With a section of the Freshmen Academy roof in need of immediate repair, the Madison County school board authorized the use of up to $100,000 of reserves pay to fund the improvements.
“It is in dire need of repairs,” Madison County Schools superintendent Dr. Mitch McGhee said during Tuesday night’s Board of Education (BOE) meeting.
The money will go to fix a 4,000 square foot area over the band and agriculture classrooms.
McGhee has met with the construction company and said there’s a possibility that the school system could end up spending $70,000 for the re-roofing, but asked the school board for up to $100,000 to provide for flexibility.
“We’ll start this ball rolling tomorrow to get this, basically new roof, built over this section as soon as we can,” he said. “It’s in awful shape. It’s needed drastically.”
The project should take between two-to-three weeks once it’s started and shouldn’t impact the band and agriculture classes that greatly.
The Freshmen Academy is housed in a section of the old Madison County Middle School building. That building was renovated during the summer, but there wasn’t enough money at that time to addressing roofing issues.
Madison County enjoys best month ever for SPLOST
The national economic woes weren’t reflected in Madison County’s SPLOST receipts from last month.
The school system took in a one-month high of $223,000.
“So that’s good news,” McGhee said.
He said things are looking up on the state-level, too.
“With all the doom and gloom we’re hearing about the economy … state revenues, you might have heard, were actually up in September,” McGhee said.
Prior to that, speculation was that state cuts in education might far exceed the two percent that had been previously discussed — perhaps going to as high as eight percent — following a steady decline in state revenue for several months.
But with the September numbers improving, budget cut conversation is back down to the two-to-three percent range.
Of course, the school board won’t know the Madison County School System’s full financial picture until the state officially decides what it’s cutting from education and the county tax digest is complete.
Approval of strategic plan tabled
The BOE opted to table approval of the much-involved strategic plan for schools so it can devote more time to read over the lengthy document.
The BOE will hold a work session over the matter before its next regularly scheduled meeting.
Compiling the strategic plan has taken a year and utilized the help of community, faculty, staff and student input to provide an outline of the future goals for the Madison County School System.
“If you look through this plan, you’ll notice that quite a bit of this is already underway,” McGhee said.