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Commission vote next for OC school budgets

Commission vote next for OC school budgets
By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
The Obion County School System’s budgets for the next fiscal year will be headed to the Obion County Commission for consideration.
The budgets for the Gen-eral Purpose School Fund and Central Cafeteria Fund were approved by the Obion County School Board during its session Monday night at Obion County Cen-tral High School.
Obion County Director of Schools David Huss said the budgets will now proceed to the county commission for an up or down vote. The budgets were recently presented to the county’s budget committee, which voted to present them to the full county commission for consideration at its August session next Monday.
Huss said the budgets were prepared “to further school board goals, the district’s mission and our district’s beliefs.”
He said in preparing the budgets for the 2011-12 fiscal year, the school system was confronted by an extremely recessed economy, as well as the standard inflationary adjust-ments, while revenues from local, state and federal governments continue to decline.
“In preparing the General Purpose School Fund budget, academics was first and foremost, with our main goals of maintaining reasonable and affordable pupil-teacher ratios,” he told board members. “In addition, the budget focuses on student and teacher success.”
Within the current year budget, 61⁄2 administrative/instructional positions and two educational assistant positions were eliminated.
In other action during Monday night’s brief meeting, which was opened with prayer led by board member Fritz Fussell, the board:
• Approved a consent agenda that included a monthly personnel report, financial reports, report of assignment of board-owned vehicles and technology equipment declared sur-plus.
The personnel report noted the hiring of OCCHS teacher Daniel Johnston; the resignations of South Fulton Elementary teacher Alicia Jackson, OCCHS teachers Vicki Crenshaw, Terrance Moore and Pam Kangelos, Hillcrest Elementary teacher Mike Beadles and Ridgemont Elementary cafeteria worker Nena Davidson and educational assistant Merany Norrid; the retirements of Hillcrest educational assistant Joyce Dodson and transportation employee Martha Roney; and leaves of absence for OCCHS teacher Suzanne Hill and South Fulton Elementary educational assistant Dawn Robertson.
• Approved the Tennessee School Nutrition Standards Act certification of compliance for the 2011-12 school year.
• Approved a request from South Fulton High School’s baseball program to construct new dugouts and a new backstop for the baseball field. Funds for the construction are available through prior fundraising activities and the South Fulton Booster Club.
• Accepted a low bid of $12,500 from Dale and Dale for 119 full-size student lockers for OCCHS and SFHS.
• Approved additional School Federal Projects subfund budgets for the next fiscal year. They included a 21st Century Community Learning Grant for SFES and a Carl Perkins Reserve Grant for the new health occupations curriculum to be offered at SFHS.
• Was reminded by Huss that county schools begin classes Aug. 17. It will be preceded by in-service which begins today at OCCHS.
• Expressed appreciation to community volunteers and faculty members for their recent work on Hillcrest Elementary’s softball field and OCCHS’ new band practice field, as well as to the school system’s teachers and staff for their continued outstanding efforts in educating the county’s students. Board member Willis Easley said the staff is worth all the money — and more — the board can afford to give.
Published in The Messenger 8.9.11

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