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BOE holds first meeting of new year

Installs three members to new terms

Photo by Johnny Jackson 
Mike Griffin (left) joined Dr. Pam Nutt and Josh Hinton to serve new terms on the Henry County Board of Education this week. They were sworn into office by Probate Court Judge Kelley S. Powell (right).

Photo by Johnny Jackson Mike Griffin (left) joined Dr. Pam Nutt and Josh Hinton to serve new terms on the Henry County Board of Education this week. They were sworn into office by Probate Court Judge Kelley S. Powell (right).

McDONOUGH — The five-member Henry County Board of Education has installed its newest member.

Mike Griffin took his place in the District 3 seat Wednesday afternoon.

Griffin, Dr. Pam Nutt of District 1 and Josh Hinton of District 2 were sworn into their new terms before Wednesday’s study session.

“I think our board members are committed and communicate well,” said Griffin. “I think we have a good and deep legacy of that.”

The board began by unanimously electing Nutt its chairwoman and Erik Charles of District 4 its vice chairman. Ryan Davis of District 5 was also present.

Superintendent Dr. Ethan Hildreth presented the board with information about the upcoming Henry County NAACP Annual Freedom Fund Banquet in March and the Henry County Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting in February.

Hildreth also gave an update on the school district’s strategic plan, school safety plans and the status of the Academy for Advanced Studies charter school program.

Aaryn Schmuhl is the district’s assistant superintendent for learning and leadership services. He and members of his department presented the board with information about different opportunities to train teachers and to pilot digital and wireless programs in the classroom.

Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services Rodney Bowler agreed to amend the proposed 2013-14 student calendar. The board recommended he move the professional learning day scheduled for Tuesday, March 11, 2014, up to Monday, March 10, 2014, in order to give students a three-day weekend. The board is expected to vote on the calendar at the regular meeting Monday.

Bowler also gave initial student enrollment projections for the 2013-14 school year. He anticipates the district will shrink by about 130 students next year, from 39,946 last October to 39,817 projected for 2013-14.

Bowler said the projections are in keeping with trends over the past seven years of stagnant growth, partly due to the stagnant economy and slow growth countywide.

Allen Guimarin, executive director of facilities and maintenance, gave a construction report on the progress of construction and renovation projects at schools throughout the district.

Jeff Allie is the assistant superintendent of finance. He updated the board on the district’s fiscal standing and noted a 4.85 percent year-over-year increase for 2012 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax collections.