Jefferson City will experience similar zoning issues, with
zoning for the new school splitting George Street and Russell
Avenue and continuing on the McDonalds side of the road east
through the City proper. Areas that are in closer proximity to
the new school will not be rezoned, as they are currently zoned
for Piedmont. In all, around 550 students will be affected by
the proposed rezoning, many living within a mile or less of
their current school zone. Director Phagan stated that issues
arose in placing students in appropriate numbers in the various
grades. The School Board is expected to vote on the rezoning
issue at a Called Meeting next week, so that letters can go out
to the parents of students that are impacted by the move.
Director of School Edmonds stated that there will be an appeals
process ,however the system must be careful in granting approval
for appeals. The contact for appeals will be available following
approval of the rezoning proposal by the School Board.
New Elementary School Principal Sandra Austin stated that she
hopes to have contact with parents prior to the opening of the
new school next Fall. Director Edmonds stated that the new
school does not currently have funds for playground equipment,
however he hopes a sharing of funds can go toward that purpose.
The new elementary school, named by the School Board as Mt.
Horeb Elementary School, will be known as the Mt Horeb Hawks.
The School Board noted that the new elementary school is the
first school in 25 plus years that is totally new for the County
and that it should be considered a privilege to attend the new
Jefferson County teacher will most likely find no significant
changes to their benefits during either before or after
retirement. The early retirement incentive will remain for this
year, however it may not be carried over in its entirety for the
future. Currently, Jefferson County pays incentive and sick pay.
The board is looking into the possibility of trimming the early
retirement incentive or the sick day balance pay and using those
funds to increase teacherís salary. Concerns about the lagging
salary for Jefferson County teachers has the board seeking
avenues to fund additional pay. Health insurance benefits are
slotted to remain unchanged, and there is hope that the vision,
dental and life insurance plans can be negotiated by Committee
to provide better coverage.
The School Board got a first look at the upcoming budget, though
no salary adjustments were discussed. Most departments appear to
be holding close to last yearís budget numbers. The
Transportation Department is running one fiscal year behind in
paying for buses and will propose amendments to catch up to the
current year. The system fell behind in payment of buses during
the 2009 school year and has been rolling one year behind since
then. Transportation will also ask for an amendment for gas and
diesel, as they are past due in payments. Though the entire
budget picture in not yet available, other than transportation
and maintenance, there is, thus far, no excessive increases
budgeted for the 2012-2012 fiscal year. The School Board plans
to possibility sale or donate, for the cost of moving, the
portables at Jefferson Elementary and Dandridge Elementary that
are owned by the system. Those that are rented must be brought
up to standard and the school system must pay for their removal.
The budget for 2012-2013 and board policy discussion, in regard
to teachers, will be continued at the next School Board work
session. Rezoning for the new School and Board Policy that
continues insurance benefits that are currently in place for
both certified and non certified personnel are both on the
agenda for vote in a called meeting that will precede the work