Marietta Board of Education discussed the parting of the Superintendent, the Five Year Forecast, vaping in schools and the continuation of livestreaming the meetings, at Monday’s meeting.
Eric Reed, board president, said since the last meeting, the district passed two renewal levies, and the board is “tremendously appreciative.”
“Since then (the last meeting) Mr. Hampton has a new opportunity, and will be leaving us in the fall and again we have tremendous appreciation for the time you’ve given Marietta City Schools,” he said.
Superintendent Will Hampton was approved as the new superintendent at Alexander Local School District in Athens County, starting in August.
Hampton responded, “My appreciation is for the people that I’ve worked with, and the things that they’ve done for me and with me and for my family,” he said. “They have impacted me, more so. I’m just blessed, blessed to have been here, blessed to have been a part of the team.”
Bill Hutchinson, board member, said he appreciated the hard work Hampton has put in during his time in the district.
Frank Antill, treasurer, said the Five Year Forecast is submitted each November and May. The May forecast is a compilation of revenue and expenditures through April, then cash flow he estimated from May and June. Antill said the November 2021 forecast showed a surplus of revenue projected to be about $1.9 million. He said today the estimate is approximately $2 million.
“We’re pretty close to where we anticipated our revenue expenditures come in,” he said.
Antill said the cash balance as of July 1, 2021, stood at $6.7 million and is now projected to be approximately $8.8 million.
Antill said many changes affected expenses, like the consolidation of six buildings into four and receiving ESSER (Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief) funding. Antill said the forecast doesn’t show deficit spending until 2025.
He also stated the general fund balance at the end of April is $10.8 million, as opposed to the $7.9 balance as of last year.
Antill also talked about a grant for vape detectors at Marietta Elementary School and the high school. These detectors that are placed in bathrooms, send a signal to the administrators to let them know that someone is vaping in the bathroom, if it is set off.
“We’re seeing a rising number of vapes throughout the system,” he said.
Brittany Schob, MES principal, said that it will help them educate their students on what not to do and to not vape in or outside of school.
Mark Weihl, community resident, spoke during the citizen forum about livestreaming the meetings. He said the continued livestream is a good thing for the district. He said many teachers and retirees that he knows watch the board meeting livestreams and that helps them feel like they are a part of the process.
“Transparency, I think is critical, I do hope you continue that, and I hope you even think about doing more of the meetings to get even more input from the community. I think the community has a lot to offer to help you all kind of go through your process of leading us in the future,” he said.
Cody Parman, board member, said although they won’t always be livestreamed, now is probably the wrong time to stop livestreaming.
“I’m all for keeping it going for the regular board meetings,” said Reed, about livestreaming.
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