Robert Aylor, interim finance director, is slated to provide budget work session updates when the Halifax County School Board meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Meadville Elementary School.
This comes after the board met for a budget input hearing and budget work session for the fiscal year 2020-2021 budget last Monday.
At that work session, the board reviewed $811,701 worth of budget requests including $579,187 in personnel requests, $70,299 worth of non-personnel school requests and $162,215 worth of non-personnel department requests.
Personnel requests included items such as $60,000 for a reading specialist for Halifax County Middle School, $15,000 for a dean of students, $25,000 for additional coaches at Halifax County High School, $60,000 for a math specialist at the elementary level and $50,000 for a coordinator of school safety.
Not included in the requests but brought up by board members were a mental health coordinator and a writing specialist.
Non-personnel requests included items such as $1,000 for two security systems at Scottsburg Elementary as well as $5,000 for safety items such as cameras, metal detectors and security fencing for Halifax County High School, $25,000 for playground expansion at South Boston/Halifax Early Learning Center, $2,000 for chapter books for all grades at Scottsburg Elementary, $15,000 for a digital marquee at Halifax County Middle School, $9,299 for Google expeditions virtual reality kits and $13,000 for consumable materials for the career and technical education department.
Board members also suggested seeing how much it would cost to get uniforms for all custodians.
Non-personnel department requests reviewed include two work vans for $25,000, a work truck for $10,000, two commercial riding mowers for $22,000, equipment and maintenance shed for $25,000, LETRS training for 24 first-grade teachers for $8,395, replacement of 15 SPED cars for $57,960 and installation of video on SPED cars for $13,860.
Other items Superintendent Dr. Mark Lineburg said last Monday they do not know the figures for yet include salary adjustments for a graded pay plan for employees and teachers, the possibility of modifying payout for sick leave, a potential Virginia Retirement System increase in the employer contribution, an increase in the composite index and the salary compensation from the state that has not been identified.
In other unfinished business, board members plan to continue discussion on a policy that would allow a 12th grade student to serve as a liaison between the board and the high school student body from August to June.
The student must be willing to convey student opinion to the board and report board deliberations and actions to the student body, according to the proposed policy.
Board members also are slated to review two bids, one for custodial supplies and another for propane fuel.
Halifax County Middle School Principal Dawn Miller is expected to lead a discussion on a life science exploration course.
Several recognitions are on Monday’s agenda including a student learning spotlight from Meadville Elementary students and Del. James Edmunds and the YES committee who led the charge to get the 1% sales tax passed that will be used solely for school construction.
Outgoing board members also are slated to be recognized, and new board members are expected to take their oaths.
The Halifax County High School and Halifax County Middle School Future Farmers of America students are on tap to give a presentation to the school board.
Brain Brown, executive director of the Halifax County Industrial Development Authority, also is slated to present a report to the board.
Board members are expected to go into closed session at the end of the meeting to discuss personnel and property matters.