West Carroll Schools Keep Same Tax Rate
BY JIM POTTS
West Carroll’s School Board voted to keep the tax rate at $1.3486 per 100 dollars of assessed real property during a June 28 called meeting but served notice unofficially that there may have to be a tax increase as early as next year to keep the schools adequately funded. Along with the tax rate, the Board passed the budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year with little discussion. School Director Dexter Williams noted prior to the vote that last year’s budget was based on 890 students while this year’s budget was based on an estimated 852 student enrollment. He also indicated that this budget was a “very tight budget” due to the nearly 40 student estimated decrease from last year. The board also approved amendments to the 2017-18 budget with the fiscal year coming to a close in a few days. Williams commented that most of the amendments dealt with salaries.
Director Williams recommended an amendment to the Class Rank Policy which in the past has read that the GPA of graduating students would not include senior year second semester grades. Williams proposed to change it to include the full senior year. The board approved that recommendation on first reading.
In other action, the board approved the consent agenda which included two more resignations, Molly Vann-6th grade science teacher and Lee Ann Coleman-3rd grade math teacher. The board approved the second reading of a change to the attendance policy. The policy regarding Bids and Quotations was approved to increase the bid amounts from $10,000 to $20,000 before advertising for competitive bids. The School Handbooks for the upcoming year were approved on second reading. A lone bid for a serving line for the Elementary school was accepted after Janet Winchester indicated the bid was within estimated costs.
West Carroll announced the recent hires. The new band director is Michael Nelson, from the Henry County School System. Non-faculty coaching positions are Gayle Kendrick assistant high school girl’s basketball coach and head coach of the junior high girls, and Scott Guymon head coach of both high school and junior high baseball programs.