Board members made quick work of their agenda during the last meeting of 2009. With only a few items to discuss the most lively debate surrounded funding for repairs to the fire alarm system at Campbell County High School.
When Jeff Marlow, county finance director, presented a budget amendment that would reduce funding in a number of accounts to come up with the $284,000 needed to begin work on the project, Board member Mark A. Wells balked.
“I just don’t agree with robbing the accounts,” Wells said of the funding mechanism used to produce the money for the needed repairs. “I’ve been told that (the proposed amount) may not be enough to fix it.”
While Marlow agreed that an additional $250,000 or so may be required to rectify the issues with the school’s fire alarm system, he disagreed with Wells’ assessment of the situation.
“This (the funding source) has no affect on funding any items of need,” Marlow said pointing out that the money for the repairs was proposed to be taken from the capital projects fund as well as unexpended funds that were overestimated for insurance coverage.
Despite Marlow’s explanation, Wells continued to argue against taking the money from the system’s operating budget. Instead, he suggested that the group take $250,000 out of the undesignated fund balance and empower Marlow to go to the county commission with a plan to borrow any additional money needed for the repairs.
Wells motion passed.
In other business board member Faye Heatherly made a motion that the board host a town hall meeting on Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. to discuss the changes in graduation requirements as well as the technology that was introduced into classrooms at the beginning of the 2009-10 school year. The motion passed despite a no vote from Walt Goins and an abstention from Wells.