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 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

          Johnny B. Basler, District V Commissioner

          (Commissioner Stamey and Commissioner Bowman were absent)


          Rob Magnaghi, County Manager

          Shay Mahtis, County Clerk

          Patrick Jaugstetter, County Attorney

          Terry McMickle, Public Works Division Director

          Phyllis Schrader, Deputy County Manager



          Henry County Board of Education


          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.)


D.      Reconvene


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.

§        Henry County High School is currently undergoing renovations and expansions.

§        Clearing and grubbing has begun at the site for the Locust Grove High School and Middle School.

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 purchased on South Unity Grove Road for an elementary school to be named Wolf Creek Elementary and is proposed to open 2010.

4.     Safe Routes to School (BOC – Presenter:  Cheri Matthews, Transportation Planning Director)

Commissioner Mathis instructed staff to try and find funding for sidewalks at some of the schools in Henry County.  The State of Georgia has a State Routes to School Program and the State of Georgia received $16 million for 2005 through 2009.  In September there will be a call for projects were counties can apply for funding to develop a State Route to School Plan.  There has to be a plan before you can apply for infrastructure improvements.  You can apply for up to $100,000.00 per school and up to ten applications can be submitted.

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 Jonesboro Road.

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.