Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

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December 11, 2013

Staff wants to continue 4-day week

Abbeville — According to a survey of teachers in the Wilcox County School System, 80% of the respondents said they prefer the four-day school week for the 2014-2015 year.

Superintendent Steve Smith gave that report to Board of Education members at their Tuesday meeting. He also acknowledged that less than 50% of the staff has voted so far, but the voting remains open, he said. No decision about that year's calendar will be made before early 2014.

Also, during Tuesday's meeting, Smith said 90.1% of those students taking the Georgia High School Writing Test met or exceeded the standards. Although that figure is lower than last year's, Smith said the English teacher was well pleased with the results.

The superintendent also said he's pleased with what's going on in special education in Wilcox County. Some of the math requirements are beyond the students' capabilities, but overall, they are doing well.

Several months ago, the Wilcox BOE began talking about the possibility of constructing a K-12 facility as its next capital project rather than building just a high school. They are ready now to move forward with that concept, and the next step, Smith said, is for a team from the state Department of Education to approve the plan.

The school system can begin applying for funds July 1, 2014.

With almost 42% of the fiscal year complete, the superintendent said expenditures sit at 38% of budget. Receipts also are under budget, "but I expect a big tax check before Christmas break, and another large payment in January."

SPLOST (special purpose local option sales tax) money has been steadily decreasing since March, Smith said, and that's when the new vehicle tax went into effect.

In reorganizing for the next year. board members opted to schedule all their meetings, both work sessions and regular meetings for 5 p.m. Work sessions usually are the first Tuesday of the month, and meetings are the second Tuesday.


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