Tri-County Retired Educators Association met at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 1, in the conference room of the Thomson-McDuffie Airport with 21 members and one visitor present.
Geraldine Reid, president, called the meeting to order.
Valerie Marshall presented the devotional The Cracked Pot, reminding us that in spite of our flaws we can be of assistance to someone. She followed with prayer.
Georgia Hobbs, former member of the McDuffie County Board of Education, introduced the speaker, Jim LeBrun, the superintendent of McDuffie County Schools. He told the group of the challenges we face and challenges can be frustrating.
Test scores have shown improvement.
Healthcare premiums for noncertified personnel will greatly increase over the next two years.
The association is applying for grant funds for afterschool programs. They are partnering with the Boys & Girls Club, the Y and Vanderhorst CME Church to implement the program.
A state charter school committee has been appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal.
House bill 1162 seeks to have funds nonallocated to public schools to also include charter schools. This bill has passed in the House and is now in the Senate. The association was asked to contact representatives and senators to vote against this proposal.
Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. The treasurer’s report was given.
Robert Scott reported for the necrology committee. Maggie McDaniel passed away Feb. 1. A moment of silent prayer was observed.
Each year the association provides a scholarship to a student entering the field of education. The scholarship rotates among the three counties. A Warren County student is to receive it this year. Application forms have been sent to the various school counselors.
Jan McTier reported on legislative matters and distributed copies of the new reapportionment maps.
Lawanna Reese, fundraiser chairman, had a Split Pot Brag Basket. For $1 anyone could brag. The money in the basket was shared with half going to the organization and half to the participant whose name was drawn, Jan McTier won this.
Members were reminded to turn in their volunteer logs as well as spotlight ads.
State Convention will be held May 1-3 at Callaway Gardens. Geraldine Reid and Barbara Wilcher will be delegates.
Door prizes were awarded and refreshments were enjoyed.
Next meeting will be April 5 at Miss Jane’s Restaurant in Warrenton.