Union County Board of Education: student Somerset Rabb recognized; school cafeteria prices going up; Financials and Tentative 2018 Budget approved


Blairsville, GA – The Union County Board of Education convened on Tuesday, May 16 at 7 p.m., immediately following the Budget Hearing, for their May Meeting. UCS Superintendent Dr. Fred Rayfield and all Board Members were present. Many of the attendees from the Budget Hearing stayed for the Meeting.

UCHS Principal John Hill and Special Ed Director Donna Dixon recognized UCHS SpEd student Somerset Rabb for his accomplishments. Dixon said Rabb is the only SpEd student in the entire district to receive the RESA Student of Excellence Award and one of only 12 recipients statewide. Hill said he remembers all of the four years that Rabb spent at UCHS; he said he couldn’t be more proud of anyone for their accomplishments.

L to R: UCS Superintendent Dr. Fred Rayfield, UCHS Principal John Hill, UCHS Senior Somerset Rabb

L to R: UCHS Principal John Hill, UCS SpEd Director Donna Dixon, UCHS Senior Somerset Rabb

Courtney Waller addressed the Board concerning School Cafeteria prices. Palmer said every year she is required by the USDA to do a calculation to make sure that food service is taking in enough money to cover expenses. She said that this year her calculations indicated that a raise in paid lunch prices of ten cents for each group was necessary. Waller said a ten cent raise would be good for the next two years. Breakfast would remain free for all students, she said. Dr. Rayfield concurred with Waller’s recommendation and the Board unanimously approved.

Dr. Rayfield addressed the Board concerning Principals’ Quarterly Reports and the March 2017 Financial Report. He said everything seems to be in order, there are no major discrepancies and spending is in line for this time of year. The Board unanimously approved the Financials on Dr. Rayfield’s recommendation.

Dr. Rayfield addressed the Board concerning the Tentative 2018 Budget. He said that the Budget had been scrutinized several times, that the Board had 2-year comparisons in front of them and the he and Barbra Dahncke were open for any questions they may have. He said he felt positive about the Budget, that it was ready for advertisement through the required 30-days. He said he recommended that the Tentative 2018 Budget go ‘on the table’ and await adoption or revision at the June BOE Meeting and be ready for final approval by June 30, 2017. The Board approved the Tentative 2018 Budget.

UCS Assessment & Compliance Coordinator David Murphy addressed the Board concerning School Governance Team (SGT) revisions. He said the SGT manual has not been revised in 4 years and was in need of clarification. Murphy went on to focus on several areas where revisions were made. Murphy stressed fresh ideas and more diversification. Dr. Rayfield applauded the revisions. The revisions were accepted unanimously by the Board.

The Board broke for an Executive Session. Upon their return, the Board accepted all personnel recommendations en masse. Dr. Rayfield said that all personnel changes would be on the UCS Website the following day. The Meeting then adjourned.

A video of the entire Board Meeting can be viewed here.


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