The Henry County Board of
Commissioners held a joint meeting with the Henry County Board of Education at
6:30 p.m., on Thursday, July 26, 2007, at the
Jason T. Harper, Chairman
Warren E. Holder, District I Commissioner
Johnny B. Basler, District V Commissioner
(Commissioner Stamey and Commissioner Bowman were absent)
Terry McMickle, Public Works Division Director
Phyllis Schrader, Deputy County Manager
Pam Nutt, Vice-Chairman/District I
Brian Preston, District II
Charles Vickery, District III
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 approve the agenda; Commissioner Basler seconded. The motion carried 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.)
E. Items for discussion between the Henry County Board of Education and the Henry County Board of Commissioners
1. Updates on school construction projects (BOE)
§ Dr. Parish, Superintendent of Schools stated school will begin on Aug. 6th and there will be five new schools opening this year. Three of the schools are at the Woodland Complex, and the other two are Walnut Creek Elementary and Bethlehem Elementary.
§ Currently under construction and proposed to open in 2008 are Tussahaw Elementary and Rock Springs Elementary.
grubbing has begun at the site for the
2. Update on student enrollment for the 2007-08 school year (BOE)
§ When school starts student enrollment is projected to be approximately 40,000 students.
3. Recent Land Purchases for School Sites (BOE)
§ The Board of Education recently purchased 166 acres located on Hampton-Locust Grove Road which will be the site for three schools; Hampton High School, Hampton Middle School and Rocky Creek Elementary. The middle school and high school are projected to open in 2011 and the elementary school to open 2010.
39 acres was
4. Safe Routes to School (BOC Presenter: Cheri Matthews, Transportation Planning Director)
Mathis instructed staff to try and find funding for sidewalks at some of the
First the schools have to be identified that warrant improvements as far as safety concerns. They ask that 10% of the students that attend the school live within two miles of the school and that 2% of the students currently walk or ride bicycles to school.
In September there will be a workshop and following the workshop there will be a call for applications and the County will have to decide which schools to develop a plan for. If our schools are selected we will have one year to develop the plan. After the plan is developed, $500,000.00 will be available for implementation of the plan. The implementation can be installing sidewalks, public awareness, campaigns, and making the media aware of the promotion to having safe and walkable communities.
The program is a Federally Funded program with no local match and has to be done jointly with the Board of Education and the Board of Commissioners.
This program is available for schools Kindergarten thru 8th grades.
5. Other topics for Discussion
§ Update on North Ola a signal is proposed to be installed and in operation by the first day of school
A signal permit
has been obtained for the intersection of North Mt. Carmel and
F. Set date for next joint meeting
The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 18th at the Board of Education.
G. Adjourn Commissioner Mathis made the motion to adjourn; Commissioner Basler seconded. The motion carried unanimously.