2017-08-03 / Front Page

approves booster club request to sell reserved parking for games

At the latest meeting of the Lin­coln County Board of Education, members approved selling reserved parking spots at Buddy Bufford Field as a part of an Athletic Booster Club fund raiser.

Up to 10 of the reserved spots – located right behind the home stands near the entrance – may be sold, which is in addition to four already existing reserved parking spaces.

In other business, the board voted to purchase a school bus that will replace a bus that was damaged in a wreck last year.

The board approved using the insurance payout of $92,000 for the purchase, which was just shy of meeting the necessary amount for the new bus purchase. The board likewise approved adding $7,000 to that amount to compensate for the shortage.

The board voted to surplus and destroy computer equipment that is seven-years-old and obsolete. The company in charge of destroying the equipment will likewise certify that all the machines have been wiped completely clean, and that the pro­cess was conducted safely.

All school classrooms have been equipped with new computers and equipment to replace what was removed.

Additionally, the athletic hand­book was approved for the new school year, along with a series of policies for revision, deletion, and review.

In other business, Finance Direc­tor Kaye Bufford gave her monthly report, stating, “This is the end of our fiscal year, but we’ll still make corrections for the next couple of months as we get invoices in that were payable as of June 30 and receivables that we collected back to the 2017 year.

“At the end of the year, as far as our revenues stand, we are at 101.4 percent, so we collected a little bit more than we projected,” she said.

Bufford reported that tax collec­tions were at 98.93 percent, and in-line with the budget, noting that “everything looks reasonable.”

Expenditures for the month of June were at 94.34 percent.

“There are some bills that have not come in, so that figure will change slightly as we accrue some of the invoices that we have that are connected to the June 30 ending date, but it does look like we’ll be under a little bit on the expenditures, so we’re in good shape as far as the 2017 year is concerned,” the direc­tor said.

According to Bufford, the fund balance is at $2.677 million, which is well over the $1.8 million listed on the amended budget, so “right now we’re looking at a healthier fund balance than what we had pro­jected at the beginning of the year and that’s a good thing,” she said.

After several months of low SPLOST collections, the director was happy to report that June’s in­take saw an increase at $59,000. For the year, $615,000 was collected, some $15,000 over the budgeted $600,000.

“We are still within our budget even though we did not collect as much as we did last year, and that’s probably, at least partly, because of the new car sales now not being in-sales tax that are in that title ad valorem tax,” Bufford said.

“Our SPLOST is ending. It goes in five-year cycles, and our SPLOST ended on June 30, but because [of­ficials] collect and then remit it to the state, usually about a month later we collect in July on what they call the ‘old SPLOST,’ so our SPLOST, which was actually the ’12-’17 SPLOST, will have one more month of collection that will show on this schedule,” Bufford explained. “What we get in July is actually June’s collection, and the new SPLOST actually started on July 1.”

Bufford reported that there is $249,463.78 in the SPLOST fund, and that there is $545,408.38 in the bond tax fund, totaling $794,872.16 for future bond and interest pay­ments.

In closing, Bufford reported that there is almost $36,000 available in capital projects for the 2018 fiscal year.

In other business, Career, Tech­nical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) Director Stephanie Jordan gave a brief presentation to update the board on the program.

After attending the 70th an­nual GACTE conference, Jordan explained, “the big push is to find out what industry is needing and carry that over into a high school level,” so that the gap between industries and high schools can be merged closer together.

Jordan discussed grants and fund­BOE ing, highlighted last year’s student achievements, along with other per­tinent items regarding the program, such as the work-based learning addition to the CTAE program.

Additionally, board member De­nise Freeman updated the rest of the board on her delegate assembly training, relaying several points of information.

After Executive Session, the board voted to hire new groundskee­ping and food service employees, as well as a new calculus teacher.

Discussion was also given to the reduction of federal funding for Title I and the possible elimination of funding for Title II programs.

The next meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, August 8, begin­ning at 7 p.m. at the board office.

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