November 11, 2019 — Chairman Phillip Beard called the November meeting for the Buford Board of Education to order at 7 p.m. at the Buford City Schools Central Office. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the agenda and minutes from the October 21, 2019 meeting were approved.
The Board approved payments for the new BHS to Charles Black Construction in the amounts of $923,789 and $194,920.
Up next, the Board approved 12 field trip requests, four fundraiser requests, three community service projects, and a new club request. The new club request is for a BHS Book Club.
Books from the BMS Media Center were put into surplus. Some of these were books that lost relevancy with readers and were no longer being checked out. The CCRPI (College and Career Readiness Performance Index) scores were released and Buford performs well above the state average. Buford City Schools are once again rated #1 by Niche.com receiving A and A+ rankings in all areas.
Principals from each school gave updates on their school. BES has an enrollment of 375 and 72 in daycare. Last month was Wolftober and they celebrated Red Ribbon Week. Their theme for November is “Wolves are thankful in November.” Recently sweatshirts and New Balance shoes were donated to the students that could not afford to buy those on their own. BA has an enrollment of 1,183 students. They had a great PTO Soup and Salad lunch for their teachers, the BHS baseball team visited to spread goodwill during car rider line, and they also had new shoes for those students in need. The current enrollment for BSA is 807 students. Fourth graders recently participated in a restaurant day to showcase their math skills. BSA just hosted another All Pro Dads and they have their school-level spelling bee coming up.
Buford Middle’s enrollment number is 1,226 students. The school is seeing good numbers utilize their Overtime sessions. Eighth grade has an upcoming field trip to the College Hall of Fame and the World of Coke. Benchmark results are being analyzed. BMS Comp Cheer placed 1st at state. Miss BMS pageant is coming up.
BHS has a current enrollment of 1,523 students. ACT scores are in and are above average. “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” won the State One Act competition. Chorus All-State auditions recently took place and the band received all superior ratings at a recent competition. Football playoffs begin Friday, November 15 at home, basketball and swim recently started, Comp Cheer will be competing at sectionals, and college letter signings on Thursday.
This concluded the November Board of Education meeting. The next meeting will be at 12 p.m. on Monday, December 9, 2019, at the Buford City Schools Central Office on Sawnee Avenue.
— Staff Reports