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School Board Has Short Meeting

Monday night’s meeting of the Jeff Davis County Board of Education was a short one as the board members present (Andy Ramay was not at the meeting) quickly disposed of the bulk of the agenda before going into closed session to discuss personnel.
There was one rarity at Monday’s meeting — a split vote. The board voted 5-1 to approve an update to Policy IDE(3) Competitive Interscholastic Activities, Grades 6-12, as Board Chairman Roger Ogilvie voted against the update but gave no explanation for his nay vote.
The board adopted a spending resolution to enable the school system to expend funds until the 2021-2022 budget gets final approval. Finance Director Betty Corbitt explained that the new tax digest has not yet been finalized so the budget in August is based on an estimate of taxes to be received.
Corbitt also said the 2002-2021 year was 100% complete with the board receiving 106.96% of anticipated revenues and had spent 98.63% of anticipated expenditures.
In her Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST) update, Corbitt said ESPLOST revenues were averaging just over $223,000 per month.
Following the closed session, the board ….
…. approved a technology salary scale.
…. okayed the FY 2022 revised extra-curriculum supplements.
…. accepted the resignations of Kade Poole, Michelle Humphrey and Heather Williams.
…. hired high school math teacher Lauren Ashley Garrett, primary school 49% ESOL teacher Suzanne Coleman, bus drivers Labreeska Barfield, Matthew Walsh and Cynthia Stephens, school nutrition assistant Angela Dykes, floater substitute SNP assistant Linda Hutchinson, and custodians Ericka Strickland, Amanda Porch, Gavin Hughes, Heather Groff and Jacob Ward.

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