The Towns County Board of Education (TCBOE) convened on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 7: p.m. at the TCBOE Offices in Hiawassee for their monthly Work Session for consideration of items on the upcoming regular April Board Meeting set for Monday April 17, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the TCHS Auditorium. Towns County School Superintendent Dr. Darren Berrong, School Board Chairman Robert Williams and Members Jerry Taylor, Laura Bannister, Dr. Kilee Smith and Stan Chastain were present. Director of Finance Myra Underwood and Secretary to Dr. Berrong Paula Whitehead were also present. At 6:30 p.m. just prior to the Work Session the Board opened up a public hearing for anyone wishing to address the 2018 Budget. There were no comments, but interested parties still have time to contact TCBOE regarding the Budget.
Underwood addressed the Board, informing them that 78 per cent of the FY 2017 Projected Revenue has been realized with 67 per cent of FY 2017 complete through the end of February 2017. Underwood said that revenue income is running fairly close to what was received at this time last year. She said that expenditures were at 34 per cent which is right on Budget.
Underwood said, regarding the FY 2018 Budget, that the State of Georgia has mandated a 2 per cent STEP increase in the salary schedule, which will result in a Budget increase for TCS in the amount of about $415,000. However, she said, TCS will have an offsetting increase in revenue in FY 2018 that will significantly reduce that number.
A contract between TCS and Robertson Loia Roof (RLR) Architects and Engineers of Alpharetta, GA that handles most of TCS building needs was discussed. The contract stipulates that RLR architectural fee will be 6 per cent of cost. Dr. Berrong said the contract will be available to the Board for review and would be up for approval at the regular Board meeting the following Monday.
Dr. Berrong, in his Superintendent’s Report, said he had checked into paving the parking area that serves the baseball field. He said the lowest quote he got was around $30,000, which was not in the Budget at this time. He is looking into building a locker room for the soft-ball players. He said, also, he checked into paving the area behind the backstop under the bleachers at the baseball field and that the quote for that work is about $6,000, which is financially feasible.
The Board approved what should be the last few field trips for 2017: the HS Yearbook field trip to Georgia Gwinnett College on April 20; the HS Band field trip to the Georgia Ensemble Theatre in Roswell, GA on April21; the Elementary and High School SP/ED Fishing Rodeo in Suches, GA on May 10; and the Middle School 6th Grade field trip to World of Coca-Cola on May 11.
The Board approved updates to the Competitive Food Policy, Graduation Policy and Tobacco Free School Policy, all of which were discussed at the March Work Session.
The Board approved a recommendation to hire Aleta Nalley as a Substitute Bus Driver.
The Board approved Heidi Smallwood, a Special Ed Paraprofessional, to work in a certified teaching position for the Extended School Year Program. The Board also approved a four-week extension of medical leave for Special Ed Paraprofessional Ansley Kimsey.
The Board briefly went into Executive Session, but no announcements were made.
The Meeting then adjourned.