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County schools finalize Child Nutrition Policy

Published 11:45am Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Tallapoosa County Board of Education finalized its Child Nutrition Policy and moved closer to having resource officers at each high school during Monday’s meeting.
The board approved the Child Nutrition Policy, which was tabled last meeting to further research the feasibility of a $500,000 liability attached to the policy.
“What we did in the policy is we just took the figure out and said anyone using our facilities must have event liability coverage,” Tallapoosa County Schools Superintendent Joseph Windle said. “I think that will cover what we need. It would cover us.”
The board heard an audit report by the Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts on the board of education.
The audit period covered Oct. 1, 2011 to Sept. 30 2012. Findings of the report included:
The board used Capital Purchase Funds in fiscal year 2012 to make debt service payments of $420,871.43.
The total cost of the board’s programs for the year, not including debt service and capital outlay, was $27,047,349.96.
The audit also found countywide sales and use taxes collected were not distributed in accordance with guidance provided by the State Department of Education, which resulted in the city boards of education located within Tallapoosa County owing the Tallapoosa County Board of Education a total of $86,239.10.
That was not in compliance with The Code of Alabama 1975, Section 40-12-4, which provides that receipts from the countywide sales and use taxes collected under the provisions of this section shall be distributed on the same basis of the total calculated costs for the Foundation Program for those local boards of education within the county.
The board also finalized a joint agreement with the City of Dadeville to split the costs of a resource officer for the schools in the City of Dadeville.
Windle said Dadeville Police Chief David Barbour is currently interviewing candidates for the position of resource officer, and once an officer is chosen he or she will go through resource officer training.
While no final cost has been finalized, the estimated price for the resource officer’s training, salary and benefits is in the area of $23,000 contribution from the school board.
The board is continuing to work with Tallapoosa County Commission to help supply another resource officer so all county high schools are covered.