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February 6, 2014

BOE considers making campuses more secure


Among the many items discussed at Tuesday night’s Tift County Board of Education work session were Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) projects and the school system’s projected revenue, expenditures and shortfall for FY 2014-15.

Robby Dasher, director of operations, informed the board that the property committee recently met and discussed several items. They went over the swim team, the pool and changes that the school system may be looking at making in the future. He mentioned cleaning up some property near Matt Wilson Elementary School that is a safety concern for students.

Also, Dasher said they talked to the city about closing a portion of Dorminey Street due to many Matt Wilson students crossing the street to go to the gymnasium each school day. The city has agreed to allow them to put gates (rolling or big swing gates) on that street. Only a portion of the street, in front of the gym, will be closed during the course of the school day to prevent traffic from coming through and it will be reopened once school is dismissed.

Dasher noted the gates will not close the street entirely. He said 17 1/2 Street, a side street off of Dorminey Street, will not be closed. The public will still have full access to 19th Street also. They’re not blocking anyone from their homes, Dasher added.

However, concerns the board had were after-hours events and parent pickup. Superintendent Patrick Atwater said it will be a challenge for those parents who arrive early for pickup. He said they won’t be able to allow parents on the campus for car rider lineup until a later time.

Chairwoman Kim Rutland suggested that they began communicating this information by putting it on their website so that it won’t be a surprise to anyone.

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