By Jean A. Flanagan
If Hardy County Schools receives the Medicaid reimbursements they were promised, the $200,000 deficit would be erased. That according to Finance Director Veeta Burgess.
Burgess addressed the Hardy County Board of Education at their July 24 meeting.
“We are due about $277,000,” Burgess said. “If we get it, we’ll have about $50,000 surplus. That’s not much, but better than a deficit.”
School Superintendent Dr. Matthew Dotson said next year’s Medicaid reimbursements will not be so critical. “We’ve made some changes in the way we do things,” he said.
Burgess also reported on the bid process for a two-year audit of the school’s finances. She said five requests for bids were sent to accounting firms, but only two firms sent bids. The others were no bids.
[private] The board voted to accept the bid submitted by Tetrick & Bartlett. While the $51,600 bid was the higher of the two, Burgess said the accounting firm has done audits in the past and were familiar with Hardy County Schools’ accounting system.
The only other bid received was from Perry & Associates for $44,850.
Facilities Director Steve Williams said the contract for the HVAC and fire alarm at East Hardy Early Middle School was awarded to Darnold Mechanical of Kenna, W. Va. “They have a letter to proceed from the SBA,” he said.
The School Building Authority has awarded Hardy County Schools a $3 million grant to replace the roof, HVAC and fire alarms at EHEMS.
Williams said the roofing consultant with the SBA looked at the existing roof and will provide specifications for the project.
“There is a pre-bid conference about the roof on Thursday, July 27,” he said. “Bids are due August 3. I should have the bids for your review at the August 7 board meeting.”
Williams said once school starts, construction will be done after school hours. The project is expected to be completed by the end of October.
Board President Nancy Hahn asked if construction equipment will interfere with East Hardy High School football games.
“They will have a staging area,” Williams said. “My guess is that the grassy area behind the school will be off limits to students.”
Board member Brad Simmons, who was principal at East Hardy High School during two years of construction, said communication was important. “Make sure the teachers have the correct information,” he said.
•The board approved Telecommunications Acceptable Use Policy IED.
•The board approved Transportation of Students – Non Bus Policy EBAA.
•Dotson advised the board, County Prosecuting Attorney Lucas See reviewed the Memorandum of Understanding regarding the Ludwig property. The MOU was signed and sent to Mr. Ludwig and the board awaits its return.
•The board approved Policy to Promote School Board Effectiveness Policy BFB with the stipulation that Dotson will reinstitute the County Concerns Committee. The committee consisted of the superintendent, representatives from each faculty senate, representatives of the Central Office and other educational organizations.
•Dotson introduced Emily Morris, the new principal at EHEMS to the board.
•The 2017-18 school year begins on Monday, Aug. 14 for teachers and Thursday, Aug. 17 for students.
•The next meeting of the Hardy County Board of Education will be held on Monday, Aug. 7 beginning at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held