Could new school facilities be in the future for Altha, Carr, and Blountstown Elementary? The Calhoun County School Board is researching that matter and discussed it at last Tuesday night’s board meeting.
Board lobbyist Patrick Bell presented a package on the “COPs”(Certificate of Participation) program that began in 1989. COPs is a lease-purchase financing option which can be implemented without elector approval by referendum. Through COPs, the bank or other financier owns the building with the school district owning the land and payments being made over a 20 year period. In addition to lease payments, Bell said a $3000 per month fee is paid to the School Board Association for administering the program. Bell explained that the law allows 1.125 of the 1.5 millage for capital outlay could be used to pay for the schools.
Superintendent Tommy McClellan said he didn’t think the program would work since it would tie up tax dollars for 20 years. Bell said he wasn’t advising either way, but noted, “It may be a long time before you get special needs [money] again and you may never get it.”
A workshop on the matter is being scheduled. Stay tuned.
i live on the corner of charlie skipper rd & chester pickron rd. the commission has put 250 loads of clifford newsomes clay on a road built through a wetland (the commission says its not but i listen to the frogs & watch the cranes fly & land in it every day. my point is the road has been half done for months now. we have to call "our commissioner" every time it sprinkles! the school bus travels this "road" every day& it's 6ft above the natural ground & it's one lane! i worked with jimmy yon for years & we would have not left a logging road in that condition overnight much less for a school bus traveling on it! i guess theres not enough tax dollars in this corner of the county it's time for the good ol' boy system to come to an end! what's going to happen when the school bus slides off in it with our kids?