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BOE approves fuel bid

Published 12:09pm Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Tallapoosa County Board of Education approved a variety of measures – including approving a fuel bid, the FY13 budget and an increase in the substitute nurse pay – at its regularly scheduled meeting Monday night.

Assistant Superintendent John Wilcox said the system does not approve a bid for a set fuel price.

“When we ask for a bid for fuel, it is determined by two things – markup, which is for handling and shipping, and profit,” Wilcox said. “We ask for the current base or what they call the rack rate so we know where we are starting from.”

Wilcox said this determines how much the system will pay above the market rack rate.

“It is fluid – no pun intended,” Wilcox said. “As the market changes, the price per gallon changes, but our markup stays the same.”

The bid was awarded to Wilson Oil, of Auburn, who held the previous bid, Wilcox said. The approved bid means that the system will pay roughly 16 cents above rack rate.

The board heard from Teresa Dekle, with Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts. Dekle provided a summary of the findings of the recent audit.

As previously reported in The Outlook, the examiners found that funds from the Public School Fund had been used to cover a cash deficit in the General Fund during the period from Oct. 1, 2010 through Sept. 30, 2011.

“There was only one finding, and we were proud of that,” said Phil Blasingame, chief school financial officer. “We knew we were going to have that finding.”

A funding gap occurred, Blasingame said, and the system used the Public School Fund money to ensure that construction continued at Reeltown High School.  All the funds were replaced, but a corrective action plan signed by the school system said it would avoid such an action moving forward.

The FY13 budget that was approved at the meeting anticipates $26,644,000 in revenue, with total planned expenditures equaling $26,639,000.

The board also chose to slightly increase the payment of substitute nurses. The system will now pay $75 per day for licensed practical nurses and $100 per day for nurse practitioners.

“We were trying to get where we were comparable for nursing substitute (pay) with the surrounding counties, and that puts us in the same range as they are in,” said superintendent Joe Windle.

The board also approved a proclamation declaring September as Workforce Development Month.

“Career technical teachers at each school will have different activities planned to promote career opportunities,” Windle said.

The board’s next work session is planned for Oct. 2 at 5 p.m., with the next regular meeting to be held Oct. 15 at 5 p.m.