BOE remembers ECHS’ Madeline McTier
by Celia Shortt
The Coweta County Board of Education’s monthly meeting Tuesday evening opened on a somber note as they remembered late East Coweta High School student Madeline McTier.
McTier passed away on Sept. 10, 2013, after an 18-month battle with brain cancer. She was a junior at ECHS. Her death was felt throughout the entire community.
School Board Chairman Winston Dowdell read a proclamation, honoring McTier’s life and service to her school, family and community. He then led the attendees for the meeting at the Jackson Street office in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a moment of silence, remembering McTier.
Her parents, Michael and Jennifer were in attendance at the meeting. principal of ECHS Evan Horton was also there.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the school board approved early payrolls for November and December. Coweta School System Superintendent Dr. Steve Barker said approving early payroll in December is a yearly occurrence. Some years, however, the board needs to approve an early payroll for November, depending on when the holidays fall.
The board unanimously approved both early payrolls. The November payroll will be issued on Nov. 12, and December’s issued on Dec. 20.
The board approved Coweta County School System Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services Dr. Marc Guy to serve as the 2013-2014 Non-Discrimination, Title IX and Equity in Sports Compliance coordinator for the school System. Should any complaints or violations in those areas arise, Guy will be the person who handles them. He has served in that role for the past two years.
“He has taken an aggressive role in that leadership and has done a great job with it,” said Dr. Barker.
In other business:
• The board recognized Debi Rogers, who was appointed to the 2013 State Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council, and Amy Steward, who is on the 2013 Title 1 Committee of Practitioners.
• Board member Frank Farmer was appointed to continue as the legislative liaison for the 2013 session of the Georgia General Assembly.
• Approved was a resolution for waiver of Minimum Direct Classroom Expenditures if it is needed when they receive performance standards for the students in the school system.
• Approved was an amendment to the memorandum of understanding agreement between the Coweta County Water and Sewer Authority and Coweta County School System for sewer work at Poplar Road Elementary School. It allows on-site work on Poplar Road.
• Barker gave an update on the construction at East Coweta High School and Evans Middle School.
“East Coweta High School is well under way and in progress,” he said.
The project there includes a renovation to the field house, including addition and site work. Also under construction at East Coweta High is a classroom renovation and addition, slated to be completed summer of 2015.
The Central Educational Center on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Newnan is modifying its welding lab. The project will be paid for and administered by West Georgia Technical College.
Barker also reported that renovations at Elm Street Elementary and Atkinson Elementary are complete, and they are awaiting the close-out documents for both.