Board gets update on County Career Center; begins to plan for spending new
By Doug Sanders Jr.
Editor and Publisher
The Pickens County Board of Education last Monday got a report on the first week
of operation of the Pickens County Career Center, held their first mandatory
budget hearing and received a report on how they may begin to spend the
revenues from the recently passed one-cent sales tax.
Board Member Annie Jackson expressed how delighted she was to see students back
at the LaDow Center (the Career Center’s former name). She recalled when she attended the school where the former
teachers used to have their rooms, such as Annie Pearl Brown and Ben Jackson.
She said the center will “help the kids in the community. I’m happy to see it again.”
Superintendent of Education Jamie Chapman agreed and said their goal was to
enroll at least 100 students at the Career Center, and as of Aug. 18, they had
141 students there. “We’ve got a few bumps in the road we’ve got to overcome,” said Chapman, like overcrowding on some of the buses. He added that the center
would not have been possible without the full support of the Board. He
commended Career/Tech Director Alma Somerville, Counselor Debra Wiggins and
Maintenance Supervisor Rufus Wilkins and his crew for putting in long hours
getting the facility ready.
Chapman added that they have emphasized to the students that the Career Center
is a great opportunity for them, and not just a place to go to get away from
THE NEW ONE-CENT SALES TAX
Chapman said the new one-cent sales tax for education will begin to be collected
on Oct. 1, and the Board should receive its first collection around Oct. 31. In
the budget hearing, it was estimated that the existing one-cent sales tax for
education generates about $875,000 a year. He asked Chief School Financial Officer Jennifer Shirley to explain how the new sales tax
will be accounted for.
Mrs. Shirley said she will set up a separate additional funding source account
to keep up with the new sales tax. She said when she gets the weekly reports of
sales tax collections which will include the old sales tax and the new sales
tax, she will simply divide that figure in two, putting half in the general
fund and half in the new account.
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