professional Personnel Suspension was changed to make clear that non-professional personnel are employed by the BOE for an indefinite period. The minimum qualifications for substitute teachers were adjusted to 21 years old and a high school diploma or a GED, and individuals with professional teaching certificates are exempt from substitute training in the policy, which also clarified that substitute teachers are employed on a temporary, on-call basis.

The board voted to participate in the Flu-Free Schools program again during 2010. A letter from Flu-Free Schools reported helping immunize 483 students and staff in Butts County in the fall of 2009.

A request from Playtime Learning Center to use the Jackson Elementary cafeteria and stage for a Pre-Kindergarten End-of-the-Year Celebration on May 25 was approved. Superintendent White reported eight disciplinary tribunals in April. The board members were given a calendar of end-of-the-year events for all schools and BOE members were invited to the high school baccalaureate service on May 16 at Macedonia Baptist Church.