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Hall County school board approves funding requests

Furniture largest part of items financed by special sales tax

POSTED: July 28, 2014 9:14 p.m.
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Lindsay Chatham

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The Hall County Board of Education approved several special purpose local option sales tax requests and heard the district’s last financial report of fiscal year 2014 at its Monday evening meeting.

The financial report showed the district had slightly more revenue than expenses last fiscal year, leaving a balance of $7,499,095.34 at the end of the year. The report showed the district received 101.5 percent of budgeted revenues and spent 97.7 percent of budgeted expenditures, a 3.8 percent difference.

In a 5-0 vote, the board approved $160,037 in special local option sales tax requests. The largest of these was for furniture, with a total of $98,037 to be spent on furnishings at eight district schools.

Superintendent Will Schofield said most of the furnishings are needed because of upgrades made to schools over the summer, either as part of a larger renovation process or because of an expansion.

“That would be very routine this time of year,” Schofield said. “We don’t like to put old furniture back into recently renovated rooms.”

“Many of those were related to small projects that we did,” said Matt Cox, facilities and construction manager for the district. “We’re finishing up the summer projects and getting ready for the fall.”

The largest of the furnishing requests was for $37,220 at East Hall High School, where Cox said a number of renovations were made, including expansions to the school’s blended learning academy and its administrative offices.

The furnishings include classroom desks and furniture for administrative offices, according to Schofield and Cox.

Requests were also approved for furniture at North Hall High School, Johnson High School, Lanier Career Academy, Chestatee Middle School, Martin Elementary, McEver Elementary and Riverbend Elementary.

The SPLOST request also included $37,000 for a new audio-visual system at North Hall Middle School. Schofield said these systems are generally expensive, especially high-quality ones.

The requests also included $8,400 for electrical and safety improvements at Lanier Elementary. Cox said the need for electrical work was discovered during a project to remove tripping hazards. Also requested were $8,600 for a new entrance sign and gate at Sugar Hill Elementary, which Cox said are being altered because of changes to the nearby road, and $8,000 for fencing to improve playground safety at Mount Vernon Elementary.



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