2018-08-09 / Local & State

SF Votes No To Forbes Road Vo-tech Pullout

By Cassidy Pittman

The Southern Fulton School Board voted ‘no’ at its monthly meeting July 17 to Forbes Road School District’s letter of intent to withdraw from the Fulton County Area Vocational Technical School (FCAVTS).

The vote was unanimous.

During the meeting Erik Damgaard, director of FCAVTS, presented a slide show to the board as well as talked about the benefits of the FCAVTS, and having Forbes Road’s vo-tech’s students stay in the consortium.

Dorothy Hixon approached the board regarding the bus bid procedure and the hiring process for the assistant business manager position.

In other business, the board approved the list of fundraisers and field trips for the 2018-19 school year. An agreement was approved between Tuscarora Intermediate Unit 11 and the Southern Fulton School District (SFSD) of the Instructional Media Services agreement.

After a review of their July minutes, the safety committee will be researching different options for updating Southern Fulton’s camera system.


Approval was given for a memorandum of understanding between the Southern Fulton School Board and the Southern Fulton Education Association/PSEA/NEA regarding an EL coordinator position for the 2018-19 school year.

The board accepted, with regret, a letter of resignation from Natasha Souders as junior high assistant volleyball coach and junior high head softball coach effective immediately.

Hires/pending hires are as follows: Anita Munson as assistant business manager pending completion of all paper work, Jennifer Mellott as a substitute aide for the 2018-19 school year pending paperwork, and Josh McKelvy, existing soccer coach, was hired to assist with the maintenance of the lawn on a contracted basis at a stipend rate of $11 per hour retroactive to June 26, 2018.

The board approved an agreement between teacher Jon Diffenderfer as elementary dean of students and the school district.

A review was made of the personnel committee’s June meeting minutes that included creating a new employee morale survey and an update on the committee’s role in the interview process.


The board gave approval for Superintendent Tara Will to submit a grant proposal through the Office of Safe Schools in the amount of $20,000 for equipment and up to $60,000 for a school resources officer for the first year, and 50 percent of the amount will be allocated to year two.

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