Pike BOE holding its own financially

Published 8:42 pm Monday, February 21, 2011

The Pike County Board of Education held a short meeting Monday and discussed the school’s financial situation heading into the final months of the 2010-11 school year.

Dr. Mark Bazzell, superintendent of county schools, said that five school systems in the state are already having to borrow money to finish out the school year and 25 other systems will probably have to borrow money in the next few months.

“Thankfully, we are not in that situation,” Bazzell said.

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Bazzell also reported that the county schools are 11.38 percent “to the good” in regards to the sales tax.

“That is primarily due to increased enrollment,” he said. “Our enrollment is up 42 students.”

Bazzell also extended congratulations to the Business and Finance Academy at Pike County High School. The academy was named an Exemplary CTE Program by the National Association of State Directors and the Consortium and National Career Technical Education Foundation.

The board approved a public works project for Goshen High School in the area of the old field house. The project will be funded with an $80,000 grant. Any funds that are not used in the public works project will be utilized in programs for at-risk students.

The board approved an overnight trip for the Pike County High School Gospel Choir and an out of state trip for the art students to visit the High Museum in Athens, Ga, neither trip at expense to the school district.

The board also approved Amy Stubblefield as co-sponsor of the Pike County High School cheerleaders and catastrophic leave days for Janet Rhodes and Alyene Locklar.