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Board votes to accept nonresident students in K-5
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In a split vote, the Dawson County Board of Education approved Policy JBCB during last week’s monthly meeting, allowing nonresidential students in grades K-5 to attend Dawson County schools on a tuition basis.

The policy allows the board and future boards to make a yearly decision on whether or not to allow nonresidential students to attend Dawson County schools based on availability as well as set tuition coasts each year. The guidelines, which were also approved during the March 12 meeting, set tuition for the 2018-19 school year at $1,200 ($600 per semester).

Before the 2-2 vote, Elaine Wilson spoke in opposition to the policy that was previously brought before the board and did not pass the first time.

“In my heart of hearts I don’t feel right voting for it because I was elected to serve the kids of Dawson County and not kids from other counties and I feel like the money that is generated in Dawson County needs to go to Dawson County kids,” Wilson said.

Also opposed was Roger Slaton, who asked the board if they could have more time to look over the policy in full before coming to a vote.

Will Wade, who motioned for the vote, said he was not willing to amend his motion and the board took a vote with Doris Cook also in favor.

As Chairman, Karen Armstrong was the tiebreaker, voting in favor of the policy as well as its subsequent guidelines which set the tuition for the 2018-19 school year.

The board also voted to amend the Apple lease for Phase 3 of the 1:1 iPad initiative for grades 10-12. It was approved unanimously.

Carroll Daniel Construction was also approved to build the new career center, renovate Dawson County High School and complete unfinished classrooms at Dawson County Middle School.

In the closing comments, Superintendent Damon Gibbs talked about the school safety workshop that was held at the junior high March 8, commenting on its success and the plans to present safety recommendations to the board.

 “We’ll be bringing some information back to you very soon, sharing that feedback that we got from our group meetings,” said Gibbs.

The pages of feedback are being consolidated and organized by topic by Gibbs’ Executive Assistant Tiffany Davis so they can present the board with recommendations that they want implemented by August. They will be presented at the April meeting.

The next board of education meeting will be 6 p.m. April 16.