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Union County Board of Education Approves the UCLA Consolidation/Centralized Preschool Plan

Union County Board of Education Approves the UCLA Consolidation/Centralized Preschool Plan

Bill Stephens

April 21st, 2017


Superintendent Patricia Sheffer presented a PowerPoint Presentation at the Union County Board of Education Meeting and Malinda Beauchamp, Public Relations Coordinator, released this information,

The Union County Board of Education heard a budget and staffing report Thursday night from Superintendent Patricia Sheffer during the regular April Board meeting. Sheffer gave the presentation in two parts: The first part focused on staffing based on enrollment numbers.

Student enrollment has steadily declined for UCPS over the last 6 years, down by a total of 137 students. Because state SEEK funding is based on student enrollment, this has translated in more than a half a million dollar decrease in funds linked to the decline in enrollment over the last 6 years. Next year, there is a projected decrease of 22 students district-wide.

Due to less enrollment next year, the staffing formula the district uses to allocate instructional staff to the schools has resulted in there being 14.8 less instructional staff in the schools next year. This staffing reduction is directly linked to declining student enrollment and Mrs. Sheffer is hopeful that most reductions will be resolved through attrition from resignation and retirement.

The second part of the budget plan Sheffer presented to the Board members centered around a budget challenge that is due to an unexpected decrease in unmined coal assessments for the current fiscal year. In January, the district learned that unmined coal assessments would result in an annual decrease in revenue of $213,300 starting with this current school year.

In order to address this immediate and ongoing reduction in revenue, the Board heard a plan to consolidate the Union County Learning Academy and centralize the Union County Preschool. Because UCLA enrollment has decreased by 59%, the school can be consolidated from 4 classrooms down to 1 classroom. After consolidation, the previous UCLA space will be utilized as a centralized preschool for Union County, resulting in an enhanced program.

The alternative school consolidation and preschool centralization plan would have a total combined savings of $305,000. This would cover the cost of the decrease in unmined coal assessments and provide enough funds for a minimum remodel of the centralized preschool area.

Union County Board members unanimously approved the plan.

Other items on the Agenda was the recognition of the Community Supporter, Uniontown Knights of Columbus who raised $1746.00 for the Imagination Library in a Burgoo Sale. The Certificate was presented to Bobby Buckman.

Also Recognized was The Union County High School Band. Kyle Payton, Band Director presented Certificates for being recognized as KMEA Distinguished Rating Concert Band.

The School Board went on to Approve the Financial Report, Payment of bills, and Expenses for the Superintendent’s Office.

The Next School Board Meeting will be May 22, 2017 at 6PM at Uniontown Elementary School.

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