Oneonta City Board of Education began its meeting last Tuesday with the appointment of Matt Taylor to fill the remaining term of former board member Steve Anderton who tendered his resignation at the previous meeting. Taylor is a partner with Carr, Riggs, & Ingram, an accounting firm in Oneonta.
Joined by wife, Krissy, and daughters Anna, Lily, and Emma (pictured above), Taylor said, “I am very excited for the opportunity to serve on this board and serve this school. My parents were educators. My children go to school here. I look forward to the future for Oneonta City Schools.”
Following his swearing in, the board turned to superintendent Daniel Smith who gave a brief report. He thanked Taylor for his willingness to serve not only the school system but also his community. Smith also thanked the administration of all three schools for the work they put in to fill many open positions. The majority of those new teachers were on hand to thank the board for the opportunity given them.
“Our administrators worked hard to bring in high quality teachers,” he said. “They have all done a great job and I am excited about the energy that these new teachers have.”
The board also addressed the upcoming renewal of a county ad valorem tax that provides substantial funding for both the Oneonta City and Blount County school systems. The board approved the District Tax Resolution as well as the Public Purpose Resolution. (See Ad Valorem renewal, page A1).
“We need everyone to understand this is not a new tax,” Smith said. “This is a renewal of an existing tax that has been on the books for 50-something years. It just has to be renewed every 25 years.”
The board reviewed superintendent Daniel Smith’s recommendations. It approved:
• enrollment of two OES, one OMS, and one OHS non-resident students for 2021-2022 school year.
• enrollment of three OES non-resident students on probationary status for 2021-2022 school year.
• resignation of Grace Malek, OMS guidance counselor.
• employment of Carsyn Gilliland, OES gifted teacher.
• employment of Luis Vazquez, OMS science teacher and soccer coach.
• Maggie Battles as OHS building test coordinator for 2021-2022 school year.
• 2021-2022 OES, OMS, and OHS student handbooks.
• 2021-2022 Chromebook Policy.
• change order request #12 and #13 for baseball project by Coston General Contractors for grout fill of existing falling pipe in the amount of $62,480 and new ditch line and riprap for drainage in the amount of $92,542.
The Oneonta City Board of Education will hold a work session at 4 p.m. today in the Oneonta High School Library. A special called meeting will be held at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 27, at the central office.