Holmes County District School Board approved of Resolution to Adopt Millage Rate at 7.396 and Resolution to Adopt Budget for 2013-2014 at $32,933,665 during their regular meeting on Sept. 17, with the millage rate being approved with a vote of four to one, with Board member Debbie Kolmetz voting “no.”


BONIFAY — Holmes County District School Board approved of Resolution to Adopt Millage Rate at 7.396 and Resolution to Adopt Budget for 2013-2014 at $32,933,665 during their regular meeting on Sept. 17, with the millage rate being approved with a vote of four to one, with Board member Debbie Kolmetz voting “no.”



“We were able to break down the funding in much more depth than we’ve ever been able to before,” said Finance Officer Larry Hawkins. “We’ve got it broke down to where we can see the cost of each student. We’re still not back to the peak we were at in 2008 but we’re functioning.”



Local resident Janet Watson was present to ask about improving the school lunch program at Poplar Springs School.



“Thanks to Mrs. Obama we’ve had to undergo changes in the lunch rooms, though the only thing that’s changed is that they’ve added salads,” said Watson. “My children are coming home hungry.”



Chair Rusty Williams agreed that changes could be made to better the lunch selection at Poplar Springs School.



“I know we’re following the state guidelines when it comes to providing school lunches,” said Superintendent Eddie Dixon. “We can look at additional programs and see what we can do.”



Watson also added that the gym’s air conditioning needed to be fixed.



“We had a tournament in a gym without AC,” said Watson. “I don’t believe it is good for the kids to play in an enclosed area at 170 degree Fahrenheit temperatures.”



Board approved of the list of out-of-field teachers for 2013-2014.



“ESE standards have changed this year,” said Dixon. “The standard is that teachers must be certified in every subject they teach so a few will have to take a little while but they’re working on it.”



Board also approved of out-of-county/state students, bell schedules and school advisory councils.



“I wanted to take a moment to say that Hawkins does such a good job,” said Dixon. “He puts in a lot of hard work. As far as schools go, we’re just really blessed.”



The next meeting of the Holmes County District School Board is set for 9 a.m. on Oct. 1.