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School Committee Minutes – May 19, 2021

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19 May 2021


ATTENDEES: Commissioner members – Chairman Stoney Jackson, Bill Cary, Mike Cesarini, Rodney Journey, Brad Butler, Joseph Sutton and Judy Pruett; Others:  County Executive Melissa Greene, Other Commissioners – Harold Brooks, Larry Worsham, Rose Brown, Tracy Wilburn, Terry Harwell, Tommy Pollard, Tim Risner, Duane Jones, Joyce Woodard, Erin Curry, David Adams, David Wamble, Roger Reedy and Gayle Jones; Others:  Julie Phillips, Dr. Vicki Beard, Scott Stewart, Barry Hyatt, Steve Kelley , Beth Moore-Sumners and Nancy Griffin


Chairman Stoney Jackson opened the meeting; no prayer or pledge given due to being given in previous same day meeting.


Previous minutes of meeting were approved after motion by Rodney Journey and seconded by Bill Cary.




Budget Line Item (BLI) 21-22 143 Cafeteria Fund, federally funded.  Dr Beard mentioned returning to regular class rooms in the fall.  Noted by Beth Federal funds do not require local county government approval.  Bill Cary and with Rodney Journey seconding, the motion to send to the Budget Committee was approved.


BLI 21-22 177 Education Capital Projects – line reflects no  revenue income.  Will be depleted in a typical year.  Motion to send to Budget Committee by Rodney Journey, seconded by Brad Butler.  Motion approved.


BLI 21-22 178 Capital Project Line – Question on status renovation; Stephen Griffin of WOLD HFR has identified greater needs and is currently doing cost estimating.  Report will include all engineering costs plus total cost of the entire school system, inside and out.  Joseph Sutton made the motion to send to the budget committee, Bill Cary seconded.  Motion approved.


BLI 21-22 141 General Purpose School Fund Fund– Proposed budget has been approved by Giles County Board of Education (BoE).  Dr. Beard discussed the state’s 4% raise for teachers.  Several issues cause this not to be a 4% to all teachers; based on a state formula which does not account for all actual teachers within a local system nor any salary variation.  The BoE decided to provide a onetime bonus for all teachers and supervisors (bonuses do not affect the Maintenance of Effort BLIs).  Beth projects a $6M fund balance for the school.


Rodney Journey made a motion to send to budget, Bill Cary seconded.  Motion approved.


Some general questions:  Who determines how dollars are spent?  The BoE.  School needs 3 teachers to meet state standards, 2 certified PE teachers and 1 special ed.  Comment from Commissioner Cesarini:  State expected counties to ensure the 4% raise, to the extent using local funding.


Motion to send on to budget approved after motion by Rodney Journey and seconded by Brad Butler.


No old business.


New Business:  BoE having difficulty hiring bus drivers


Rodney Journey moved to adjourn.  Brad Butler seconded motion approved.