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Sunday May 3rd, 2015 4:06PM

School cafeteria workers get attendance incentive

By Jerry Gunn Reporter
GAINESVILLE - Gainesville School cafeteria workers may look forward to a bit more money in their paychecks in an incentive plan based on attendance approved Monday night by the Gainesville School Board.

It's a pilot program for the system's 65 food service assistants. For the first five months of the new school year workers with perfect attendance get an extra $50; if they miss one day they get $25 according to School Nutrition Director Penny Fowler.

"The food assistants get furloughs and their hourly rate is low," Fowler said. "I'm trying to put a positive in place of a negative."

Fowler says she will evaluate the program to see how it works and give an update report to the School Board in January.

100 DAY COUNTDOWN STARTS

A 100 day countdown began until the new Fair Street Elementary School is complete and ready for students, according to Principal Will Campbell.

Campbell and his daughter Ella, a Fair Street second grader, announced the countdown which he hopes leads to an opening day in October, ahead of schedule.

"The significance is that this is an almost an official countdown to when we're moving back into our building because we've been out of ourbuilding for a little over two years now," Campbell said.

A diploma and certificate belonging to Hall County's first black commission member Frances Meadows were presented as donations to the new school's Heritage Hall.

OLD PARKS AND LEISURE BLDG TO DISAPPEAR

The old headquarters of Hall County's Parks and Leisure services will soon be a thing of the past under a plan reviewed by Board members.

The Board recently bought the Rainey Street building from Hall County for $225,000 after Parks and Leisure Services moved out. Special Assistant for Capital Projects Dave Shumake says plans call for demolition.

"And so what we will be doing is going ahead and knocking the building down, disposing of the building and taking it back to a grassy property," Shumake said.

The $36,500 demolition also includes removing the parking lot. Disposing of potentially hazardous asbestos in the old structure will come under a separate contract. Shumake said the future of the site is up to the Board; they wanted the property adjacent to Gainesville High School for possible expansion.
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