The Henry County Board of Commissioners held a joint meeting with the Henry County Board of Education at 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, January 25, 2007, at the Henry County Administration Building, 140 Henry Parkway, McDonough, Georgia.  Notice of this meeting was posted in the foyer of the Henry County Administration Building.  The Daily Herald was notified of this meeting.  Those present were:


            Henry County Board of Commissioners


            Jason T. Harper, Chairman

            Elizabeth “BJ” Mathis, Vice-Chairman/District II Commissioner

            Warren E. Holder, District I Commissioner

            Randy Stamey, District III Commissioner

            Reid A. Bowman, Sr., District IV Commissioner

Johnny B. Basler, District V Commissioner


            Rob Magnaghi, County Manager

            Shay Mahtis, County Clerk

            Patrick Jaugstetter, County Attorney

            Terry McMickle, Public Works Division Director

            Phyllis Schrader, Deputy County Manager

            Julie Hoover Ernst, Communications Director



            Henry County Board of Education


            Pam Nutt, Vice-Chairman/District I

            Brian Preston, District II

            Charles Vickery, District III

            Erik Charles, District IV

            Dr. Jack Parish, Superintendent



A.                 Call to Order


B.                 Acceptance of Agenda


Chairman Harper called the meeting to order.  Commissioner Mathis made a motion to amend the agenda to add the approval of an Ordinance amending Article I of Chapter 3-13 of the Code of Henry County; Commissioner Stamey seconded; and the motion passed unanimously.


C.        Recess for Dinner


(Note: The Recess for Dinner preceded the Acceptance of the Agenda. Accordingly the meeting continued past Item D: Reconvene to Item E: Items for discussion.)


D.        Reconvene


E.         Items for discussion


1.                  Education SPLOST Referendum:


The school system now adds new students at the rate of approximately three classrooms per week.  33 of 43 schools in Henry County will be above capacity when school begins in August 2007.


The projected enrollment for the school year 2011-2012 is 52,825 students.  Some of the options for addressing the exploding student growth in Henry County include, but are not limited to the following:

        • Building new schools
        • Adding permanent classrooms
        • Renting any available space
        • Implementing alternative scheduling options such as double sessions

The Henry County Board of Education has called for a continuation of a five-year, one-cent sales tax referendum to be held on March 20, 2007.  This sales tax will:

·        Raise $250,000,000 - $300,000,000

·        Allow non-property owners and others who live, work, visit, or shop in Henry County to share part of the cost of building new schools

·        Pay for the construction projects that will build approximately 500 to 600 additional classrooms

The proposed projects for SPLOST program are:

·        One new high school

·        Two new middle schools

·        Four new elementary schools

·        Classroom additions at existing schools

·        Renovation and expansion of current Henry County High School

·        Renovations, repairs, and improvements at existing schools

·        Land acquisition for school sites

·        Technology enhancements for all schools

·        Purchase of additional school busses

·        An additional high school and an additional elementary school as funding is available

2.                  Road Projects associated with the schools

a.       Bethlehem Elementary – a road has been built on each side of the stream at Bethlehem Bottoms.  A quote permit has been submitted to the Georgia Department of Transportation.  Bidding for this project will begin before the permit is obtained in order to start the project immediately after obtaining the permit.  SPLOST staff is working expeditiously to complete the project before the school opens.  

b.      Woodland School – The North Moseley Road project is projected to be completed ahead of schedule.

c.       Timberidge Elementary – The turn lane was completed before the school opened in January, 2007.  Georgia Department has been contacted regarding signage in the area.  The County is awaiting permits from the State to address the concerns.

d.      Ola Schools – A Notice to Proceed was given to the contractor for the North Ola Road signalization project.

e.       Walnut Creek Elementary – A section of the McDonough Parkway (east of Hwy. 42) has been completed in front of the school.

f.        Locust Grove Middle & High Schools – South Ola Road project is complete.  An intersection was configured in the project and when this intersection warrants a traffic signal it would be installed without having to reconfigure the intersection with turn lanes.

3.                  Refund on tax collection fees – Rob Magnaghi, County Manager, presented the Board of Education with a check in the amount of $523,874.88 for reimbursement for tax collection fees.

4.                  District 4 Appointment to the Library Board – Commissioner Bowman made the motion to appoint Mr. Al Bowen; Commissioner Holder seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

5.                  Setting the date for the next joint meeting – The next meeting is scheduled for April 26, 2007 at 6:30 p.m. at the Board of Education Administration Building.

6.                  An Ordinance to amend article I of Chapter 3-13 of the Henry County Code – Commissioner Mathis made the motion to amend an Ordinance regarding prohibiting the excavation and/or removal of historical artifacts and/or relics from any county property; Commissioner Basler seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

7.                  Adjournment – Commissioner Mathis made the motion to adjourn; Commissioner Stamey seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.