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Schools pass asbestos test

It’s required by law every three years and Clay County schools’ asbestos inspection found that all school facilities are satisfactory, school board members learned Monday evening.
Clay County Schools Superintendent Mark Leek shared this information with the board, along with school calendar revisions and proposed dates for the current and coming school years.
“The asbestos inspections are done under the auspices of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act,” Leek said.
Also at Monday’s meeting, the board also gave its approval to three student overnight trips in April: the high school Health Occupations Students of America competition in Greensboro, the All-State Chorus Competition also in Greensboro and the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs trip to Hiwassee/Ocoee State park in Tennessee, operated for local students through Appalachian State University.
Friday, May 27 remains the target date for graduation for students in the 2015-16 school year. Monday, Aug. 22 is the starting school date for students in the 2016-17 school year.
The board has in hand a lengthy list of school policy revisions, most of them dictated by state law. Board members were told to look over the changes before voting to accept them at a subsequent meeting.
School Finance Officer Shelley Hollingsworth presented the proposed local current expense budget for 2016-17. The major change is a request for additional county appropriation funds to cover non-recurring forestry funds in the amount of $105,000, she said. Leek said the schools have been warned in the past that these funds will no longer be forthcoming, and this request is to cover any shortfall.
School officials also will ask the county to consider a request to purchase a new school bus. A loaner bus is currently in use. The schools have more than 900 students riding 21 buses and will need to purchase the first additional bus with local funds.
Leek said the schools are notifying the county of this request before budget negotiations for the upcoming fiscal year.
After the public meeting the board, in closed sessionmade the following personnel decisions:
• Added Katie Cotton to the lunchroom staff.
• Accepted the retirement of Rhonda Buchanan and the resignation of Sarah Jones, both exceptional children’s teachers in the middle school.

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