The Campbell County Board of Education met Thursday night in a re-scheduled meeting to vote on the school budget for 2018-19 along with other matters.

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The board opened the meeting by sharing thoughts about Mike Orick, who passed away last week. Faye Heatherly and Johnny Byrge both spoke about their many years serving with Orick and his love for children.

Director Jennifer Fields then recognized a standing-room crowd of students and parents who were winners in the school system’s Reading Fair. Students selected books to read and prepared poster board displays with their summaries and interpretations of the books, illustrated with graphics. All of the winning entries were on display in the courthouse lobby.

The board then quickly dispensed with routine business before concluding the brief meeting by voting to approve a Transportation Supervisor position as required by the state, along with phase II of the Trane Energy Savings Project.

Finally, the board voted 6-1 to approve a recommendation from the Director to change the LaFollette Elementary School principal position from 12 months to 11 months. Fields stated that this change would save some money and all other elementary school principals in the county were in 11 month positions. Brent Lester voted against the motion while Lisa Fields abstained.

Faye Heatherly then made a motion to approve the 2018-19 school budget, which was presented at a workshop last week. The $40,591,691 budget includes state-mandated raises for all teachers and an increase in local funding of $124,554.

The board voted unanimously to approve the budget and instead of adjourning, recessed until 6:00 p.m. on June 19, after the county commission has the opportunity to take action on the budget the previous night.

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