A $6,709,955 budget was approved last night by the Calhoun Board of Education. It is the "basic operating budget, less special programs and grants," according to Superintendent Ron Blankenship. Blankenship said there may be three more million dollars in special funding used for additional or supplemental programs. The board's continuing special levy was also approved.

The Light's On - Twenty First Century Grant alone will generate $700,000 more to the county budget for the next three years.

Connie Roberts (far right) discusses budget with Ron Blankenship (left) and school board President Rick Fitzwater (middle)

The board's financial officer Connie Roberts said the budget has $300,000 less to operate than last year. Loss of students linked to the state's funding formula is a situation which has occurred in most West Virginia counties. "The school budget is 92% personnel costs," said Roberts.

Superintendent Blankenship told board members the OEPA audit on county school facilities was "extremely good." He said it was among the best performance audits in the state, although there were minor recommendations. Nearly every county was challenged for not having enough multi-cultural programs and concern was expressed toward Calhoun schools about the lack of "instructional activities," including clubs and social time.

The State Board of Education will be meeting here on June 13th and 14th, a first time event for Calhoun County. Parents, civic leaders, elected officials and the general public will be invited to meet with the State Board at an evening meeting, said Blankenship. The meetings will be held in the auditorium of CM/HS.

Job postings were approved for "citizen coaches" including assistant varsity football coaches(2), head middle school football coach, assistant middle school football coach, soccer coach, assistant volleyball coach, varsity cheerleading coach and middle school cheerleading coach. Cathy Craddock was employed as a substitute teacher.

Blankenship reminded board members of special activities at the end of the school year. Board member Burl Simers expressed concern about "dead-head" miles and the rising costs of gasoline.

The next meeting will be on May 7 at the Board Office.


April 25 Troll Book Fair - Pleasant Hill School

April 26 Read To Me Day in Schools

April 27 Teen Issues Day - Calhoun Middle/High School

May 7 School Board Meeting

May 10 Progress Reports Distributed

May 16 Art Show, Pleasant Hill Elementary

May 17 Middle School Dance

May 18 Employee Recognition Luncheon (No school day)

May 22 Middle School LSIC Meeting 3:15

May 24 Science Olympiad

May 28 No School: Memorial Day

May 29 Honor Graduate Banquet

May 30 Step-up day for 4th/8th graders

May 31 Academic Awards Event 7:30 p.m.

June 1 Graduation 7 p.m. CM/HS gym

June 4 Middle School RSP, trip 5th/6th grades - Board Meeting

June 5 Middle School RSP, trip 7th/8th grades, Middle School Student Booster Meeting 6 p.m.

June 6 Middle School Sat 9 / Trip to Six Flags

June 7 Last day for students

June 8 Prep Day

June 11 TP Day

June 12 CE Day

June 13 State Board of Education meets at CM/HS

June 14 State Board of Education meets at CM/HS

June 18 Tentative beginning summer school

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