Budget hearing next Thursday, school calendar set

The School Board is hosting a public hearing on the budget next Thursday (Feb. 18) in the high school auditorium. Schools Superintendent Donna Matthews said that the hearing is a way for the Board to hear about what the needs are in both the county and the schools, and she noted that it is not a question and answer session. Since the governor has not yet announced how much funding the state will provide to local schools, residents in attendance should not expect a concrete budget from Matthews.

Also at their meeting Tuesday night (Feb. 8), the School Board approved the 2016-2017 school year calendar, as presented by calendar committee president Carol Johnson. The fall semester will begin Aug. 11 and break for the winter holiday on Dec. 22. The spring semester starts Jan. 5, Spring break from April 13-17, and lets out for the summer May 26. The calendar includes 188 days spread over the two 90-day required semesters, which leaves eight potential snow make-up days. If there are any unused snow days at the end of the Spring semester, school will let out sooner.

  • The School Board members: Wes Mills, chairman, Jackson district; Aline Johnson, vice chair, Piedmont district; Chris Ubben, Wakefield district; Lucy “Pud” Maeyer, Hampton district; and Larry Grove, Stonewall-Hawthorne district.
  • New meeting times: The board entered closed session at 6 p.m. and opened to the public at 6:30 p.m., and Chairman Wes Mills said that they will be making a routine of that. If closed session matters appear that they’ll drag past 6:30, they’ll put them on hold until after the public hearing, and then re-enter closed session.

The next school board meeting will be March 8, open session beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the high school band room. Enter at the set of doors on the west end of the building, because the other doors are locked at night.