|A $6,709,955 budget was approved last night by the Calhoun Board of
It is the "basic operating budget, less special programs and grants,"
Superintendent Ron Blankenship. Blankenship said there may be three
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
facilities was "extremely good." He said it was among the best
in the state, although there were minor recommendations. Nearly every
challenged for not having enough multi-cultural programs and concern
expressed toward Calhoun schools about the lack of "instructional
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
said Blankenship. The meetings will be held in the auditorium of
Job postings were approved for "citizen coaches" including assistant
coaches(2), head middle school football coach, assistant middle school
coach, soccer coach, assistant volleyball coach, varsity cheerleading
middle school cheerleading coach. Cathy Craddock was employed as a
Blankenship reminded board members of special activities at the end of
year. Board member Burl Simers expressed concern about "dead-head"
the rising costs of gasoline.
The next meeting will be on May 7 at the Board Office.
CALHOUN'S END OF SCHOOL SCHEDULE - Last Day Is June 7th.
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
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