Budget approved; superintendent search, tax referendum discussed


The Oneonta City Board of Education tackled three major items at its regular meeting Monday evening: it approved the 2017-2018 budget, reviewed the timeline for interviewing and selecting a new superintendent for the system, and discussed progress toward initiating an ad valorem tax referendum.

The approved budget projects expenditures for the 2017-18 fiscal year at $13,516,528, with revenues of $13,410,163. Comparable figures for the 2016-17 budget were: expenditures – $13, 427,863 – and revenues – $13,434,363.

Twenty-seven completed applications for Oneonta City Schools superintendent have been submitted to the search organization. Those applications have been screened and evaluated, with results in the form of a list of 10 recommended candidates to be presented to the board by Sept. 11. The period Sept. 18-22 is recommended to the board for personal interviews with the top candidates selected from the list of 10. The board’s schedule calls for the superintendent to be selected, hired, and in place by Oct. 31.

The board discussed at length considerations involved in requesting an ad valorem tax increase through the appropriate authorities, with board member Don Maples, who has been assigned to explore relevant options, taking the lead. The need for additional revenues is considered imperative to meet burgeoning capital needs of the system in the immediate future, highlighted by the system’s reaching full student capacity, with space for additional classrooms having been exhausted.

The board approved interim superintendent Tim Nabors’s operations recommendations, detailed below. Approved:

• Nicholas Riley as head varsity softball coach for the 2017-18 school year.

• maternity leave for Jennifer Woods, third-grade teacher.

• Krystal Hall to fill maternity leave vacancy for Jennifer Woods.

• three elementary non-resident students for the 2017-18 school year.

• seven middle school non-resident students for the 2017-18 school year.

• two high school non-resident students for the 2017-18 school year.

• high school music and drama class for out-of-state trip to New York City for March 22-27, 2018.

• contract services for the 2017-18 school year as follows: educational evaluations, Janie Smith (psychometry)

Pediatric Therapy Associates, Debbie Collins (physical therapy)

Krystal Moman (occupational therapy)

Lindsay Yarbrough (occupational therapy assistant)

Julie Bicknell (instructional support)

Smith Group (behavioral consulting)

JBS Mental Health (certified therapy and behavioral consulting).

• facility usage agreement for First Baptist Church “See You at the Pole” rally, Sept. 27, 2017.

• facility usage agreement for Blount County-Oneonta Miss Covered Bridge Festival Pageant, Oct. 8, 2017.

• facility usage agreement for Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce Miss Covered Bridge Pageant and Blount County Outstanding Teen Pageant Oct. 21 and 22, 2017.

• approved five-year capital plan.