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The Trion Board of Education will keep the same tuition for next year that has been in place for the past several years. That action came at the board’s monthly meeting Monday.
The tuition will be $150 per student with a maximum of $450 per family. Town of Trion employees’ kids are exempt from paying the tuition.
“With more than $4-million in the bank, I don’t see the need t to change that,” School Superintendent Dr. Phil Williams said.
The board also discussed its COVID-19 numbers which had spiked this week.
“The Omicron variant is here,” Supt. Williams told the board. “Our COVID numbers are increasing and as a matter of fact, Athletic Director Jason Lanham called me today and said we had to shut our boys basketball team down with six of the 10 players on the team home sick.”
The team will be shut down until Monday. Both coaches also tested positive, according to the superintendent.
The school will have to re-arrange the schedule around for the games that had to be canceled. They were games against Mt. Zion, Bowdon and Atlanta Classic.
“That was the only choice we had,” Supt. Williams added. “Omicron variant is not as severe as the previous variants.”
He added that they would continue to do the best they can as far as cleaning.
“If it gets to a certain percentage, we will have to make some decisions,” the superintendent said.
In financial matters, the board:
* Approved the SPLOST financial report for December 21, 2021. The document shows a balance of $795,992.29. The document shows the system had collected $91,323.60 in SPLOST collections for December.
* Approved the General Fund Obligation Bond series (2016) for December 2021. The document shows a balance of $114,408.32.
* Approved the system financial report for November 30, 2021.
The document shows with 41.66 percent of the fiscal year completed, the system had received 41.00 percent of its budgeted revenue and made 39.76 percent of its budgeted expenditures. The fund balance was $4,481,525.45.
$1 million of that balance is assigned for capital projects.
* Approved the School Nutrition Program financial statement. The document showed 51 percent of its anticipated revenue collected and 38 percent of its budgeted expenditures made. The cafeteria cash in bank for Nov. 31, 2021, was $97,835.22.
In other business:
* The board looked at the system enrollment report which showed an enrollment of 1,352 students.
* The board heard the Band Boosters and Bulldog Athletic Club financial reports.
In personnel action, the board:
* Approved the hiring of Kimberly Truong as a substitute teacher.
—Story By Gene Espy