Board raises out-of-district fees

Oneonta City Board of Education

At the recommendation of Superintendent Daniel smith, the Oneonta School Board voted unanimously at its business meeting last week to raise out-of-district student tuition from $350, with discounts for multiple students within a family, to $500 per student across the board, with a cap of $1,350 per family, when the number of students exceeds three per family.

In other actions, the board approved the following monthly personnel and operations recommendations made by Smith. It approved:

• a proposal from Adams Building Company for $29,900 for modifications to a restroom for handicapped students.

• overnight trip to Muscle Shoals for varsity football team camp, July 11-12.

• out-of-state field trip to Six Flags over Georgia for classes of high school teachers Angie Martin and Christy Bass on May 11.

• Carol Kenyon for maternity leave position for elementary teacher Tracey Payton.

• Renae Downs for maternity leave position for elementary teach Maggie Battles.

• Wil McKinney, Drew White, and John Micah Whited as volunteer coaches for middle school and varsity football teams, pending all C2C/AHSAA coaching requirements are met.

• accepting letter of retirement from Angie Martin, high school business education teacher, effective May 25.

• accepting letter of retirement from Lenda Thomas, Oneonta City Schools bus driver, effective June. Work session

In an extended work session before the business meeting, the board discussed at length various revenue sources available for meeting immediate maintenance and operational needs, and to what extent they could borrow against accumulated capital outlay accounts to address other facilities needs, including the approaching need to expand facilities to accommodate growing enrollment.

Smith told the board the system should be able to manage enrollment sufficiently through the coming school year, but that the problem would need to be addressed soon thereafter.

The board discussed a number of individual projects along with ways and means of funding them, including development of a Science/Technology/ Engineering/Math (STEM) laboratory by 2019, and economical ways of addressing the pressing need for adequate baseball, track, and soccer facilities. They agree to continue the planning and analysis effort with a view to achieving “clarity of objectives” – involving trade-offs between funds available and ways of meeting imperative needs – by the May business meeting.