The Cheatham County Board of Education met in regular session Monday night. All members were present.
Hope Patterson of Kingston Springs spoke to the Board about the reduced time for recess at the school this year to 15 minutes. She spoke about the health benefits that children need, as well as the natural activity needs of children. She asked the board to go back to a 30 minute recess.
Outstanding Employees of the Month include-
KSE – Angela Patterson, Bookkeeper/Attendance
PES – Nathan Anderson, Teacher
HMS – Rebecca Sparks, Teacher Assistant
HHS – Pam Bryant, Bookkeeper (unable to attend)
The board Budget Amendments were approved:
Request to use $404,183 from Education Debt Service funds to pay for 18 Trane HVAC Rooftop units at PVES as part of the annual rotation plan for FVAC maintenance.
Request was approved to use $38,432.39 from Fund balance to refund FEMA monies received for Bus Garage flood project. It was ruled that since the bus garage was located in the flood plain, the District was not entitled to the funds. Vice Chair Dianne Proffitt stated that the board needs to look for “a new bus garage, away from the flood plain”.
They also approved the transfer of $300,000 from fund balance to balance the budget and approve it. The money was needed because of increased health insurance costs. Proffitt spoke out in opposition of spending the money on a recurring expense. “This is something that we can not continue to do”, she stated, and Board Chair Michele agreed, as did Board Member Dan Moore (3rd District). Proffitt was the sole ‘no’ vote.
The amendments will be forwarded to the County Commission for approval.
The board approved changes to the policy relating to Use of School Facilities. They voted to give final approval on 1st reading because several groups and organizations have been waiting for approval to use different facilities. The board agenda along with these and other changes is available here.
The board elected to keep Michele Collins as Chair, and Dianne Proffitt as Vice Chair.
The board also approved their budget, albeit “reluctantly” for some. “I would like to be on record that I think we can support a greater budget”, Moore stated. Chase thanked Dr. Stan Curtis and his staff for “pulling a rabbit out of their hat”, and balancing the budget.
The Cheatham County Board of Education meets the first Monday of each month at 7pm in the board annex building in Ashland City.