The Cherokee County Board of Education introduced its 2013-14 student adviser and six new student delegates, and approved a change to the policy on public participation at its meeting Thursday before a crowd of about 250 people.
The School Board voted to change its policy for public participation, as requested by Board member Michael Geist, to set a limit on public speakers to three minutes.
The first reading of the policy was approved, and after the second reading at Thursday’s meeting, the policy change was approved 6-1, with Board member Kelly Marlow opposed.
Previously, the total public participation time speakers could use address the board was set at 30 minutes, with no individual limit per speaker.
Cherokee School District spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby introduced the new student adviser and delegates at the meeting, starting with Student Adviser Sydney Webb.
“We have a student adviser to the School Board every school year, it rotates school-to-school, it’s a senior who is elected by her classmates,” Jacoby said.
Webb is a senior at Sequoyah High School. She is ranked No. 2 in her class, has received academic and athletic letters, is a member of the National Honor Society and is a Governor Honors Program state finalist for Spanish.
She is a four-year member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, was elected as the governor of the 2013 Georgia Girls’ State, is her Student Government Senior Class President, a Model United Nations Class President and has completed more than 200 hours of community service.
Webb has also been active in the Sequoyah High School Air Force Junior ROTC, serving as squadron commander, a Drill Team Armed Element Commander and received multiple accolades from the Citadel Leadership School.
The student delegates all carry top honors and will represent their schools at the School Board meetings this school year.
For each high school, the delegates are: from ACE Academy, Natalie Friesen; Cherokee High School, Haley Haas; Creekview High School, Riley Jenkins; Etowah High School, Alex Johnson; River Ridge High School, Justin Maxwell; and Woodstock High School, Briana Francois.
Also at the meeting, the School Board denied Marlow’s request for the School District to pay for her attorney cost at the upcoming ethics violation hearing that was approved unanimously at the July 24 meeting.
The motion to fund Marlow’s attorney with school board money failed 2-5, with Marlow and Geist in favor of the expenditure.
No date has been set for the hearing regarding Marlow’s letter to AdvancEd and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the agency that is in charge of school accreditation.
Marlow will have a 30-day notice prior to the hearing being conducted.
School Board Attorney Tom Roach will represent the Board of Education, and a court reporter and hearing officer will be hired by the BoE for the hearing.
In other news:
• The superintendent and School Board recognized Free Home Elementary School for winning the 2013 School Bell Award;
• The board recognized ACE Academy teacher Steven Keith for heroism he showed by rescuing two of three hikers who were struck by lightning while he was on vacation in Montana this summer;
• The board recognized Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition winners;
• The School Board approved the first reading of a policy change that would require exchange students to comply with U.S. Department of Education guidance, a second reading and vote will be held at the next meeting;
• The board approved a monthly financial report and sales tax update;
• The board approved the annual issuance of Tax Anticipation Notes;
• The board approved out-of-state travel for staff development;
• The board approved out-of-state and overnight field trips;
• The board approved a monthly capital outlay projects update;
• The board approved the Georgia DoE Capital Outlay Program application for fiscal 2015; and
• The board approved personnel recommendations.
The next Cherokee County School Board Meeting is Sept. 5, at 7 p.m. at the Historic Canton High School Board Auditorium.