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Board of Education

The Whitfield County Schools Board of Education is made up of five members. Four of the members represent one of four voting districts with a fifth member serving at-large who represents the entire district.

In the photo, from left, are board member Rodney Lock, Vice Chairman Bill Worley, board members Thomas Barton and Tony Stanley, and Chairman Louis Fordham.

School Board Policy

Review local board policy and access more information about state and federal laws and policies at the Whitfield County Schools Board Governance System.

Board Meetings

Called Work Session
1306 South Thornton Avenue
April 14, 2014
5:30 p.m.

  • Call to Order & Roll Call
  • Adoption of Agenda
  • Executive Session
  • Adjournment

Regular Meeting Agenda
April 14, 2014
6:30 p.m.

  • Call to Order & Roll Call
  • Adoption of Agenda
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Moment of Silent Reflection
  • Inspirations
  • Recognitions/Presentations
    • Northwest High School Swim and Dive Team Qualify for State
    • Northwest High School Robotics Team receive, The Excellence Award and Place 2nd in Region
    • Students Place 2nd and 3rd at the Georgia Educational Technology Fair
    • Chad Brock – 1st Place in the Regional Archery Tournament and Austin Martin had Highest Score for
      Cohutta at State Archery Tounament
    • Keta Martinez – Parent Involvement Coordinator Spotlight for the Month of March for GaDOE
      Parent Engagement Program
    • Kristy Adams and TeQuita Hilton – Georgia Department of Driver Services Commercial Drivers
      License (CDL) Examiners
    • 2014 Georgia All State Chorus
  • Hearing of Individuals and/or Delegations
    Please limit comments to 3 minutes
    • Girl Scouts Brownie Troop 12617
  • Approval of Minutes for Board Training on February 25, 2014 and
    Board Meetings on March 3, 2014
  • Purchase Orders over $25,000
  • Financials
    • General Funds
    • Capital Projects Funds
  • Superintendent Report
    • Teaching and Learning
      • 8th Grade Writing Report – Michelle Caldwell
      • Bandwidth Grant – Dr. Audrey Williams
      • AdvancED Accreditation Award – Dr. Audrey Williams
      • Public Library Grant – Karey Williams
      • Birth to Five Striving Readers Grant – Karey Williams
      • Amended 2014–2015 School Calendar
    • Operations
    • Support Services
      • First Reading of WCS Student Discipline Code of Conduct and WCS Student Dress Code
    • Personnel
  • Previous Business
    • Second Reading of Change in Board Policy: Wellness Program: EEE
    • Second Reading of Change in Board Policy: Food Service Management: EE
    • Second Reading of Change in Board Policy: Employee Tobacco Use: GAN
    • Second Reading of Change in Board Policy: Student Tobacco Use: JCDAA
  • New Business
    • Donation Check for Dalton State College and Southeast High School
      AP Government Alliance Program
    • Donation Check for Soccer Uniforms for Valley Point Middle School
    • Donation Check for Parking Lot Change Order for Dug Gap Elementary School
    • Tunnel Hill Police Department Donate Car to NWGCCA
    • Donation Check from OmNova in Honor of Daryl Dobbins for Cohutta Elementary School
    • Donation Check for General Fund for Phoenix High School
    • Contracts for E-Rate 2014–2015 (Windstream, G-Tech Security Solutions,
      Telenet Systems & Alarm Systems, Fireside Technology, Inc., and CDW Government)
    • Proposed Changes to GSBA Legislation Positions and Delegate and
      Alternate Appointments for GSBA Conference
  • Adjourn

See the school board's meeting calendar. The minutes taken during school board meetings, which includes regular meetings, work sessions, and called meetings are available to download and review. The minutes are bundled in PDF format as they were presented and adopted by the Board of Education.

Responsibilities of the Board & Superintendent

The Board of Education is responsible for setting policy and managing the budget for the school district. The superintendent serves as the school board’s chief executive officer and, in partnership with their staff, is responsible for the daily operation of the school district.

The superintendent reports directly to the school board and is responsible for carrying out its policies, the policies set by the Georgia Board of Education, and ensuring compliance with state and federal education laws.

School Board Meetings

All regular board meetings begin in open session immediately followed by an executive session that is closed to the public. The public portion of the meeting includes a time for public comments.

Regular Meetings

The Board of Education convenes for a work session at 5:30 p.m. prior to its regular monthly meetings that begin at 6:30 p.m. All meetings are at the central office building at 1306 South Thornton Avenue, Dalton, Ga. For more information call (706) 217-6780.

  • Monday, Feb. 3
  • Monday, March 3
  • Monday, April 14
  • Monday, May 5
  • Monday, June 2
  • Monday, July 14
  • Monday, Aug. 4
  • Monday, Sept. 8
  • Monday, Oct. 6
  • Monday, Nov. 3
  • Monday, Dec. 1
  • Monday, Jan. 5

* Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month with the exception of April, July, and September.

Work Sessions

Additional school board work sessions are scheduled as needed. When a work session is scheduled the date, time, location, and agenda will be shared with the Dalton Daily Citizen, on this website, and posted at the meeting location.

There are no additional work sessions scheduled at this time.

About Board Minutes

The minutes taken during school board meetings, which includes regular meetings, work sessions, and called meetings, are available for you to download and review. Look to the left for a section titled "On the Record." The minutes are bundled under a dropdown menu in PDF format as they were presented and adopted by the Board of Education.

For example, a document titled “2012-12 adopted minutes” contains the record of all meetings adopted during the school board’s December meeting. The document “2012-10 adopted minutes” includes minutes from two meetings in September: the Sept. 10 regular session and the Sept. 24 work session.

The adopted meeting minutes for the past 12 months are available here. For more information or questions about these records, please contact Carolyn Weaver at (706) 217-6723 or at We hope you find these records to be a useful reference tool and appreciate your interest in Whitfield County Schools.