Betty Cornet - Vice-Chair
Donnie Dowell- members of said Board and
L. Sealover-County Administrator
C. Scott-Assistant County Administrator
Underwood -Executive Secretary
of Public Schools Dr. Mike Basham, addressed the Board regarding
funding for the schools to provide better technology and
a brighter future for our children.
Dr. Basham reviewed the past school years' accomplishments
that were made possible from funding provided by the County.
These accomplishments included an increase in music
and art in the elementary and middle school levels and other
services and programs.
The Coeburn Primary School, the Adams Combined School
and the Wise Primary School projects have all been completed
and well accepted by the citizens.
He stated that in this year's budget, the major impact
was the debt service for building projects for an amount
of $651,300.00. The School Board originally asked for $12.2 million to fund
these projects but the projects were completed at $11.7
million. As in the past, the lottery and the school construction
money will be used 50% for operations, 35% for capital outlay,
and 15% for debt service.
He stressed the fact that there are many needs and
upgrades in the schools.
With no word on the State Budget, no new initiatives
have been instituted for this coming year.
Several adjustments within the budget was reviewed
for which the School has absorbed the cost.
proposed budget reflects a 3% pay increase for all school
employees, an increase for substitute teacher pay, an increase
for beginner pay scale for bus drivers, and increased travel
from 24 cents to 28 cents.
He asked for level funding of the school budget to
enable the programs and services to continue for our children.
To continue these services and programs for the schools,
will require an additional amount of money in local funds
in the amount of $1,464,900.00 of which $813,600.00 is for
total proposed budget from all sources is
Finance Advisor Greg Perry presented a detailed review by
line item of the proposed school budget with brief comments
from Board members.
Mullins stated that he has changed his mind about the redistricting
change that he proposes would require swapping out Hamilton
Town for Exeter and would only change district 1.
He asked whether or not there would be sufficient
time to do another advertisement or whether or not both
public hearings could be held at the same time.
Mullins advised that she had spoken to the Department of
Justice yesterday and they encouraged the County to expedite
its decision on the redistricting due to the time restraint
on meeting the requirements if changes were to be made.
was some discussion on the legality of making changes to
a public hearing that has already been advertised.
was also noted that a member was absent from the meeting
and a previous agreement was made that no action would be
taken on a matter unless everyone was present.
Mullins noted that there would be sufficient time for another
public hearing if the Board were to act at the next meeting.
further discussion, a motion was made by Betty Cornett,
seconded by Jeff Salyers, to adjourn the meeting.
The motion was unanimously approved.
WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS