Board Reviewed Options for 2023-2024 Academic Calendars

Community, Education, Indian's Corner

WHITE COUNTY, Ga.-Superintendent Dr. Laurie Burkett presented the board with two possible academic calendars for the 2023-2024 school year during the work session on Jan. 25.

Burkett also gave the board the Jan. dispositions and the COVID update. Assistant Superintendent Scott Justus present the Jan. ESPLOST request to the board and Director of Student Services Dr. MaryKay Berry gave out the 2022 Philip Wright Award.

The two options for the academic calendar for the 2023-24 school year. Option 1 is on the right and option 2 is on the left.

Burkett presented the board with the two possible options for academic calendars for the 2023-24 school year. These options if approved at the meeting on Jan. 27 at 6:00 p.m. will be given out to the community for their vote.

Calendar option 1 does not give as long of a winter break for the teachers as they usually receive. Option two is closer to the academic calendars that are currently in place.

If the board votes to send these out to the community there will be a survey to fill out. The numbers will be split up between those who work for the school system and the regular community. This way the board will have an idea of what the staff wants and also what the community wants and the decision will be made from there.

Next Burkett gave the board the list of the Jan. dispositions. Each school has items on the list. Those items are old Chromebooks, old Ipads and mini Ipads, and old calculators. The Chromebooks will still be used as spare parts when needed for the ones currently in use.

The Friday COVID report.

On Friday the current COVID report was released to the community. The only update from that is due to the shorter quarantine time, of the 17 staff members that were counted as positive on  Friday 14 of them were able to return to work yesterday.

“We feel good about where we are, I’ve looked at the county numbers yesterday and the county seems to be trending down and we are usually a week behind the county, so I feel like we, I hope that we’ve hit our peak and that we’ll just continue to go down,” stated Burkett.

Justus brought to the board the Jan. ESPLOST request. The request is for $43,937.50. This will go to a new trailer for Ag which costs $40,346.00 and a new windscreen for the tennis courts which will cost $3,791,50. The board will vote on the request at their regular meeting.

Lastly, Berry presented the 2022 Philip Wright Award. The award is given on behalf of the Pioneer RESA group to an individual with a strong commitment to improving educational outcomes for students with disabilities. To learn more about Pioneer RESA and what they do with the school systems visit https://www.pioneerresa.org/page/about-us.

Dr. MaryKay Berry, with Laurie Higgins and the student she helped this year.

This year’s recipient is Laurie Higgins an administrative assistant who also serves as the community-based work site in the student services department. Higgins rearranged her office to accommodate a student with special constraints that she was working with and was able to get the student to a point where they could perform a task completely independently.

“She works tirelessly with the students to make sure they understand what they are learning and we are just blown away with her dedication to making sure the student feels successful,” highlighted Berry.

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