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Board discusses confusing advertisements

At Monday night’s Board of Education meeting, board members discussed the confusion created by advertisements the school system ran in last week’s edition of the Ledger.
The wording in the advertisements was, indeed, confusing. But that wording was dictated to school officials and they were required by law to use the wording, no matter how confusing it was.
“We’re not allowed to make any changes in the wording,” Finance Director Betty Corbitt told the board. [See story elsewhere on this page]
The state also dictates to the board what size those advertisements must be and prohibits school officials from running the advertisements in the legal section of the newspaper.
School Superintendent Dr. Chris Roppe passed out information to the board members to help clarify the confusion and explain why the tax revenues would increase despite the board levying the same millage rate this year as they did last year.
After looking over the information and hearing explanations by Dr. Roppe and Mrs. Corbitt, board member Andy Ramay said, “So you will pay the same amount this year as you did last year.”
Referencing the wording in the advertisements, board member David Miller said it was confusing to the public. That’s when Mrs. Corbitt explained that the state does not allow any changes to be made in the wording.
The board heard a report from School Nutrition Department (SNP) Director Alisa Jones who said the SNP is self-sustaining, received emergency operation cost reimbursements, will serve Thanksgiving meals this year, is having food and supply shortages, has ordered new equipment to be paid for with CARES Act funds, and is experiencing staff shortages.
The board also heard from Architect Scott Fry who gave an update on renovations and modifications at the elementary school. He said a recommendation on hiring a construction manager will be made at the December board meeting and renovation plans call for replacing HVAC, replacing lights with LED lights, replacing bathroom floors and painting the building.
In other action, the board ….
…. heard from elementary school instructor Nannette Williams who recognized students Annablair King, Pierce Taylor, Chase Hulett, Ivan Gilbert, Blaise Lawson, Truitt McBride and Patrick Fitzwater. The students presented pictures and demonstrated projects they had worked on in their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) classes.
…. accepted the quote from L&T Inc. for a new bus shop fuel system at a cost of $42,395.45.
…. accepted the resignations of Taylor Hughes and Garrett Harrison.
…. approved recommendations to hire elementary school math teacher Izell Stephens, school nutrition assistants Miranda Rowland and Patricia Hawkins, mechanic Anthony Hatton, and custodians Paige Thomas, Elaine Mincey, Debra Mincey, Taylor Thomas, Layla Brinkley and Janie Groff Dixon.

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