The Glynn County Board of Education approved teacher and administrator contracts for the 2018-19 school year at a school board meeting Tuesday night.

Before the vote, school board member Mike Hulsey said he hopes the school administration will continue working to ensure all teachers are supported by their administrators.

“We have so many teachers that do so many great things and work so hard that I feel like if I voted against it I’d be voting against those folks who I know work so hard,” he said. “… With that said, I still feel like that we have some teachers and administrators that sort of take advantage of the system.”

Hulsey said he’s confident Glynn County Schools Superintendent Virgil Cole will continue to address this issue.

“We’ve talked a lot about our culture, and many of our teachers still feel like they can’t follow the chain of command and go through principals,” Hulsey said.

The school board voted unanimously to approve the contracts.

The school board also unanimously approved the Golden Isles College and Career Academy’s charter renewal request. The request will now be sent to the Georgia Department of Education for consideration. The state board is expected to discuss the request at a meeting in May.

If approved by the state, GICCA will receive a five-year charter.

Several school board members spoke in favor of the education students receive at GICCA.

“I’m just very, very proud to see the growth of the school and the successes that it’s had throughout the years,” said school board member Hank Yeargan. “At least once a week I hear of a student coming out and making an impact on our community.”

In other business, the school board approved R.H. Tyson Construction’s bid for a contract of nearly $4,683,000 to complete the renovation of Glynn Academy’s Sidney Lanier building.

The school board also approved a change order for a more than $104,000 refund on the contract for Glynn Academy’s Athletic Complex, which was recently completed on Lanier Blvd.

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