††††††††††† The Alleghany County Board of Commissioners and
Alleghany County Board of Education held a special meeting on
††††††††††† Present:† Chair
Eldon Edwards, Vice-Chair Warren Taylor, Commissioner Graylen Blevins, Commissioner
Charles Joines explained the purpose of the meeting.
Joel Souther made a motion to open the Board of Educationís meeting.† Besty Dillon seconded the motion. Vote 3:0.
Dr. Cox stated that Clarence Crouse is on his way to this meeting, and Faron Atwood had to answer a call and will be back soon.
Dr. Cox gave everyone a brief background on prior discussions about the middle school concept.† He talked about instructional program needs, necessary staff for those needs and facilities needs.† He started reviewing the committee report.† He stated that this is the beginning of the dialogue between the Board of Commissioners and Board of Education regarding school needs.
Charles Joines talked about moving forward with the discussions.
Dr. Cox reviewed the enrollment numbers for the three elementary schools, instructional programs, advantages for a middle school setting, tentative mock schedule, and breakdown of the $887,500 recurring costs including new teachers needed and the amount of teachers now.
Commissioner Warren Taylor asked are the 16 teachers funded by the County.
Dr. Cox explained how the funding comes from the State.
Commissioner Warren Taylor asked if the State will provide any additional assistance because of having a middle school.
Dr. Cox stated that additional assistance will not be provided except for the principal position.
Dr. Cox continued reviewing the needed positions and their funding sources.† He reviewed the enrichment activities needed.† He listed out the alternative teacher positions and stated those salaries add up to the enrichment staff.† He reviewed the support staff needed.
Dr. Cox explained the function of the job as being a police officer and is state-funded.† He reviewed the architectís projected utility costs regarding a middle school.
Faron Atwood and Clarence Crouse arrived at .
Dr. Cox explained the handout
describing the new capital expenditures including the middle school, gym at
Commissioner Warren Taylor and Dr. Cox talked about teachers typically donít escort students to the enrichment classes.
Susan Murphy stated that the teachers have other things scheduled while their students are participating in the enrichment classes.
Commissioner Warren Taylor and Dr. Cox discussed the proposed schedule and the need to look at the schedule to cut out extra teachers.† Dr. Cox talked about this schedule is based on a teacher/student ratio, looking at the teacher/student ratio and the two teams of three teachers works well.
Commissioner Warren Taylor and Dr. Cox talked about decreased enrollment after the middle school is in place.†
Dr. Cox further talked about
Dr. Cox and Clarence Crouse explained
Susan Murphy stated that
Charles Joines talked about receiving monies for the out-of-the-county children.
Besty Dillon talked about a lot of this report has come from the teachers, and they have worked very hard on this project.
Charles Joines talked about having given the Board of Commissioners a considerable size program to deliberate.
Commissioner Ken Richardson stated his confidence in the School Board and in the public.† He further stated the need to have a good organized presentation to all of the communities for the November ballot.† He talked about number differences from what was presented at the three schools last year.
Dr. Cox talked about if the middle
school is built, the number of students would go down at
Commissioner Ken Richardson stated that
if a middle school is built everyone shouldnít forget about
Faron Atwood talked about this project is about the kids county-wide instead of at one school or another.
Charles Joines talked about doing
projects now at
Commissioner Ken Richardson stated that the Board of Education thinks they have given the Board of Commissioners a problem, and he doesnít see it that way.† He stated that he has supported every school project for the last 20 years.† He talked about this has to be sold to the voters.
Clarence Crouse talked about looking toward the future and planning for the short term as well as the long term.
Commissioner Warren Taylor talked about this project should meet the needs of the school system for 15-20 years.
Missey Weaver talked about
Commissioner Graylen Blevins talked
about letting the bond issue go forward and supporting it 100%.† He further talked about the elected officials
need to put everything aside, find the best way to meet the mandates now and
face tomorrow then.† He explained that
the future is bigger than
Charles Joines talked about having vocational classes offered at a middle school.
Commissioner Graylen Blevins talked about needs on the vocational side as well as the technical side.
Faron Atwood pointed out that they canít give each elementary school the same opportunities as what a middle school could offer.
Charles Joines gave an example of a wood-working class.
Chair Eldon Edwards expressed his appreciation to everyone who has worked on this project.
Chair Eldon Edwards and Dr. Cox reviewed the capital numbers of $9,055,750 and the recurring costs of $887,500.
Chair Eldon Edwards explained that he is concerned about the Countyís debt service if this project goes forward.
Chair Eldon Edwards talked about adding this to the current needs in the county.
Commissioner Warren Taylor asked about the costs to get a referendum on the ballot.
Faron Atwood and County Manager
Commissioner Ken Richardson talked about the property tax rate decreasing due to revaluation but with the same amount of money coming in.
Commissioner Warren Taylor stated that the County must publish the revenue-neutral tax rate next year regarding revaluation.
Dr. Cox talked about
Commissioner Graylen Blevins talked about the benefits of the second-home market.
Dr. Cox stated that he realizes that these are big numbers and there are areas that could be reduced without negatively impacting the program.† He talked about coming to a general agreement on the recurring costs before trying to sell the building.
Charles Joines agreed that the boards need to have an agreement about the recurring costs.
Dr. Cox talked about Union County charging impact fees for new construction to help assist paying for new schools.
Chair Eldon Edwards and Dr. Cox talked about that action must be approved by the General Assembly.
Commissioner Warren Taylor left at .
Chair Eldon Edwards stated that he supports the Alleghany County Schools, having good facilities and good staff but everyone also should look at the debt numbers.† He asked if the project fails to pass on the referendum, what do we do.
Dr. Cox stated that they would ask that question to the Commissioners, create a revised plan, reevaluate the entire plan and the needs being greater if the middle school doesnít pass.
Faron Atwood stated that he hates to see three-million-dollar patches for several years.
Clarence Crouse stated that they planned out as far as they could in regards to long-range plans.† He talked about having good, solid, strong long-range plans.
Besty Dillon stated that the staff should be appreciated for their work on the plans.
Commissioner Graylen Blevins talked about giving credit where credit is due.† He asked if this plan is the Cadillac version.
Missey Weaver stated no, this is the bare minimum.
Commissioner Graylen Blevins stated his appreciation for all of the hard work.
Charles Joines and Dr. Cox talked about
this plan isnít elaborate but there are places to cut like sharing the School
Resource Officer with
Commissioner Graylen Blevins talked about the money compared to putting the kids together being more beneficial than the money.
Joel Souther stated that the Board of Education supports all of the communities.† He talked about making the schools stronger.
Mike Edwards talked about this is placing the burden on the taxpayers.
Dr. Cox stated that this plan is for the 10 board members.† He talked about collectively supporting the plan.† He further talked about this is a lot of money and if a referendum is the route to go then that is the route to go.
Faron Atwood talked about both boards need to be together on this issue and everyone promote it to the community.
Clarence Crouse talked about the recurring costs is the first decision.
Chair Eldon Edwards reiterated that the report has been very beneficial.
The Board of Commissioners and Board of Education discussed dates, times and places for the next meeting.† They decided on April 10 at at the Board of Education conference room.
The Board of Education and Dr. Cox
thanked the Board of Commissioners,
Being no further business, Chair Eldon Edwards adjourned the Commissionersí meeting at .
Being no further business, Charles Joines adjourned the Board of Educationís meeting at .
Clerk to the Board