Union Co. School Board approves make-up days calendar; hears affect proposed state education budget cuts will have on district

During last night’s Union County School Board meeting, board members approved the make-up calendar, and heard how the governor’s proposed budget cuts to education could affect the school district.

After missing 9 days of school due to wintry weather, Assistant Superintendent Steve Carter presented the make-up days calendar to board members.

Board members, minus James Ricketts and Lynda Jackson who were absent from the meeting, unanimously approved the make-up calendar.

During the superintendent’s comments, Superintendent Patricia Sheffer gave an overview regarding the importance of talking to legislators. Seffer said if the governor’s proposed budget stands as is there will be a 4.5 percent reduction this current year.

She then presented the possible affects of the budget cuts and and what it would mean for the Union County School District.

In the governor’s budget proposal, Sheffer said he would like to cut 9 percent next two years.

She added that it is very important, right now, for everyone to contact state Senator Dorsey Ridley and Representative Suzanne Miles to let them know the importance of education and continuing to provide resources.

Superintendent Sheffer also congratulated the UCHS Dancing Bravettes for their 4th place finish at the state championship over the weekend, as well as the wrestling team’s capture of their 8th state championship. Both teams will be recognized during the next board meeting.

In addition, the middle school’s Robotics Team was recognized. Coach Tara Clements said she has been involved with the robotics team for 4 years and this is the easiest team she has worked with, and she is proud of them. Coach Clements and Superintendent Sheffer then recognized team members and presented them with awards.

In other business, board members unanimously approved the minutes, financial report, payment of bills, expenses for the superintendent’s office and capital fund requests, as well as the consent agenda that included a CEDAR, West Coal Education Development and Resources Grant, for over 54-hundred dollars.

The meeting Monday night was held at the Union County Middle School.

The next regularly scheduled school board meeting will be held Monday, March 21, 2016 at the Union County High School.

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