The Henry County
Board of Commissioners held a Called Public Meeting with the Henry County Board
of Education at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 8, 2009, in the Community Room,
Board of Commissioners
Reid A. Bowman, Vice-Chairman, District IV Commissioner
Warren E. Holder, District I Commissioner
Commissioner Rick Jeffares, District II Commissioner
Randy Stamey, District III Commissioner
Johnny B. Basler, District V Commissioner
Board of Education
Ray Hudalla, Chairman, District V
Brian Preston, District II
Erik Charles, District IV
Michael Surma, Superintendent
Pam Nutt, Vice-Chairman, District I
Charles Vickery, District III
Also attending were Shay
Acceptance of Agenda
Mathis called the meeting to order and called for an acceptance of the
Commissioner Bowman made the motion to recess the meeting for diner; Commissioner Jefffares seconded. The motion carried 5-0-0.
Mr. Michael Surma, School
Superintendent, stated there is a great effort to bring
Academy for Advanced Studies Update
Ray Hudala, Chairman of the Board of Education stated there has been a
renovation project at
Students within the Henry County School System will have the advantage of taking joint enrollment classes with all three institutions. Currently there are 300 people enrolled in the Academy.
Financial State of Henry County Schools
Mr. Brian Preston, District II Board Member presented a power point presentation regarding the financial state of Henry County Schools. Mr. Preston stated the last year has been tough for everyone. The school system has taken some licks with the bond referendum not passing and the transportation issues.
The school systems Fiscal Year 2010 operating budget is $317,033,051.00. There are 40,652 students which means approximately $7,798 is being spent per pupil. This is $1,000 less than the State average. In public education you have to take every student that comes. There are 2,584 special education students and it cost $12,109 to educate those students.
of 180 schools systems in
The Board has been dealing with austerity cuts for years. In 2009 the State cut close to $12 million from the local budget. It is anticipated that next year’s cuts will be even bigger. Next year’s budget is projected to be $3 million. The local funds that are required to education one child is $3,200. This would mean that home would need to be assessed at $277,000. We need to work as a team and look at the tax base to make the necessary decisions to continue to have success.
Even with the budget cuts, students are meeting expectations of the CRCT. Reading grades 1 thru 8, 91% of the students are exceeding or greater. Students meeting expectations on the Georgia High School Graduation Test is well in the 90’s. In 2002, 66.7% of the students graduating from high school, as of last 80% of the students are graduating. Both Boards are working together to make sure that tax payer’s money spent wisely and that children are receiving a good education.
Anticipated 2010 Tax Digest
Mr. Surma asked if the information regarding the tax digest for next year could be relayed as soon as possible.
Safe Routes to School Program
Chairman Mathis asked if the Board of Education has had the opportunity to discuss this grant opportunity. Mr. Hudalla stated they have looked at the grant and they are interested in looking at how the grant can happen in the county. If it works, they are willing to go ahead.
Chairman Mathis asked what the deadline for this application is. Mrs. Hobson-Matthews stated their will be a call for applications in the spring of 2010. Chairman Mathis stated from the county’s standpoint, they are interested in the grant. Mr. Hudalla stated each school will have to be assessed to see what the need is for each area.
lanes at Rocky Creek Elementary and
Terry McMickle, Public Works Division Director presented the agenda item to the Board. The turn lanes have been completed in front of both schools.
Marketing the Recycling Program within the Schools
Michael Harris, Planning and Zoning Services Division Director presented the agenda item to the Board. Early in the year the Board of Commissioners adopted a new Solid Waste Management Plan and a key component of the plan was to incorporate a new curb side recycling program. One of the issues that has come up repeatedly is a lot of people still doesn’t know about the program itself. Staff has been looking into was to market this program and get the word out. One way that was discussed was to partner with the Board of Education to provide literature to students in grades K – 8 to take home to their parents to make them aware of the program. The county would provide all the flyers.
Mr. Surma stated the AP environmental science teachers met with county staff and there is an agenda that will be brought to the Board of Education because they would like to make this program part of their curriculum.
Next Meeting Date
Both Boards agreed the next meeting would be April 22, 2010.
Commissioner Holder made the motion to adjourn the meeting; Commissioner Stamey seconded. The motion carried 5-0-0.