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Board looks for program funding
The Glynn County Board of Education wants to help find a new home for Altamaha Technical College's adult education program but wonders where the money will come from to do it.

Director of Operations Al Boudreau told the board at its meeting Tuesday it will cost the school system around $50,000 to move the program that provides classes to aid adults seeking their GED into the old Risley Learning Center building on Albany Street.

The cost is around $40,000 more than the $10,000 the board currently spends in utility bills to maintain the vacant building.

"I think it would be a good use of the building," Boudreau said.

Board member Ray Snow agreed but questioned how the board could afford it given the shrinking budget.

"I think it is important to know where the money is coming from before we approve the use of that building," Snow said.

Ideally, Altamaha Tech would pay rent, Snow said.

But because the grant to operate the program only provides $6,000 to maintain it in seven counties, the technical college's president, Lorette Hoover, who was present at the meeting, said rent is out of the question.

"The feds and the state expect the communities to contribute to keep the program running," Hoover said.

Around 600 people in Glynn County earn a GED annually through the program, which in turn improves salary earning potential, Hoover said.

Board member Mike Hulsey said he would like Hoover and school administrators to figure something out.

"I think what we need is for the involved parties to sit down and for them to bring us a proposal," Hulsey said.

In other business:

* Assistant superintendent Ricky Rentz asked the board to reconfigure the standing evaluation committee on student achievement to include faculty and parent representatives from grades kindergarten through eighth grade.

Board member John Madala said he is fine with that as long as the committee continues to monitor and consider high school scheduling as a priority.

He created the block scheduling committee 15 months ago to monitor the progress of high school students under a block schedule, but feels the committee's objectives were never completed.

"We need to finish the business of evaluating our schedules at the high school. Period," Madala said.

Hulsey said he is ready to move forward and keep a schedule in place for more than one school year.

"Whatever we do needs to be in black and white and we need to move forward with it," Hulsey said.

* Susan Cox, a teacher at Brunswick High School who is battling breast cancer, asked the board during the citizens comment period to create a policy allowing employees to bank sick days and donate them to people in need.

Board member Hank Yeargan asked for a policy committee meeting next week to discuss it.

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