Minutes of the October 28th, 2003 meeting of the Smyth County School Board, as approved by the School Board at its November 10th, 2003 meeting

Marion, Virginia
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.