By ALICIA LEONARD
The Walton County School Board discussed decreasing revenue in the first hour of the June 30 meeting. Due to decreasing property values and state cut backs, the Walton District is looking at a reduction in funds of $1,577,728 from a comparison of estimated revenues for the next budget year. The board also set its next budget workshop for July 8 at 5 p.m. at the Tivoli Administrative Complex.
The Board unanimously approved on Superintendent Carlene Anderson’s recommendation 22 staffing changes. Some included new hires as well as transfers in the district.
The Board unanimously agreed on new student handbooks with one exception. Board member Mildred Wilkerson said she had requested information from South Walton Principal Mark Ewing on why students were charged $5 for locks on lockers as well as $3 for a parking pass. Anderson said that Ewing was supposed to contact Wilkerson with the information. Wilkerson replied, “Well, he hasn’t and he won’t.” Anderson replied, “Oh, yes, he will.” Wilkerson said she felt that the charges were excessive for students and some might not be able to afford them.
Discussion ensued that the locks were charged to the students because it allowed the district to have free access to the locks and, in cases of searches, bolt cutters would not have to be used. It was later clarified that these were gym lockers and not regular student lockers that were being discussed. The parking pass was explained by Anderson as being a $3 charge to print the pass and it allowed students to have a designated parking space.
Each vote for the student handbooks was carried separately and all were unanimous except Wilkerson’s nay vote on the South Walton handbook approval.
In a matter of separate business, Anderson pulled a bid for a new maintenance building requested by Wayne Miller. The bid had expired and the procedure of the bid process was discussed itself, so Anderson pulled it and request a fresh bids form interested parities.
The Board approved a selection for an evaluation committee for a purchasing card (P-Card) agreement and approved unanimously an inter-local agreement with other government offices as far future building plans for the school district.