David Howle, who took the job in May, estimated he had saved the school system about $49,000 since May, $7,000 in the last three weeks alone, by doing the work himself instead of the schools having to call in contractors.
“Most of that’s in service calls,” Howle said.
Even if he has to call repairmen, just letting them know what they need to fix when they get there saves them time and the school system money, Howle told the board members.
Howle is also working hard to save money on supplies by getting all the schools ordering together in bulk, he said.
Howle said he believes the schools will be better maintained under the new system.
“Things are not let go since the board is paying for a lot of this little knick-knack stuff,” Howle said. “The principals I’m sure would let it go because they didn’t think they’d have the money.”
Fruithurst Principal Christy Hiett agreed.
“Things get fixed quickly and we’re appreciative of that,” Hiett said.
In other business the board:
— Heard from Beth Clanton, the attendance officer, the school system had 2,615 students in kindergarten through 12th grade this school year. It has 49 pre-kindergarten students. In a 20-day count, the system had 56 percent of its students eligible for free or reduced price lunches and 96 percent average daily attendance.
— Approved the Medicaid Administrative Claim Program contract which allows the system to receive reimbursement for its two certified speech therapists.
— Approved employing Martha Champion as part-time food service assistant and Allie Bobo as part-time instructional aide at Cleburne County Elementary School.
— Accepted the retirement of Peggy Collum, district administrative director, effective Oct. 1.
— Approved a bid from Vision Enterprises for paper products.
— Heard from Renee Morrison about the JSU Field School programs available for the system’s students.
The next board meeting will be Nov. 4 at 6:30 p.m.
Staff writer Laura Camper: 256-235-3545. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.