School Board Lowers Rate for Daycare for Employees and More

Derek Shouse

The Anderson County School Board held their monthly meeting last night and covered a number of important topics. One that has been affecting the staff and teachers at the schools is the new fees for employees to use daycare services at the elementary schools.

In the July meeting, the school board approved to charge teachers with children in the programs nominal fees that were competitive with private preschools.  It was deemed necessary as a way to balance the whole daycare system, particularly Emma B Ward’s program which has been running deeply negative due to the number of children from teachers and staff in that program.

Two teachers from Anderson Middle School, Jessica Beasley and Melody Moeller, explained to the board how this has affected them.  Due to the costs, they end up taking their children from the elementary schools to the middle school after school.  This causes difficulty to get work done during this time.

The Anderson County Education Association proposed a different fee schedule to the board to help alleviate the deficit while also giving the teachers a break.  They proposed a $15 flat fee for each family per week instead of based on the number of children attending per week.

The board had mixed reviews on the idea.  James Sargent was positive for it, seeing how many teachers are just going to pull the students out of the program and not pay at all.  “I’ve talked with staff members at the schools…It’s a matter if we don’t deduct our fees, they’re going to take their kid out of there and they’re going to have them in the classroom and not pay anything,” he said.

Lee Hahn brought up the issue with a decrease in the fees that it may still not cover deficit being seen in Ward’s program.  “You can’t give something you don’t have.  You cannot run a daycare center in a negative situation,” he said.  Both Donna Drury and Scott Brown wanted to see how the change in the fees would affect the numbers and deficit; however, finance director David Wilkerson couldn’t provide how the proposed fees would affect the situation at that time.

James Sargent continued in his support of the plan: “My point is we didn’t give them a raise this year.  Maybe next year we might be able to give them a raise.  We can look at it at that time, and if we are able to give them a raise and we are still in a deficit, we may have to raise the charge up.”  In the end, the proposal was approved by the board.

The old Glensboro School building, which sits in front of the high school, was also given another chance.  The board didn’t receive any bids to buy and move the building during the 30 day extended time for the bidding process.

Scott Brown was in favor of giving the bidding process more time instead of doing anything drastic at this time: “We have two people interested.  Maybe the time frame didn’t allow them to get all their ducks in a row.”  He continued, “It’s not costing us for it to just sit there. I would like to see us extend the bid 60 days.”  The board approved the 60 day extension.

Derek Shouse also gave an update on the enrollment levels in the district.  According to Derek, the district saw a large dip in enrollment last year, but the tide has slowed, with currently losing 12 students compared to last year.  The elementary schools saw the most drop in enrollment while the high school, middle school, and ECC saw substantial increases.  He also reported more out of state students are enrolling in the county with families being impressed with how the school system is working here.

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