††††††††††† The Alleghany County Board of Commissioners and
Alleghany County Board of Education held a special meeting on
Vice-Chair Warren Taylor, Commissioner
Commissioner Warren Taylor opened the meeting for the Board of Commissioners at .
The Board of Education approved their agenda.
Superintendent Dr. Cox reviewed the purpose this meeting.
Charles Joines talked about needs at the other schools and their budget request will have two positions to start working on middle school curriculum.
Charles Joines stated that yes, it is a concern, and it is a concern about maxing out the Countyís borrowing abilities.
Commissioner Ken Richardson stated that it is cheaper to go the bond route in the long run.† He further stated decisions should be made about what needs to be done and then do it.
Commissioner Warren Taylor talked about looking at the needs at the other schools if a middle school doesnít go through.† He further talked about adding up those needs and there not being a lot of differences.† He asked if the middle school number could be reduced.
John Farrelly stated that his opinion is if the middle school concept is going to be done, then it needs to be done right and provide the things that are needed.
Commissioner Warren Taylor stated that he isnít questioning the middle school; he is asking about the teachersí schedule and reducing personnel.
John Farrelly explained the sample schedule and ways to reduce the student/teacher ratio.† He talked about looking elsewhere to save money.† He further talked about not cutting the project short.
Dr. Cox explained the 30-minute time blocks on the schedule and the activities that the teachers do during that timeframe.
Commissioner Warren Taylor asked if the $9,000,000 is a concrete number.
Dr. Cox stated that it is a good cost for a middle school.† He talked about some places to cut the fluff like sharing a School Resource Officer with the High School.
Commissioner Ken Richardson asked how
the Board of Education is going to address the needs at
Dr. Cox talked about the needs going down if a middle school is constructed.
Commissioner Ken Richardson gave examples of needs that the schools have regardless of the middle school idea.
The Board of Education stated that some of those issues will be addressed during the budget year.
Dr. Cox reviewed the prior handouts describing the project.
Commissioner Warren Taylor asked for reasons to do a bond.
Commissioner Warren Taylor stated that the Commissioners asked the Board of Education for a recommendation, and they are recommending a middle school.† He further stated that it sounds like there isnít any negotiating on the $9,000,000.
Betsy Dillon talked about having to add trailers at the schools to address some of the needs.† She gave an example of having three science labs versus one at a middle school is cheaper.
Commissioner Warren Taylor talked about the need to find other ways to finance this project other than property taxes.
Dr. Cox stated the need for both boards to have an understanding on the recurring costs before going with a COPs or a bond.
Commissioner Ken Richardson stated that the Commissioners must be very careful because they canít obligate future boards.† He talked about losing $60,000 of the lottery proceeds.
Clarence Crouse asked if anyone has received feedback from the public on this topic.
The Board of Commissioners and Board of Education shared the comments that they had received regarding the schools.
Charles Joines and Faron Atwood talked about going forward with the project instead of postponing it for a couple of years.
Commissioner Warren Taylor and Dr. Cox discussed this project is projected to address the schoolsí needs for 15 years.
Commissioner Warren Taylor asked about the projected numbers to maintain compared to building a middle school.† He stated that these numbers would be good for the public to have.
Commissioner Ken Richardson stated that
he supports the upgrades at
Commissioner Warren Taylor talked about how a property tax increase will affect citizens.
John Farrelly talked about the reasons for a middle school.
Missey Weaver talked about some parents have already visited middle schools in other counties.
The Board of Commissioners and Board of
Education discussed prior bonds failing in
Commissioner Ken Richardson stated that he recommends that the chairmen instruct their staff to make the appointment with the Local Government Commission in late May.
Charles Joines talked about reasons to have the referendum on the general election ballot.
Commissioner Warren Taylor asked how much money can be saved by doing bonds rather than COPs.
Commissioner Warren Taylor asked about setting another meeting before going to the Local Government Commission.
Dr. Cox reiterated the items that the Commissioners have questions about in order to answer them at the next meeting.
The Boards decided to meet on May 8 at at the Board of Educationís conference room.
Dr. Cox asked about beginning to consider what happens if the referendum doesnít pass and how to move forward instead of waiting until November to start working on an alternate plan.
Commissioner Warren Taylor stated that the Board of Commissioners canít make those decisions because they will have to be made by the Board of Education.
Faron Atwood and Dr. Cox talked about fixing the problems at the schools.
Charles Joines and Susan Murphy
discussed how the new addition at
Being no further business, Commissioner
Clerk to the Board