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School board has new meeting site

Middlesex County School Board meetings will now be in Saluda—not Cooks Corner.

The Middlesex County School Board approved a resolution Monday to change its monthly meeting site from the Cooks Corner Office Complex to the remodeled courtroom in the historic courthouse in Saluda.

Earlier this month the Middlesex Board of Supervisors agreed to allow the school board to use the old courthouse, which is where the supervisors also meet.

School board member Lee Walton said it was a “great” idea to move the meeting location. “It (courtroom) has new technology and much more seating capacity than where we are,” he said.

School superintendent Rusty Fairheart said the remodeled old courtroom is a much more “user-friendly facility than our current meeting room.”

School board member Beth Hurd asked if the elevator was working at the historic courthouse because the stairs are difficult for the handicapped and elderly.

Fairheart said there was an elevator in use at the site. 

The school board’s first meeting in the courtroom will be on September 8 at 7 p.m. The school board meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m.

In the past county school boards have met at various locations throughout the county, including the media centers at Middlesex High School, St. Clare Walker Middle School and old Rappahannock Central Elementary School, and at the Woodward Building boardroom at the courthouse complex in Saluda.

In another matter, Fairheart announced that a final progress meeting on the new roof at Middlesex High School was held on August 8 and everything was satisfactory.

He noted that the two companies involved in 20-year warranties on the roof construction and materials signed off on those warranties and everything appeared in order.

In other matters, the board:

  • Hired John Hegdal as math teacher at St. Clare Walker Middle School.
  • Hired Megan Doody as a teacher at Middlesex Elementary School.
  • Approved a request from the Boy Scouts of America to use the MES cafeteria to host Cub Scout Recruitment Night on Tuesday, September 23, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Approved a request from the Virginia Building and Code Officials Association to use the auditorium at St. Clare Walker for a code training class for building contractors and designers on August 28 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Approved an employee mileage reimbursement increase from 32.5 cents per mile to 51 cents. Hurd noted the IRS is allowing 58.5 cents a mile. 
  • Fairheart said the reimbursement rate is changing daily but the 51-cent rate is fair. He also noted the IRS figure has been going up and down.
  • Accepted health insurance premium rates that are slightly lower than last year.
  • Approved rules surrounding the use of cell phones in the schools and concerning standard conduct within the schools.

posted 08.18.2008

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