The Campbell County Board of Education held a brief final meeting before three members depart the board in September, including Chairman Clint Bane. WATCH HERE. Bane was gracious following his unsuccessful re-election bid, telling fellow board members that it had been a privilege to serve on the board and wishing “the new board the best.” Wallace Goins was also present for his final meeting while Jennifer Orick attended her first meeting since being appointed by the county commission to fill her late husband’s seat.
With the school year having just begun, little business was conducted although the board did approve a number of budget amendments. One of those amendments involved a $1,488,878 loan from the Energy Efficient Schools Initiative to replace lighting at all county schools with energy efficient LED lighting.
The loan will be repaid over twelve years at one percent interest and according to Finance Director Jeff Marlow, the savings on electrical bills will pay off the note with several years remaining in the life of the new lights.
The board also approved a capital outlay appropriation that includes $12,000 to set a new water meter for the CCHS athletic field that will enable the school system to avoid paying the matching sewer fee.
In a brief report, Director Jennifer Fields announced that the system is presently installing state-of-the-art security cameras on all school buses. The work is progressing at the rate of one bus every day and all buses in the system will shortly have the cameras.
Next month, the board will convene with three new members and one of the first orders of business will be to elect a new chairman. Current vice chairman Johnny Bryge will open the September meeting. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 08/15/2018-6AM)