BOE rolls back millage rate

By Vivian Morgan, Editor, The Hartwell Sun, September 21, 2017

​​The Hart County Board of Education approved a rollback millage rate of 13.361 during its
regular monthly meeting Monday night.

“This is the lowest the millage rate has been in over 10 years,” said Superintendent Jay Floyd.  “Rolling back the millage rate is great but I also want to be realistic.  In 2018, the state is going to push back teacher retirement from 16 percent to 20 percent.  We are going to have to be looking in the future how to balance the budget.”

Associate Superintendent Jennifer Carter presented a report about Georgia Ag in the
classroom. According to Carter, last week, elementary teachers throughout the district participated in professional learning sponsored by Georgia Farm Bureau.

Georgia Ag in the Classroom is a project of the Georgia Ag in the Classroom Council. The
purpose of the council is to encourage more effective teaching about agriculture and its role in an interdependent society, and to assist Georgia’s educators in implementing the instruction of agriculture-related concepts in the classroom. The council has developed an interdisciplinary curriculum, which provides eachers with the tools and raining they need to excite students about the learning process using agriculture as the the  medium.

Also combining academics with agriculture, nine second graders from South Hart Elementary School gave a presentation to the board members about the tomatoes they had
grown in their garden.

Director of Operations David Seagraves was on hand to talk about the pine trees that were
knocked down at the Ag Center during a storm earlier this year.  The board discussed whether or not to replace the trees, which had been serving as a buffer. No action was taken on the matter.

Floyd told board members that there eventually has to be more parking at the Ag Center.

“If you have an event, you need to have someone parking cars,” Floyd said.

The superintendent also gave the board an updated financial report.

The system has completed 2/12 or 16.67 percent of its fiscal year. In the month of August the system received $458,441.48 in revenue and had expenditures in the amount of
$1,502,910.50. And, as ofmAug. 31, the school system had assets of $5,860,475.70 and liabilities of $162,623, giving he school system a fund equity of $5,697,852.40.

There was also a request presented to the board for additional personnel for the district’s
Special Kids in Preschool (SKIP) class located at Hartwell Elementary School. The class serves students with disabilities between the age of 3 and 4,

The request was made to house an additional SKIP class at South Hart Elementary School.

The board approved the hiring of a pre-K teacher and two paraprofessionals
for the program. There are currently 20 children n the SKIP program but another nine are being tested.

In other business:

• North Hart Elementary School was recognized during the meeting as a Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School.

• It was also announced that the REACH Georgia Signing Ceremony will be held at 1:45 p.m. on Oct. 6 at the Fine Arts Center. The REACH scholarship program will be signing
five eighth graders that will be mentored throughout the high school years and each will receive a $10,000 scholarship for college. Individuals interested in attending should
RSVP to Jessica

• A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held for the College and Career Academy

at 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 9. The ceremony will be held in the health and wellness center.

• Certificates of recognition were awarded to the custodians at Hartn County Middle School for their high performance level over the last several months.