2017-10-19 / Front Page

Board gives go-ahead for construction of Welcome Mason campus sign project

Committee members of the Wel­come Mason sign project, a part of the Lincoln County Alumni As­sociation, were given the go-ahead to advance with the memorial arch by the board of education last week, after plans for construction were met with recent approval by Lincoln­ton’s city inspector.

Set to sit on the corner of Dallas Street and Ward Avenue at the for­mer site of Lincolnton High School, the signage is expected to read “The Welcome E. Mason Campus of Excellence,” in honor of the former educator’s lifetime of service.

In other business, Superintendent Dr. Samuel Light was happy to report that Lincoln County will be the recipient of the “Golden Radish Award” in Atlanta on October 31.

“It is an honorary award because it starts at an honorary level, and then as the program progresses you get a higher level. It is based on the school district purchasing and using locally grown or Georgia grown food items, as opposed to food items that you purchase from other states. Our food service is purchasing items from Georgia, not only trying to increase the freshness, but also to incorporate items that are locally grown,” Light said.

The superintendent added, “We are also lucky enough to have Chase McGill over at the high school trying to establish growing beds. There’s four of them in-between the high school/middle school cafeteria and the middle school hallway, where [the students] are growing veg­etables and they are going to have an opportunity to taste the flavor and enjoy them as well, which is a part of this Golden Radish Award as well. As we progress and serve more meals from local or Georgia grown sources then our award continues to go up, but I wanted the board and community to know that on October 31 Lincoln County will received the honorary Golden Radish Award.”

Additionally, the board discussed a non-resident enrollment request.

The members also approved May of 2018 to undergo board training with Wilkes County’s board of education.

The board also examined policies for revision, including “Consolidated Hearings Under IDEA and Section 504” (BCAEA 2), and “Homeless Children and Youth” (JBCA), along with policies for review, which included “Bids and Quotations” (DJED), and “Software License Agreement” (GBCD).

A vote regarding those policies will be taken at next month’s meet­ing.

As a part of public participation, board member Denise Freeman spoke briefly on what should be the protocol for delivering the evening’s agenda.

In other business, Director Kaye Bufford gave her monthly finance report, noting that 25 percent of the fiscal year is now complete.

“We’re a little low on the revenues at 18.25 percent, but I looked at last year’s and it was at 16.79 percent, so we’re well within the range of where we were last year,” Bufford said. “We only have about three percent of our local taxes collected, but I believe I got some kind of notice in the mail today, so perhaps those will start coming in. I think they’re due December 20, and people will start paying them in the next month or so, so that figure should improve.”

The director reported that ex­penditures were at 25.11 percent, because certain expenses and fees such as workers comp, insurances, software, and other items are due at the beginning of the fiscal year. Bufford added positively, however, that nothing is out of range, and that “everything looks reasonable for this time of year.”

“We have about $2.2 million in cash and CDs, and the fund equity is at $1.35 million, so the general fund looks pretty good for this time of year,” she said.

Segueing, Bufford reported that SPLOST collections for the month of September were $53,038.69, some $2,000 less than August’s collec­tions. She included that there was $368,127.21 in the SPLOST account, and that there was $201,725.12 in the bond tax account, totaling $569,852.33.

“We’re still within our budget on SPLOST, even if it’s lower than last month,” the director said. “On our summary, we went ahead and paid the bond interest that was due on October 1, but they like you to pay early so they can pay it out on October 1, so I paid it on September 29 – $435,012.50. I took part of it out of the SPLOST and part of it out of the bond tax.”

Regarding capital projects, Buf­ford noted that she added items that were approved at last month’s meeting to the list of projects. She also said that projects that have been completed include the shed for lawn­mower storage, and the press box roof repair, along with adding that demolition of the old agricultural building has begun.

She added that $97,424 is avail­able for future projects.

The next meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, November 14, beginning at 7 p.m. at the board office.

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