Apple Festival Grants and Preparations in Financial Approvals

Apple Festival Grants and Preparations in Financial Approvals

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EAST ELLIJAY, Ga. — Several financial approvals came from the Board of Education this week along with grant letters, memoranda, bonds and the monthly financial report.

With October just weeks away, the council approved a memorandum of understanding with Gilmer Chamber using its buses again this year. With an increase in the bus drivers’ hourly rate, the $56,000 deal was approved at their regular meeting. Biggest event of the year in Gilmer County, buses typically run between multiple locations including downtown for Apple Arts, Apple Festival attendance event, school parking lot for visitors of the festival and the festival grounds themselves.

The council moved on to grant applications for the College and Career Academy at the Larry Walker Education Center. In support of a $3 million grant for the College and Career Academy, a requirement was imposed to include a letter of support from the school board. The board recently approved the transfer of teaching units in July to bring it in line with the transfer and phase-out of buildings to put state credit revenues where they belong.

The 2022 Bond Bus Approval and September Monthly Financial Report supplemented the meeting’s financial approvals as well as procurement policy information, including additional GHS weightings. Board member Joe Pflueger asked about the purchase after the board spent $40,000 in June on new high school weights. The purchase was made to replace broken weights as well as 3 additional weight stations due to the high volume of students using and waiting at the original stations. With the three additional stations, a total of nine are now in use at the high school.

The purchases also include $12,000 for school system inspections as the board seeks to recover from a recent lightning strike that damaged the main administration building and highlighted the need to add or replace generators in the system.

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