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Montgomery BOE Approves Five-Year Plan
Monday, 01 March 2010

ImageTim Suttles receives recognition from School Superintendent Dr. Lynn Batten as the Montgomery County School System's "Special Education Teacher of the Year."

March 1--  The Montgomery County school board approved its five-year local facilities plan Monday night over the objections of school board member Deloris James of Alston.

The plan includes construction of an estimated $16 million dollar middle and high school which voters turned down in a school bond referendum last year.  James said she recognizes the need for a new facility, but not at this time due to the economy.  Board member Jackson Posey noted the plan is not binding on the board and gave his word that he will not vote for new school construction if it will cause an increase in county property taxes.

James claims the school system spent tax dollars trying to get voter approval of last year's school bond issue.  She says it paid bond broker Morgan Keegan $917.84 to produce a brochure promoting the issue.  School officials pleaded ignorance and said they will get a reimbursement check from Morgan Keegan.  James asked to see a copy of the check when it comes in.

She also wants proof the system followed board policy in awarding contracts for electrical work and for a land survey.  James say three bids are required before a contract is awarded.

The school board heard a presentation from Montgomery County High School principal Luke Smith regarding changing the school day from six to seven periods.  

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