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BOE budget gets final OK


By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

  The Henry County Board of Education gave its official approval Monday night to the proposed $318 million budget for the 2014-2015 school year. The budget was tentatively approved in April to make way for a 60-day review period.

  The budget was warmly received because it contained no furloughs and a step increase for employees that would amount to a 3-percent raise in most cases. A number of new positions were also provided to staff the new Hampton High School and meet other critical needs throughout the district, superintendent Rodney Bowler stated when presenting the budget two months ago.

  In other school board business, new policies regarding a student wellness program, booster organization guidelines, administrative regulations, and employee leaves and absences were approved. Also approved was a lengthy list of administrative, certified and classified personnel changes.

  A proposed policy regarding vending machines was placed on the table for 30 days of public review and comments.

  Two new job descriptions were approved by the board: program administrator for Impact Academy; and coordinator of secondary programming.

  Three new job descriptions were put on the table for 30 days of public review and comment: afterschool instructor; special projects coordinator; and family language access facilitator.

  All job descriptions can be seen on the school systemís web site.

The board approved a 2014 Perkins Grant application. This grantís purpose is to supplement local funds for the improvement of career and technical education programs throughout the system, according to officials.

  Student and employee handbooks for the 2014-2015 school year were approved by the board. Also approved was a list of surplus transportation items and various requests for fundraising, field trips, and community use of school facilities.

  The July meeting schedule has been altered slightly from the norm, according to the school systemís web site, as the study session will take place at 10 a.m. July 15 and the regular meeting is set for 7 p.m. the same day.



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