Capital improvements ongoing

Oneonta City Board of Education

Gilbreath Stadium is a work in progress.

Gilbreath Stadium is a work in progress.

With several capital improvement projects ongoing and evolving back to school procedures, the Oneonta City Board of Education continues to meet as needed.

On July 21, the board held a special called meeting and work session. During the brief meeting, the board approved superintendent Daniel Smith’s recommendation regarding additional cost to the football field renovation due to drainage and soil issues. They also accepted the resignation of Oneonta Elementary teacher, Anna Fowler, effective Sept. 1.

A lengthy work session followed. Smith opened bids for the construction of the school’s new baseball complex.

He reported that three bids had been received with each bid addressing four construction alternatives.

Smith also updated the board on the progress of other capital improvement projects. He said construction on the entrances for OES and OMS are scheduled to be complete by start of school.

Progress continues on the new band room with completion expected by Dec. 31. The auxiliary gym and weight room should be complete within three to four weeks.

Heidi Chambers, the district technology coordinator, reported that students will begin the school year with their current chromebooks. As schools across the world are scrambling to provide technology for remote learning, it is taking longer than normal to receive the devices.

She also discussed the online platform the system will use this fall. Information will be provided to faculty, students, and parents before they go live with Blackboard on Sept. 1. Along with Blackboard, she said they were looking at mobile hot spot options to ensure all students had the accessibility they need.

Before closing, assistant superintendent Lauren Wilson presented a detailed plan for the reopening of school. That plan, along with the Blount County Schools’ plan, will be covered in depth next week.

Monday afternoon, the board reconvened for its regularly scheduled July meeting. They approved Smith’s recommendations for the upcoming school year:

• enrollment of 12 elementary non-resident students.

• enrollment of one middle school non-resident student.

• enrollment of four high school non-resident students.

• release of two students to Springville Elementary and Middle.

In personnel matters, the board accepted the resignation of Elyssa Archer, OHS biology teacher/ACCESS facilitator, effective July 24. They approved the employment of Amanda Haston as OHS general science teacher/ACCESS facilitator and Anna Marie Hill as OES second grade teacher, both effective Aug. 3.

The school system continues to provide updates on its 2020-2021 Learning Plan and Reopening Plan at