The Greene County Board of Education voted Thursday in favor of remodeling inside Chuckey-Doak High School’s cafeteria.

The project will involve moving a serving line away from its current position at a side wall to allow space for the new “student choice” concept, explained Dustin Burnette of Chartwells, which provides food service for the school system.

The “student choice” concept will be introduced at Chuckey-Doak and South Greene high schools during the spring 2020 semester, Burnette said.

Students will be given the opportunity to try different menu items during the “student choice” period and the one that is most popular will become a regular item on the menu in the future. Students at North Greene and West Greene high schools were able to select a new menu item during “student choice” periods last school year.

The remodeling will be funded with the remaining balance of the renovation plan investment that is part of the partnership between the school system and Chartwells, Burnette explained.

More than $30,000 is left in renovation plan funds and should cover the expense for moving the serving line, he said.

2020 CALENDAR APPROVED

In other business, the school board approved a calendar for the 2020-21 school year. The calendar includes 176 instructional days for students, nine professional development days and five administrative days.

The school year will begin for students with an abbreviated day on Aug. 5, 2020, with the first full day on Aug. 7. Fall break for the system will be Oct. 12-16, Thanksgiving break Nov. 25-27 and Christmas break Dec. 21-Jan. 4, with students returning on Jan. 6, 2021.

Spring break will be March 15-19 and the last full day will be May 25, 2021.

ATTENDANCE POLICY

The board approved a change in high school attendance procedures, adding a parent note as acceptable documentation for an excused absence. The revised procedure also states that no more than two parent notes will be accepted each semester.

In related action, the high school attendance policy was pulled from consideration to be referred back to the policy committee to clarify wording about the parent notes.

ENERGY SAVINGS

The board also approved a contract with Schnieder Electric to provide technical services for energy saving projects for the school system. The goal of the project is to provide savings to help offset the cost of new HVAC units that are needed throughout the district. The system has more than 400 units that have been in operation 15 years or longer.

Jen Miller and Todd Smith from Schnieder Electric explained the company will begin the process by conducting a detailed technical audit of each school and system facility. Design plans for energy saving measures will be created, and if school board approval is given for those measures, Schnieder would manage their installation.

Based on initial work with the system, Schnieder Electric estimates measures could be implemented to save the system between $260,000 and $400,000 in utility costs, Miller said.

Kimberleigh Lester spoke to the board to request consideration of revisions to hair color regulations in the student dress code. The dress code currently states that no unusual hair color will be permitted with examples listed as neon colors, green, purple, etc.

OTHER BUSINESS

Lester explained that her niece and nephew have come to live with her in the past year. Her niece has always had colored hair because her mother is a hairdresser.

“I know that we have rules and regulations for a reason, but times do change,” she said. “I am just asking that you consider a change.”

North Greene High School was recognized for having 97% attendance during September. Chuckey-Doak Middle School earned the faculty award with 98% attendance.