By Monroe Roark
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
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
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
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.