BOE Reviews Budget

The Hardy County Board of Education received the final budget update for the calendar year 2019 at their meeting held Monday, Dec. 16. 

Finance Director Veeta Burgess reported a number of increases over last year, but none that weren’t anticipated.

“The salary increases are consistent with the raises everyone was given” she said. “Insurance has gone up, liability, fire, property, etc., but we knew that was going to increase. We still have $580,000 in reserve.”

The board approved two policies for first reading. They include:

•Reduction In Work Force Policy GBK

•Lateral Transfer Policy GCF

Those policies will appear on an upcoming agenda with comments from staff, if there are any. 

The board discussed the number of Hardy County students who attend the South Branch Career and Technical Center. Board Vice President Doug Hines was especially concerned.

“The number of Moorefield High School students going to South Branch has declined again,” he said.

Board President Nancy Hahn said there needs to be a greater emphasis placed on Career and Technical Education.

“The 8th-graders from Moorefield Middle and East Hardy Early Middle schools are scheduled to tour the facilities,” said Superintendent Sheena VanMeter. “It’s much more difficult to get in, than in the past.”

Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Strawderman said the criteria includes the students’ history as well as current grades. 

“They look at grades as well as attendance and behavior,” she said.

“They want students who are willing to make a commitment.”

“We pay a third of the cost,” said Board member Dixie Bean.

“We should be charged by the number of students.”

“We should look at the whole CTE program,” said Board member Jerry Yates.

Future agenda items include a presentation regarding special education on Monday, Jan. 6 and a report from the Library Commission on Monday, Jan. 21.

The next meeting of the Hardy County Board of Education is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 6 beginning at 5 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Central Office, 510 Ashby St. in Moorefield. The public is invited to attend.