County Board of Commissioners reconvened the recessed budget meeting from
Present: County—Chair Eldon Edwards, Vice-Chair Warren
Board of Education—Board Members;
Charles Joines, Clarence Crouse, Betsy Dillon and Sonia Joines. Staff; Duane Davis, Janice Linker, Phil
Howell, Barbara Lyon, Susan Murphy, Gary West, John Farrelly,
Chair Eldon Edwards called the meeting to order at .
Duane Davis discussed the format of the Board of Education’s budget request. He stated that he and the school personnel would explain their requests in detail today. He presented data about the successful school year that Alleghany County Schools has experienced. He reviewed the budget process and goals throughout the school system.
Susan Nilo discussed that the school
system acquired a low-interest loan last year to purchase technological
equipment. She explained that the
equipment is only one of the components of technology. She reviewed items in the budget that make a
difference in the technology; additional facilitator and increase in fees for
Commissioner Warren Taylor and Susan Nilo discussed the length of the prior contract, current contract of 100 hours per month for $48,000 per year and the benefit of the Blue Ridge BDC services.
Janice Linker explained Ms. Nilo’s job duties in relation to how she is helping the teachers in the classroom.
Chair Eldon Edwards, Duane Davis and Janice Linker discussed legislative issues including the More at Four program and the No-Child Left Behind program.
Duane Davis discussed the larger classes that have been coming through the elementary schools and will be going to the high school next year. He explained how the high school has lost positions in the past few years.
Barbara Lyons explained how many teachers have been lost and the need for the additional teachers due to increased enrollment.
Commissioner Warren Taylor, Duane Davis
Kim Elliott and Joe Honeycutt discussed the advantages of the AP courses, Channel 50 and the cyber campus programs.
Susan Murphy discussed the increased
enrollment of the upcoming kindergarten class at
Gary West discussed that the assistant
John Farrelly discussed the athletics programs that are growing, the addition of new sports and the things that have been completed in the past year.
Duane Davis discussed recruiting teachers from other areas and the need for the supplement for new teachers.
Betsy Dillon reiterated the issues of keeping the teachers here and recruiting new teachers to this area. She talked about the need for the supplement.
Susan Murphy talked about the number of teachers that will be retiring in the next four to five years.
Phil Howell, Betsy Dillon and Charles Joines discussed issues that the School system has in recruiting new teachers.
Duane Davis talked about addressing the pay schedule for the athletic coaches.
Brenda Sutherland discussed the study that was completed in the Spring that ranks the pay for these coaches in relation to other counties’ coaches.
Kim Elliott discussed the staff development issues that have been cut by the State making the school system ask for the additional money from the County.
Duane Davis discussed the additional mandates concerning school bus drivers having an additional license endorsement.
Phil Howell explained the how the license fees are increasing due to the mandates and how it affects all of the drivers including all part-time drivers.
Chair Eldon Edwards declared a brief recess at .
Duane Davis started to discuss the capital outlay issues.
Susan Murphy addressed guttering issues
Barbara Lyon addressed the roofing issues at the high school including several leaks through the building. She stated that the current roof was installed in 1967.
Gary West and Phil Howell discussed the air-conditioning units to be placed into service at Glade Creek and the price of air-conditioning units.
Susan Nilo talked about capital needs concerning technology.
Kim Elliott addressed needs including calculators, library books, Science materials and consumable math materials and math workbooks.
Phil Howell talked about the need of
replacing the kitchen equipment at
Barbara Lyon discussed the need for a timing device for the swim team meets in order to compete better.
Duane Davis stated that they would look at this option.
Duane Davis discussed the continuing needs for the Channel 50 cable station. He gave examples of how Channel 50 can increase the public’s awareness of public meetings and activities. He explained a ½ time position is being requested to assist in this area. He stated that this request is not included in their budget, but they wanted to bring it to the Commissioners’ attention.
Duane Davis talked about the facility
needs of the school system especially the needs at
Phil Howell discussed additional programming that has been added at the schools. He discussed Piney Creek’s facility needs, the lack of space and new mandates about State testing.
Phil Howell explained that the school system has worked on projections concerning the facility needs for the next five years.
Gary West stated the additional
programs and facility needs at
Susan Murphy stated the additional
programs and facility needs at
The Board of Commissioners stated that they would like to see some definite long-range plans on the facility needs.
Duane Davis talked about how they are going to function starting in August for the 2004-2005 school year for a short-term fix. He explained the process of creating a long-range plan. He reviewed some of the ideas that have been discussed to address long-range solutions. He stated that the Board of Education is recommending purchasing the Springford building and renovating the building for the school system.
Charles Joines explained how the Springford building is a permanent long-term solution for the entire school system.
Susan Murphy stated that they have not had the opportunity to visit the facility until about a month ago. She explained the classes and activities that they thought could be moved to the Springford building. She stated that as a school system, they think there are enough facility needs to fill the building.
Chair Eldon Edwards and Duane Davis discussed offering a purchase price for the Springford building and where the money will come from for the purchase.
Commissioner Warren Taylor discussed
the architectural work that was completed first at
Chair Eldon Edwards stated that he agrees that both boards need to get together to create a plan and work with an architect to gather price information.
Commissioner Warren Taylor stated that the Commissioners doesn’t take education lightly and reviews the school’s budget at great detail. He stated that the Board will take the information presented today and have more budget meetings before anything is decided.
Clarence Crouse stated that this space issue has arrived recently; therefore, the Board of Education hasn’t had the time to create a long-range plan. He talked about the need to look at designing a facility that serves as a multi-purpose facility rather than locking into one type of facility use.
Chair Eldon Edwards talked about the need for long-range planning.
Charles Joines talked about agreeing with the comments that have been made at this meeting. He said he thinks that the school system doesn’t have the money to have an architectural study completed.
Duane Davis talked about not having the time or money to create a major architectural study on the facility. He further talked about the advantages of purchasing the building now rather than completing a long-range plan and then the building not be available for the planned use.
Charles Joines agreed with the
Charles Joines and Duane Davis stated that currently there isn’t any property available for a new facility. Mr. Davis reiterated the fact of the short-range and long-range problems. He asked that the Commissioners look at the School system’s budget.
Chair Eldon Edwards stated that he thinks the Boards need to work together to get this issue resolved.
Charles Joines stated that he
Chair Eldon Edwards reminded everyone
that there is a public hearing scheduled on proposed budget for
Chair Eldon Edwards thanked everyone for coming to this meeting.
Chair Eldon Edwards recessed the
meeting at until
Clerk to the Board