Floyd BOE looks at bud­get, projects and teach­ers of year

Rome News-Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - By John Popham [email protected]

The Floyd County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion met for their fi­nal 2018 meet­ing Tues­day night with up­dates on cur­rent projects, next year’s and recog­ni­tion of the sys­tem’s teach­ers of the year.

With the cal­en­dar year end­ing, board mem­bers fo­cused some on plan­ning for the 20192020 school year’s bud­get. The vast ma­jor­ity of the school sys­tems fund­ing comes from state or lo­cal prop­erty tax. Un­for­tu­nately, since stu­dent num­bers have de­clined, rev­enue dol­lars from the state will also de­cline, said Greg Stud­dard, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of fi­nance for FCS. He pro­jected a loss of about a mil­lion dol­lars in rev­enue while ex­penses will stay the same. This means board mem­bers will have to look at how to raise that money back or if they need to cut some­thing.

“We are go­ing to look where our sav­ings were,” Su­per­in­ten­dent Jeff Wil­son said.

Wil­son added this is some­thing the board will look care­fully at in the bud­get as they plan next year’s bud­get at up­com­ing re­treats and fu­ture board meet­ings.

Rainy weather has de­layed full com­ple­tion on a hand­ful of projects un­der­way across the sys­tem, Deputy Su­per­in­ten­dent April Childers said. Pep­perell Pri­mary’s drainage project and Ar­muchee High School’s new gym are over 90 per­cent com­plete with work­ers wait­ing on dry ground to com­pletely fin­ish the projects. Mean­while abate­ment has been com­pleted on the Mid­way build­ing, and the board is work­ing with the county to set a date for de­mo­li­tion.

The board also voted Tues­day to use the cur­rent Pep­perell Mid­dle School site for the con­struc­tion of the new mid­dle school which will be­gin in sum­mer 2019.

Board mem­bers also rec­og­nized 19 teacher of the year re­cip­i­ents for out­stand­ing per­for­mance at their var­i­ous schools. Zach Men­dence was rec­og­nized as Pep­perell Ele­men­tary School’s Teacher of the Year, Floyd County Schools’ Ele­men­tary Teacher of the Year and Floyd County Schools’ 2019 Sys­tem Teacher of the Year. The re­cip­i­ents were handed their cer­tifi­cates by their dis­trict board mem­ber while a brief video played giv­ing back­ground to the teach­ers’ work.

Also rec­og­nized at Tues­day night’s board meet­ing was Abbi Shet­ter, a dual-en­roll­ment se­nior from Pep­perell High School who has com­pleted all grad­u­a­tion re­quire­ments through the Floyd Tran­si­tional Academy. Shet­ter will walk with her fel­low Pep­perell High stu­dents in May, but in the mean­time will con­tinue her 12 hours of course work with Ge­or­gia High­lands earn­ing col­lege credit along the way.

The fi­nal things dis­cussed at the board meet­ing were up­dates to the to­bacco pol­icy and dress code. Vape pens and Juul pods, both types of nico­tine de­vices, have been added to the to­bacco pol­icy at FCS, ban­ning them from cam­puses and us­ing them will have the same pun­ish­ments as other to­bacco prod­ucts. An up­date to the dress code pol­icy was also added, ban­ning hats sport­ing pro­fan­ity as well as shorts with holes in them.

/ Floyd County Schools

Zach Men­dence (pic­tured far right) is rec­og­nized in front of his stu­dents as Pep­perell Ele­men­tary School’s Teacher of the Year, Floyd County Schools’ Ele­men­tary Teacher of the Year and Floyd County Schools’ 2019 Sys­tem Teacher of the Year. He is stand­ing with Tony Daniels (from right next to Men­dence), BOE mem­ber for the Pep­perell dis­trict; April Childers, deputy su­per­in­ten­dent; John Parker, as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dent; and Pep­perell Ele­men­tary Prin­ci­pal Teri Pend­ley.

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