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Committee approves purchase of bullet-proof vests for school police

DCSS Finance-Personnel Committee Chair James Bush, right, listens to school system Director of Finance and Operations Ken Dyer during a committee meeting Wednesday.

DCSS Finance-Personnel Committee Chair James Bush, right, listens to school system Director of Finance and Operations Ken Dyer during a committee meeting Wednesday.

ALBANY — The Dougherty County Finance Committeehas decided to move several items to the full school board for approval during its next meeting on Sept. 16.

The committee approved spending no more than $20,000 on bullet-proof vests for the 22-member school system police department. Lack of bullet-proof vest was cited as a concern in a recently released assesment of the DCSSPD.

In other action items, the committee also gave the go-ahead to send seven Georgia Department of Education grant applications to the board for approvals. The applications included $2 million for Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support (GNETS), state and federal; $358,000 for Georgia Learning Resources System (GLRS); $2.9 million for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), $125,000 for IDEA pre-school, $256,000 state preschool, more than $360,000 Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) and $157,000 for a Perkins CTAE grant.

Finance and Operations Director Ken Dyer also informed the committee that his office was in the final stages of putting together a $10 million Tax Anticipation Note (TAN) bond issue.

After the meetings adjourned, the DCSS Personnel Committee, convened.

The committee voted to send three key personnel recommendations to the full board — a new school administration manager for Monroe High School, an assistant principal for Albany High School and a personnel coordinator for the DCSS Human Resources Department.

The committee also discussed the DCSS’s impending switch in health care providers from United Health Care and Cigna to Blue Cross Blue Shield.