JANUARY 18, 1999


The Henderson County Board of Commissioners met for a special called meeting at 5:00 p.m. in the Commissioners' Conference Room of the Henderson County Office Building.

Those present were: Chairman Grady Hawkins, Vice-Chair Bill Moyer, Commissioner Renee Kumor, Commissioner Don Ward, Commissioner Marilyn Gordon, County Manager David E. Nicholson and Assistant County Manager Angela S. Beeker.

Also present were Finance Director J. Carey McLelland, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Yeager as well as all members of the Board of Public Education except Ken Butcher, which were the following: Chairman Ervin W. Bazzle, Brenda O. Brock, Allen A. Combs, Linda R. Hawk, Melissa L. Maurer, and Jane S. Orwoll.

Absent was: Clerk to the Board Elizabeth W. Corn.


Chairman Hawkins called the meeting to order and welcomed all in attendance. He stated that the purpose of this meeting was a work session with the Board of Public Education. He reviewed the goals of the Joint School Facility Committee from the Report from the Joint Facilities Committee. This Report primarily covered the issues concerning the proposed Fletcher Elementary School.


Bill Barnwell reviewed the issues associated with the Fletcher School Site. Several changes have been made to the original plan including placing the facility above the 100 year flood plain, changing the entrance and some environmental matters. Mr. Barnwell reviewed the footprint of the building and the number and location of the classrooms. The Fletcher School is now designed to house a maximum of 660 students.

Chairman Hawkins presented the turn key cost of 9.2 to 9.5 million dollars and stated that the facility is 84,316 square feet. He then presented the funding plan which included utilizing the 3.1 million dollars of available funds from the FY 98-99 1.5 cent property tax increase, ADM Fund and Capital Reserve Fund. The County will need to borrow 6.4 million dollars. The Joint School Facilities Committee recommended Funding Scenario #4 as presented in their report. Mr. Hawkins also explained that the funding charts indicated the additional funds that will be available during the next few fiscal years for maintenance.

Chairman Hawkins presented a Joint Resolution accepting the Report from the Joint School Facilities Committee and instructing the staffs to complete the bid and construction documents and develop a financial package for Fletcher Elementary School.

Ervin Bazzle, Chairman of the Board of Public Education, indicated that their Board would review the Joint Resolution at their meeting scheduled for January 22, 1999. After polling his Board, there was a consensus to approve the Joint Resolution at the January 22 meeting.

Chairman Hawkins made the motion that the Board of Commissioners approve the Joint Resolution. A vote was taken and the motion carried four to one with Commissioner Moyer voting nay. Commissioner Moyer stated that he supported the Fletcher School Proposal but that a long-term facilities plan identifying all school facilities needs and specifically the immediate needs of the Etowah Elementary School and the middle schools should have been dealt with before the plan was approved. Mr. Moyer also objected to the financing plan in that it would limit the Commissioners= ability to finance other needed school projects.

The two Boards discussed the future of the Joint School Facilities Committee. All agreed that this process had worked well for the community. Commissioner Kumor asked if other issues such as joint purchasing, vehicle and facility maintenance would be considered by the Committee. It was agreed that the Superintendent and County Manager would work together on these ideas and make a report to the Boards.

There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned.




Elizabeth W. Corn, Clerk Grady Hawkins, Chairman