CHIPLEY - The Washington County School Board will meet at 3:30 p.m., Monday, July 28, to discuss the proposed half-cent sales tax and to give the public a chance to give their input. The meeting was scheduled when they met in regular session Monday.
The tax is, which will be used primarily to update technology in schools throughout the system, is expected to generate between $750,000 to $800,000 annually. That revenue would be used for upgrades, such as broadband and computer replacement and capital outlay projects, such as expanding outside cafeteria areas and covering walkways from parent drop-offs to school offices.
Board members have not yet approved the proposal, but are expected to request the Board of County Commissioners place it as a referendum on the November ballot.
From there, commissioners would have to agree to place the referendum on the ballot for November's General Election.
In other action, board members heard a report from Washington-Holmes Technical Center Martha Compton, who reported 33 students attended the "Rockin' Robotics" camp, which was a joint effort of WHTC and the Washington County Extension office.
Board members also heard an update on construction at Vernon Elementary School and were told the project is "on time and on budget" with a final walk through inspection scheduled for the first week in August.
Board members also took the following action on human resource items:
· WISE- Approved additional days for administrator Sam Cox, who is on special assignment
Chipley High School - approved employment recommendations for teachers Lindy Acuff, David
· Hausner, Chelsea Fayne, and paraprofessional Sandra Solger.
· Kate M. Smith Elementary School - approved employment recommendation of teacher Anne Mary Nichols and leave of absence requests for teachers Sarah Biddle and Courtney O'Brien
· Vernon Elementary School - approved leave of absence for Karri Park and approved the resignation of Cynthia J. Wynn
· WHTC- Approved employment recommendation of secretary Lisa Hayes and approval of Kimberly J. Shaw for the 2014 summer term.
The board will meet again at 5 p.m. July 22 in a workshop and budget meeting.