Summer is here and parents have their kids at home for the next several weeks. While the kids are out for fun in the sun, the school board and their staff are still hard at work preparing for when the kids return to the classrooms in the fall. There are some major improvements and updates coming this year, all to benefit the kids here in Troup County. This past Thursday night, June 15th, the School Board held their regularly scheduled meeting in order to adopt several pieces of business for the coming weeks and months.
The most important item that was handled that night was the official adoption of the FY 17-18 General Fund Budget. The budget has been worked and re-worked several times this year to get the optimal numbers. In the end, the general fund breaks down with an expected $105,651,972 in revenues for the school system and expenditures expected to total $108,951,972. The board also approved the food budget with expected revenues and expenditures of $7,003,000 and $6,589,693 respectively.
At that nights meeting, the next order of business was the approval of the several curriculum purchases. These included a software renewal in the amount of $94,307.50 to SchoolCity, Inc. for the assessment software subscription and license for July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018, Virtual Reality Google Expeditions Zoom Kits for each secondary campus at a total cost of $69,993.00, math consumables for Kindergarten – 2nd Grades at a total cost of $109,962.57 from Great Minds, and a Reading Inventory from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the amount of $135,567.00.
Mrs. Sequita Freeman held a presentation that night over something that has been hotly talked about in recent months, that being the retention of teachers in the Troup County School System. Her report will be covered in a separate, more in depth article. The board also approved all of the requested human resources matters that night.
Under the financial report and along with the adoption of the budgets, there were also some annual service agreement renewals including the Infinite Campus – annual license agreement, online registration, and seat maintenance for FY18 in the amount of $110,502.00 and the BB& T Insurance – provide athletic medical insurance for FY18 in the amount of $88,246.00 (rates will remain unchanged for student participants).
The board also set dates for the public hearing over the Millage Rate, stating that “State law requires that three public hearings be advertised and held prior to setting a millage rate if the spending plan would call for an increase in the number of local tax dollars collected above the rollback millage rate. The Board will be asked to set the millage rate to support the budget on Monday, July 17, 2017 after the third public hearings” These dates for public hearing are Monday, July 10th, 10:00 am at Hogansville Elementary School, Monday, July 10th, 6:00 pm at West Point Elementary School, and Monday, July 17th, 6:30 pm at Administrative Services Center. Also under the financial report, the board approved a purchase to Hutchinson Traylor Insurance for the amount not to exceed $385,000.00, contracting them to serve as the liability and automobile insurance carrier for FY2018. There were several items under the operations report that night, the first being the approval of several operations purchases including the Destiny Library Manager for $45,733.52 from Follett School Solutions for all Troup County School System media centers, replacing the carpet tile in the Berta Weathersbee Elementary School gymnasium with Rexcourt gym flooring from LW Richardson Flooring, LLC at a cost of $37,777.00, classroom furniture for Berta Weathersbee Elementary School in the amount of $133,945.00 from Ernie Morris Enterprises, Inc., contract MC’s Painting & Decorating, Inc. to paint the interior of Berta Weathersbee Elementary School for a cost of $84,867.00, and contracting Decorative Designs to replace the carpet tile in 7th Grade classrooms at Callaway Middle School with VCT tile flooring at a cost of $69,156.15.
There was also board approval on RA-LIN & Associates Construction Company as the Construction Manager at Risk for construction of the New Athletic Facility at Troup County Comprehensive High School for a fee of 9.5% plus pre-construction services of $30,000.00, the executing of Amendment #2 with the COMPASS Group (Chartwells) for food service management services, and approval of the purchase of media center furniture for Gardner Newman Middle School from Ernie Morris Enterprises (chairs, tables, parts in the amount of $51,763.31 and shelving in the amount of $28,809.76).