Skip to content Skip to left sidebar Skip to right sidebar Skip to footer

Schools seeking $225,000 from county for recent projects, repairs

Washington County Board of Education members did not agree on the Facilities Committee’s recommendation to use proceeds from the county’s debt offering for projects not included on the original list of capital needs provided to the county commission.
During the Nov. 7 meeting, Clarence Mabe made a motion to request funds from the $2.5 million designated for school system improvements in the county’s recent bond offering to pay for the sinkhole repair at Ridgeview School and paving at Ridgeview, Gray, David Crockett High School and West View.
The motion was seconded by Todd Ganger.
Phillip McLain asked why those expenses would come out of the capital projects money.
“To me, all those funds were committed, and I hate to see us take $225,000 after we’ve given the list to the county commission,” he said.
Director of Schools Ron Dykes said that amount would otherwise have to come from the school system’s fund balance, which has dropped to $900,000 after allocating $2 million to balance the current year’s budget.
“Since the capital project dollars are basically sitting available for two to three years, I recommended taking (the needed funds) from capital projects and making them up later if necessary,” he said, adding many of the costs for projects on the list given to commissioners have come in lower than expected.
The motion passed with McLain, Keith Ervin and Jack Leonard opposed.
Chair Chad Williams cautioned against viewing the request as veering from the agreement with the county commission.
“I don’t think in any way, shape or form we have tried to circumvent the process,” he said. “We’re just taking care of the fund balance.”