Also during their meeting Thursday night, Forsyth County’s school board:
* Approved Citigroup Global Markets Inc. to provide bond underwriting services.
* Presented Principal Pam Pajerski of Cumming Elementary School with the January REACH Employee of the Month award.
* Heard a presentation from teacher Mitch Brotherton at Otwell Middle School about his Connections course in which he uses the game Minecraft to help students learn math and English principles.
* Heard a monthly finance report from Dan Jones, director of finance, and reviewed information such as monthly attendance reports and scheduled fieldtrips.
Note: All votes were 5-0 unless otherwise noted.
-- Crystal Ledford
The Forsyth County Board of Education will maintain the same leadership as last year as members unanimously supported Darla Light continuing in her role as chairwoman.
“Thank you very much and I will try to do a good job,” Light said Thursday night during the school board’s first meeting of 2014.
The five-member panel also voted for Kristin Morrissey to serve as vice chairwoman for the year. Nancy Roche held that position in 2013.
A list of goals for 2014, which Light said the group developed during a recent retreat, was also approved.
Among the objectives for the year are planning for future capital outlay funding and developing a bond referendum for later this year.
“[The referendum] is so important to all of us I think,” Light said.
The board has previously discussed the possibility of holding a bond referendum to fund construction and facility improvements in the fast-growing system.
Brandywine Elementary School, which is scheduled to open in 2016, would not be a part of the May bond referendum.
Rather, the measure would fund additions and renovations at the system’s existing five high schools, as well as safety upgrades, technology and transportation improvements.
The funding would also be used to buy land for a seventh high school and 11th middle school, and go toward construction of the district’s 10th middle school and seventh high school.
In addition for 2014, the board plans to continue to have a strong showing at various community events and functions, and to seek additional training opportunities.
“We discussed trying to better ourselves and maybe get out and see some school systems in the region that we are comparative, to start trying to reach above what we’ve been,” Light said.
Tom Cleveland noted that an important part of training will be seeking options above and beyond what many Georgia school boards require.
“The only thing I would add is on our professional development, I know we had a good bit of discussion about trying to seek out some flexibility for us because we’re finding out that the standard, stock training isn’t for us because we’re in a different place in this county,” he said.
“So we’re going to see if we can find that professional development that will help us grow as a board for what we need here in Forsyth.”