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BoE keeps millage rate same

POSTED: December 16, 2008 5:00 a.m.
Rezoning, joint-education plans with Fort Stewart, and a decision on the recommended millage rate were among the items on the agenda at the Liberty County Board of Education monthly meeting on Nov. 18.
Also, for the first time in Liberty County, the school board adopted a supplemental retirement plan for non-educator employees such as custodians and bus drivers.
The BOE first tackled rezoning possibilities for elementary and middle schools. It is considering rezoning a few small areas in order to absorb recent population increases and shifts. Although the board agreed that rezoning may not be necessary in the near future, it postponed a decision in order to evaluate all options. The issue will be discussed again in December.
Jason Rogers, assistant superintendent for the Liberty County School System, held a public hearing concerning adoption of a new millage rate. One resident asked questions about the tax but said nothing against the rate. The current millage is 15.6, the same as last year’s rate.
Issues concerning the education partnership between the county and Fort Stewart included the possibility of moving some sixth-graders on post into county schools.
Also, putting a middle school on post was discussed. According to a memo given out by the board, engineers hired by the county took soil samples from the proposed site and the results came back showing that one of 45 samples taken was not in regulation with standards set by the Georgia Department of Natural Resource. The site was revaluated and reported to be OK.
On the new supplemental retirement plan for non-teaching employees in the system three or more years, school board chairperson Lily Baker said: “It should have been done a long time ago.
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