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County board approves 2023 budget

WEDOWEE – At MondayÕs meeting of Randolph County Board of Education, the board voted unanimously to adopt the budget for fiscal year 2023.

The meeting was the second of two budget hearings required before adoption of the budget. The budget projects revenues in the amount of $32,142,965. Projected expenditures are $32,346,130. The budget estimates an ending fund balance on Sept. 30, 2023, of $3,419,834. As required by the state, the county must maintain a one-month reserve. According to the budget, the ending balance in 2023 shows a projected 2.04-month reserve.

Capital improvement plan

At last Thursday’s budget hearing/board meeting, the board members approved a five-year capital plan. The board is required to submit this list for approval by the state so the needed funds can be approved. For this year the board approved 14 projects with work at all county schools, ranked by priority. The plan approved for this year in order of priority includes:

(Plans are listed from priority 1 to priority 14, the first four projects are for 2023)

  • Replace HVAC systems throughout the county. Cost – $3 million
  • Replace roof of old cafeteria and office wing at Woodland. Cost – $150,000
  • Renovations of Wadley High School cafeteria and Woodland old gym and office wing. Cost – $250,000¥
  • Add faculty restrooms at Woodland. Cost – $100,000

(Projects for year 2024)

  • Add canopies near new library addition at Rock Mills Junior High School. Cost – $50,000
  • Add four new classrooms at Wedowee Elementary due to increased enrollment. Cost – $1,250,000
  • Reroof Wedowee Middle School. Cost – $100,000
  • Reroof automotive and welding buildings at Randolph-Roanoke Career Technology Center. Cost – $500,000
  • Addition of new administrative offices and renovate old offices at Woodland. Cost – $500,000
  • New administration offices for newly created elementary school at Woodland. Cost – $150,000

(Projects for 2025)

  • Additions and renovations at Wadley. Cost – $75,000
  • Addition of administrative offices and enclosures of all classrooms with outside only entrances and install new student and faculty restrooms. Cost – $300,000

(Project for 2026)

  • Install new exterior doors and install security entrances at all schools and facilities. Cost- $750,000

(Project for 2027)

  1. Renovations and additions at RRCTC. Cost – $200,000

The board approved the following personnel actions:

  • Jordan Stallworth, Christina Blair and Karen Corky Miller as substitute teachers and Christina Blair and Karen Corky Miller as substitute support personnel.
  • Michael Hill as a bus driver for the Randolph County High School/RRCTC route, effective immediately.
  • Jonathan Hannah as transportation utility worker at the bus shop, effective Sept. 12.
  • Elizabeth Kirby as elementary teacher at Woodland Elementary, effective with her release from her current position.
  • Jordan Stallworth as part-time transportation shop assistant, effective Sept. 12.
  • Brooke Laney for the position of special education teacher/diagnostician, effective immediately.
  • Resignation of Quincy Potter, business management teacher at RRCTC, effective Sept. 23.
  • Resignation of Amy Carr, teacher at Wadley, effective Oct. 7 or when a suitable replacement is hired.
  • Resignation of Tammy Harvel, secretary/bookkeeper at RRCTC, effective Oct. 1.
  • Disciplinary recommendation presented to the board in executive session concerning an elementary teacher within the system.
  • Contract with Celsa Allende Stallworth to provide tutoring services and translation services.
  • Contract with Tania Velasquez to provide tutoring services and translation services.
  • Contract with Carolina Soriano to provide tutoring services and translation services.
  • Contract with Cecilia Hernandez to provide tutoring services and translation services.
  • Contract with Vickie Herron to provide counseling services for RCHS.
  • Contract with Linda Olivia Kirby to provide RN nursing services.
  • Contract with Tasha Higgins to provide LPN nursing services.
  • Contract with Joyce Oliver to provide RN nursing services.
  • Contract with Keisha Norred to provide RN nursing services.
  • Contract with Sherie Pinkard to provide LPN nursing services.
  • Contract with Marilyn Whitlow to provide services for mental health service coordinator.
  • Contract with Lucille Burns to provide services for family and community liaison.
  • Contract with T.E.A.M. Rehabilitation to provide occupational therapy evaluations and therapy.
  • Contract with Clay County Healthcare Authority to provide occupational therapy evaluations and therapy.
  • Contract with Clay County Healthcare Authority to provide physical therapy evaluations and therapy.
  • Contract with Soliant to provide Blazerworks services. Blazerworks manages client contingent healthcare staff (no fee).
  • Contract with Helping Hands Therapy to provide speech-language evaluations and therapy.
  • Contract with Milestones Behavior Group to provide Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) services.
  • Contract with The Learning Tree to provide Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) services.
  • Contract with Caroline Gomez, Ph.D., to conduct autism spectrum evaluations.
  • Contract with Sherry Green to provide psychometry services.
  • Contract with Glenwood, INC., to perform evaluations.
  • Contract with Jacqueline Burgess, executive director/therapist of the Tri-County Children’s Advocacy Center, to provide individual and/or group counseling services.
  • Contract with Mary Kate Camp to provide mentor services to educators.
  • Contract with Lucille Burns to provide mentor services to educators.

In other business the board:

  • Approved the low bid of $1.84 per gallon for LP gas from Blossman Propane Gas.
  • Approved the low bid from Allen Oil company for 15W-40 diesel engine oil-Phillips66 Guardol ECT (Ti) in the following: 1-gallon container -$17.50 per gallon, 1-quart container – $18.55 per gallon, and 55-gallon drum -$18.35 per gallon.
  • Approved the low bid from Willingham Oil Inc. of $3.67074 per gallon for diesel fuel.
  • Approved an out-of-state field trip for approximately eight Woodland Future Farmers of America students to Indianapolis, Ind., for National FFA Convention on Oct. 25-29.

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