October 28, 2003
The Smyth County School Board met today with all members present in a joint meeting with the Smyth County Board of Supervisors.
Mr. Campbell, Chairman, discussed plans for the 2003-2004 school budget; the board's preparation of a budget book; and the work the Board will be beginning on the Key Work of School Boards project.
Mr. Sullivan discussed some successes/accomplishments of the Smyth County Schools. These included accreditation by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; students' performance on Adequate Yearly Progress component of No Child Left Behind; students' performance on spring 2002 SOL Test; staffing of schools with quality personnel; and the excellent renovations of school plants.
Mr. Sullivan reviewed a report from Bostic, Tucker and Company, P.C. on the state of the school budget deficit.
Mr. Sullivan gave an update on the 2003-2004 revenue and expenditure figures and reported on some areas of projected savings.
Mr. Sullivan discussed 2004-2005 budget needs. Some needs included staffing; school plant needs - boilers, replacement of air conditioner units, etc.; nursing positions for schools - one position funding expires October 2005 from the Smyth County Community Hospital (Cost: $33,807.48) and three positions expire in 2005-2006 from the Smyth County Community Foundation (Cost: $104,931.00); health insurance supplements; and the adjustment of the teacher salary scale to make it more equitable.
Mr. Sullivan informed the Board the Virginia Retirement System payment in the amount of $206,637.00 will be paid off in June 2004 for the early retirement debt.
A joint meeting between the Smyth County School Board and the Smyth County Board of Supervisors was discussed. This meeting is to be held on December 16, 2003, at 7:00 a.m., at a school to be decided at a later date.
The meeting was adjourned.