School construction and renovation continues despite bad weather this winter, along with plans for the upcoming Broad River College and Career Academy.
County board of education members heard an update on both projects at their February meeting.
Administrators have prepared work-based learning agreement between Caterpillar and the Broad River CCA which will be used for selecting candidates (five students this summer), planning work experiences and evaluating the program. In addition ten articulated classes are in the final stages of completion and ready for spring registration, according to assistant superintendent Sherrie Gibney-Sherman. Athens Technical College has agreed to waive all fees for Broad River CCA students – including the application. ATC president Dr. Flora Tydings will speak to the high school faculty on Wednesday, March 5, at 8 a.m.
In other business, Gibney-Sherman said Pre K and kindergarten registration would be held at all elementary schools on April 9 (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) and April 10 (8 a.m. – 6 p.m.).
The school board voted to outsource the school system’s custodial services to Southern Management. Administrators estimate that the system will save approximately $52,000 per year for the service under the agreement. The company has agreed to match the salaries of all existing county custodial staff and offer insurance to eligible employees, agreeing to pay approximately 70 percent of insurance premiums through United Healthcare Thrifty PPO.