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BOE trying to approve new levy

KINGWOOD — In February 2019, Preston County handed a five-year levy that generated $4.5 million per 12 months to help constructing upgrades and repairs, subject journeys, on-site studying experiences, educational, workplace provides and extra personnel at Preston County Colleges.

That levy runs out subsequent 12 months. Members of the Board of Schooling just lately authorised a brand new levy name that may in the end require board approval and submission to the Preston County Fee for assessment and approval. Whether it is authorised, the levy name will to be positioned on the Could 2024 poll.

Throughout an interview following Monday’s assembly, BOE Vice President Pamela Feathers pressured the significance of passing the brand new levy.

“This upcoming levy name is vitally necessary to the district. Upkeep of our buildings alone is a endless problem. The final levy afforded us the chance to make many enhancements and repairs in all of our buildings all through the county. Sadly, whilst householders, we all know that maintenance is an ongoing precedence for the longevity of any facility.” she mentioned.

As a result of decreased enrollment and the top of COVID reduction funds, Preston County stands to lose 20+ positions in skilled personnel and a good larger quantity in service personnel, Feathers mentioned.

“It goes with out saying what these cuts will do to classroom sizes in addition to the power to adequately workers for upkeep in every college. All of our college students have had the chance to expertise academic subject journeys which were solely funded by our levy. Actions of this nature couldn’t be provided with out levy funding,” she mentioned.

“I might encourage anybody that may need extra particular particulars of how levy funds have been utilized all through the district or of their native college, to achieve out to the county board workplace. That data is available and has additionally been shared periodically utilizing totally different strategies of communication. Nonetheless, upon request we might be very happy to supply further data.”

Earlier, Superintendent of Colleges Brad Martin mentioned the cuts in personnel can be attributable to monetary losses, together with a lack of college students, the lack of ESSER funds, the levy-based positions for subsequent 12 months and the uncertainty of the following bond passing.

In different enterprise, Martin mentioned second quarterly knowledge conferences are set to start subsequent week and stretch into the next week. He mentioned these conferences contain a group from the central workplace touring to every district college to debate ongoing educational and attendance knowledge with college administration and different members of the college curriculum, scholar help and/or management groups.

A BOE Recognition Ceremony was held in the course of the assembly for the 2023 JV volleyball, varsity volleyball and women cross nation champions.

Board members acknowledged the Central Preston JV and varsity volleyball groups. Each had excellent seasons highlighted by each groups capturing the Preston County Championship. JV members are Myla Zinn, Kylee Barr, Scarlet Bell, Aubrey Welch, Macy Thomas Ayla Fasouletos, Grace Estep and Laurel Hess.

Varsity members are Kalista Huggins, Magdalyn Wotring, Lannen Rouzee, Camryn Hayes, Addison Shaffer, Sophia Flowers, Maryn Shrout and Kendra Rankin. The group coach is James Bishop, who’s assisted by Lisa Weaver.

The Central Preston cross-country group additionally captured the county championship. Workforce members are Zoey Borgman, Delaney Seese, Nevaeh West, Zoe Fasouletos, Alexis Goss, Rebekah Yates, Moriah Wilson and Sydney Wade. The coach is Tiffany Pyles.

The following assembly of the Preston County Board of Schooling will likely be at 6 p.m. Dec. 18 on the Fellowsville Elementary Faculty.