At its regular meeting Monday, the Oneonta City Board of Education voted to increase out-of-district tuition from the current rate of $450 to $500 per student per school year for up to three students. For families with four enrolled out-of-district students, the rate for the fourth student would increase from $338 per year to $375 per year.
Board of Education officers were elected for the 2019-2020 school year. Nominated and re-elected were board president Don Maples and vice president Ricky Hicks. In addition, the board approved these district operations recommendations of Superintendent Daniel Smith:
• date change for middle school field trip to Washington, D.C. from March 18- 22, 2020, to March 11-15, 2020.
• the retirement letter from high school teacher David Bearden, effective at the end of the 2018-2019 school year, and high school assistant principal and city schools transportation director Sharon Standridge, effective May 31.
• the resignation letter from Oneonta City Schools maintenance worker James Turner, effective May 24, and third-grade teacher Hannah Graham, effective at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.
• J. D. Whited as full-time bus driver, Stefanie Weston as middle school STEAM facilitator, Sara Towns as elementary school music teacher, and Shannon Jones as high school assistant principal, all beginning with the 2019- 2020 school year.
• Julie Talton as contract principal for Oneonta Elementary school, to be placed on a three-year contract, effective July 1.
• David Bearden as part-time music teacher for grades 6-12 and high school band director for the 2019-2020 school year.
• Joseph Dillon Burton as maintenance worker/tradesman, pending successful completion of an appropriate background screening, effective June 1, 2019.
• John Fallin and Brent Patterson as summer school instructors for June 2019.
• purchase of two new type “C” Thomas-Built passenger school buses for $82,750 each from Transportation South.
• photography services bid by Lifetouch and yearbook publication bid by Walsworth for the middle school for the 2019-2020 school year.
• AAA Environmental Services to paint and resurface the high school gym floor for $19,800.
• purchase of one complete system standard volleyball net and poles for volleyball teams for $2,065.50.