The Oneonta City Board of Education approved two coaches and one sponsor at its January meeting Monday. Approved as head coach for the Oneonta High School varsity football team was Phil Phillips. Matilon Nash was approved as volunteer assistant baseball coach for the 2017-2018 school year, and Rachel Self was approved as junior varsity cheerleading sponsor for the 2018- 2019 school year.
Oneonta Superintendent Daniel Smith reported that the state A-F school system report cards will be released Thursday this week. “The results are embargoed until the release date, but we’re going to be very happy with our scores,” he said.
In connection with the pending 9-mil school tax increase referendum, Board president Patrick Adams reported statistics he had received from the Blount County Revenue Commissioner indicating that the average appraised value of residential property in Oneonta is about $11,500. A 9-mil tax on that amount would produce an annual increase in tax liability of $115. The average appraised value of business/commercial property in Oneonta is about $25,800, and would produce an annual tax liability increase of $258 at the 9-mil rate.
Adams commented that citizens approved an initial 7.5-mil school property tax in 1955, more than 60 years ago. Then, a 3-mil school property tax was authorized by vote in 1976, 42 years ago, and extended in 1995, more than 20 years ago.
In other actions, the board acted on the following superintendent’s recommendations:
• approved 14 elementary non-resident students be placed on probation for the second semester for the 2017-2018 school year.
• approved one middle school non-resident student be placed on probation for the second semester for the 2017-2018 school year.
• approved two high school non-resident students be placed on probation for the second semester for the 2017-2018 school year.
• approved enrollment of one elementary school non-resident student for the 2017-2018 school year.
• approved enrollment of one high school non-resident student for the 2017-2018 school year.
• approved out-of-state field trip to Six Flags over Georgia on April 4, 2018, for middle school pre-advanced placement students.
• approved maternity leave request for second-grade teacher Tracey Payton.
• approved maternity leave request for fifth-grade teacher Maggie Battles.
• approved bus 05-01 as surplus property.
• approved budget amendment #1, affecting the budget carryover of federal program funds from 2017 to 2018.