Floyd BOE meets to­day

♦ Floyd County BOE breaks ground on new Ar­muchee gym and holds monthly meet­ing

Rome News-Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - By John Popham JPopham@RN-T.com

The Floyd Board of Ed­u­ca­tion will meet tonight fol­low­ing the ground­break­ing of the new Ar­muchee High School gym at 4:30 p.m.; the cau­cus will be held at 5 p.m. in the Ar­muchee High School’s data room fol­lowed by the reg­u­lar meet­ing in the me­dia cen­ter.

The board mem­bers will be break­ing for a closed ses­sion to dis­cuss per­son­nel changes at 5:30 p.m. and will call the monthly meet­ing to or­der at 6:00 p.m.

The big agenda item sched­uled for tonight is the end­ing of the Com­mu­nity El­i­gi­bil­ity Pro­gram by the end of the cal­en­dar year which cur­rently pro­vides free break­fast and lunch to all en­rolled stu­dents with­out any ap­pli­ca­tions. If the pro­gram ends, school lunch prices will be $2.25 for el­e­men­tary stu­dents, $2.50 for mid­dle and high school stu­dents start­ing Jan­uary 1st. Stu­dents can still ap­ply for a free lunch pro­gram if the school board stops CEP, how­ever, no dead­line or guide­lines have been set by the school board yet. Ditch­ing the pro­gram will save county schools money. Fi­nan­cial records show they

have used about 15.5 per­cent of their bud­get for school food ser­vices as of the end of Oc­to­ber.

The school board re­ported that adopt­ing the fed­eral free meal pro­gram cost them $500,000 and if the pro­gram is kept they are on track to lose the just as much this school year. The school was sup­posed to be re­im­bursed for the free meals it gave out as long as the per­cent­age of stu­dents el­i­gi­ble stays above 40 per­cent. The per­cent­age of stu­dents who qual­i­fied for the pro­gram with­out sub­mit­ting an ap­pli­ca­tion was around 42 per­cent when the pro­gram first started, now it has dropped be­low 36 per­cent. The soft­ware to track these stu­dents is no longer avail­able and if the per­cent­age once again goes up again the school board will more than likely re­in­state the free lunch and break­fast pro­gram.

The Floyd Board of Ed­u­ca­tion was orig­i­nally sup­posed to vote on this is­sue at Oc­to­ber’s meet­ing; how­ever it was de­cided to move the vote to Novem­ber’s meet­ing in or­der to give board mem­bers a chance to fa­mil­iar­ize them­selves with the topic. The board may vote to keep the pro­gram if rea­son is found to keep it; oth­er­wise the CEP pro­gram will be ter­mi­nated at the end of the cal­en­dar year.

Also on the agenda for tonight’s meet­ing will be fa­cil­i­ties up­date with re­ports be­ing given on the var­i­ous con­struc­tion projects that are be­ing com­pleted by the county school sys­tem. Test scores will be an­other fo­cus since Floyd County Schools re­cently re­ceived recog­ni­tion for county test scores ex­ceed­ing state av­er­ages in­clud­ing the Col­lege and Ca­reer Ready Per­for­mance In­dex. Changes in per­son­nel will be dis­cussed first in closed ses­sion pre­ced­ing the school board meet­ing, but the re­sults are ex­pected to be re­vealed dur­ing the meet­ing.

Lastly the board will re­view first read­ings of pol­icy up­dates for sick leave and em­ployee dis­missal poli­cies. The changes will fo­cus on long-term sick leave and how con­tract em­ploy­ees can ap­peal if they are dis­missed.

Two Floyd County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion mem­bers are up for re-elec­tion to­day in the mid-term race and both are run­ning un-ap­posed. Chip Hood from Dis­trict one and Tony Daniel of Dis­trict four are both on the Floyd County bal­lot with no com­pe­ti­tion.

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