Continued energy savings, disappointing December SPLOST revenues, stabilized student numbers and streamlining school system policies were the topics the Barrow County Board of Education discussed at the January 6 meeting.
Haymon-Morris Middle School saved 20-percent in energy costs in the month of October, as compared to last year, assistant superintendent of facilities & operations, Jake Grant said. That earned the school a $270 rebate from Jackson EMC; the school can utilize the rebate for any purpose. Other facilities that used less energy in October, as compared to 2010 were: the Performance Learning Center, 18-percent; the Professional Development Center, 11-percent; Russell Middle School, 8-percent; Statham Elementary School, 6-percent; Yargo Elementary School, 2-percent; and, Winder-Barrow Middle School, 1-percent.
“In the face of rising energy rates and extreme temperatures on both ends (of the thermometer) this year, this is just amazing,” Grant said.
The school systems balance sheet is “right about” where executive director of business services, Ken Cato, said he “would expect it to be” this time of the fiscal year.
“Cash, at this point, is pretty strong,” he said.
SPLOST collections for December, however, were “a disappointment,” when compared to last December. Some $616,000 in SPLOST funds came in, which is $65,000 less than the $682,000 gained in December, 2009.
The school board will begin reviewing suggested policy revision made by several committees that evaluated current policies in an effort to take a “much more streamlined approach,” Superintendent Wanda Creel said.