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Board looks for input on districts

Published 6:49pm Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Tallapoosa County Board of Education will hold several meetings to receive public input about proposed changes to the school system’s districts.

John Paul Wilcox, assistant superintendent of the school system, said the redistricting must take place because of population changes and shifts that were recorded during the 2010 census. He said the board will hear input in the public before voting on the issue in August.

“There will be three proposals to discuss,” he said.

The meetings, which were announced at the board’s regular meeting on Monday, will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the media rooms of the following schools: Horseshoe Bend School, July 21; Dadeville, July 26; and Reeltown School, July 28.

The board was also recognized by Dr. Truman Atkins of Energy Education for its commitment to “recognizing the importance of energy education” and encouraging schools to reduce energy output.

Atkins said the schools have an employee who serves as an energy education specialist and identifies opportunities for savings through energy conservation. The Energy Education program paid for itself out of the existing utility bill.

Atkins said the school system has saved more than $300,00 since the program began. In 18 months, the school system reduced its energy output significantly – the equivalence of removing 183 cars from the road for a year or 6,119 pine trees growing over a period of 10 years.

Atkins also said the entire school system deserves credit for the effort, not just the school board.

“It takes the involvement of everyone,” he said.

In other business, the board:

n heard from a state auditor about an audit for the period of Oct. 1, 2009-Sept. 30, 2010. Most of the state audit was good, although it did find that the school system used money for the Fleet Renewal Fund and the Public School Fund to shore up a $1 million-plus deficit in the General Fund. The full audit may be viewed online at examiners.alabama.gov.

n approved a new travel policy for the board with Matilda Woodyard-Hamilton voting against it. The policy was first voted on in April and will now be in effect through next June. It reduces the amount of travel compensation board members receive from 50 cents a mile to 25 cents.

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