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Huntingdon School Approves 2021-22 Budget

By Joel Washburn
washburn@mckenziebanner.com
Posted 7/27/21

HUNTINGDON (July 22) — There is no tax increase to fund the 2021-22 fiscal year budget for the Huntingdon Special School District. The Board of Education approved the new $16.6 million budget with a tax rate of $1.1211 per $100 assessed value - the same as last year.

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Huntingdon School Approves 2021-22 Budget

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HUNTINGDON (July 22) — There is no tax increase to fund the 2021-22 fiscal year budget for the Huntingdon Special School District. The Board of Education approved the new $16.6 million budget with a tax rate of $1.1211 per $100 assessed value - the same as last year.

Jonathan Kee, serving in his first meeting as the director of schools, said the budget includes $5,476,450 in federal money $9,882,790 for the general fund, $774,268 in the cafeteria fund, and $470,000 in debt service.

The school system will install a new roof on the high school, sans the new band room, third wing, and main part of the gymnasium. It will be funded by a federal COVID relief grant known as ESSER 3.0. The maximum price of the roof is $599,478 including engineering fees. Affordable Roofing Company was the apparent low bidder at $490,300.

Pay for substitute teachers was increased by $5 daily to a new rate of $60 for non-certified and $65 for certified teachers.

Board policies were amended to correspond with new state laws.

Student athletes are now only permitted to participate in athletic activities that align with their birth sex.

Coaches must now follow a set code of conduct to ensure the health and safety of athletes.

Middle school students must be informed of any available career and technical education opportunities in which the student is eligible to participate after being administered aptitude assessments in eighth grade.

The school must attempt to eliminate extreme student truancy with conferences with the parents or guardians, offering after-school tutoring or enrichment programs, and possibly referral to juvenile court.

Parents of home-schooled students must possess a high school diploma, GED or HiSET, students’ names, age, and the curriculum offered must be submitted to the local director of schools. Students must comply with state vaccination requirements and examinations of curriculum.

Vaccinations and physical examinations are necessary upon entering school for the first time and for participation in school athletic programs. A student can be exempt for religious objections if in the absence of an epidencie or immediate threat of an epidemic, except in the event of a COVID-19 or any variant outbreak.

Lee Carter, MD, the chairman of the school board, expressed his concern about the Tennessee General Assembly adding the language about COVID-19.

New hires for the school system include: Wendy Allison - Huntingdon Middle School (HMS) English-Language Arts (ELA) and Math; Janet Esch, HMS ELA; Haley Price, HHS Education Assistant; Peyton Spivey, HHS Education Assistant; Kelly Kolwyck HMS bookkeeper/secretary; Diane Brown, HHS Food Service; Jessica Dye, Huntingdon Primary School Food Service; Tonjia Allman, HPS Educational Assistant; Shanna Boyd, HHS teacher; Sabrina Burnine, Pre-K Assistant.

Transfers include: Judy Parish - HHS Assistant; Deanna Bailey and Heather Lewis, HMS Assistants; Richelle Stokes, HMS Food Service; and Kathryn Kreuziger, HPS Assistant.

Leaves of absences were approved for Mallori Laman, Norma Hardy, and Amanda Pruitt.

Three resignations were acknowledged. They were Ben Carter, eighth grade History teacher; Stephanie Cruce, Special Education; and Julie Sims, High School Computer.

The board renewed its contract with the Huntingdon Police Department to provide one student resource officer for each of the three school sites.

Nikki McCaslin was introduced to the board as the new secretary of the school board and food service.

The next board meeting is August 19, 4 p.m. in the Board of Education office on High Street.

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