McDuffie County Board of Education members were celebratory during the Oct. 10 meeting when Parrish Construction presented a symbolic big check to return more than $69,000 to the board’s treasury. The check was the result of change orders for the construction costs for the projected $4 million rehabilitation at Dearing Elementary School coming under budget by $69,229.46.  The project was completed July 26, right before the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.

Parrish Construction, of Roswell, Georgia, has worked on numerous construction and rehabilitation projects for the McDuffie County School System and Vice President Jim Fallon told the board how privileged the company is to work for the board of education.

“Every opportunity here is an important one for us. We cherish the opportunity to build for you all and we appreciate the community and the school system. We appreciate the Dearing community for allowing us to come in and build for the system,” he said.

In other business, Maxwell Elementary School was recently recognized by the Georgia Department of Education for its Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) initiative.   The school was congratulated by the McDuffie County Board of Education for earning Distinguished Status, which is the highest recognition afforded a PBIS school in the state. Maxwell was among the 79 schools that have implemented PBIS to earn distinguished status.  PBIS is an approach to reduce disciplinary infractions and behavioral interventions while creating a climate where all students may thrive.

The board recognized 12 students as Superintendent’s Students of the Month for September and October.  Recognized from Dearing Elementary School were Erin DeJong and Jayda Hunt; Maxwell, Rylee Webb and Jaxon Scott; Thomson Elementary, Neveah Sallywhite and Amare Daniels; Norris Elementary, Givonnie Paschal and Ja’Tyren Smith; Thomson-McDuffie Middle, Raquel Heath and Joshua Ficzere; and Thomson High School, Eriana Brown and Ansley Howard.

In addition, the principals of McDuffie County Schools were awarded certificates of accreditation from the Georgia Accrediting Commission. All schools as well as the Pre-K sites at Maxwell Elementary and Dearing Elementary and the school district as a whole were Accredited with Quality by the commission, which is the top tier of accreditation.

Individuals desiring to seek positions on the McDuffie County Board of Education when three members end their terms in 2020 will pay a qualifying fee of $40.

The McDuffie County Board of Education set the $40 fee for future board member elections during its Oct. 10 meeting.

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