From left, Lee County Board of Education Vice Chair Robert Clay watches a Teacher of the Year video with Sylvia Vann, the board's chair, at its monthly meeting Monday. Holly Black, one of the system's elementary school teachers, was named Lee County's Teacher of the Year.
LEESBURG -- Among the several new policies and actions approved by unanimous vote at the Lee County Board of Education's regular monthly meeting Monday was an action to clear funding for the construction of the system's new elementary school.
The approval allows school system officials to open today two new bank accounts at Colony Bank. These two accounts will be related to bond sales and refinancing to open up funding for the construction of another elementary school in Lee County, which is set to begin in late December or early January.
Through these actions, the system will be able to receive $10 million today and an additional $5 million in January.
In relation to the new school, the board also approved an action to make Georgia Power the electrical service company for the facility.
The provider will be charging a rate of 3.9 cents per kilowatt hour. The other provider up for consideration was Sumter EMC, which would have charged a rate of 5.3 cents per kilowatt hour.
Among the other items approved was a revision to the system's leave and absence policy. The revision allows for an additional personal day for non-certified employees who have been with the system 25 years or more and have 20 days of accumulated leave.
The superintendent also reported that roughly 97 percent of students using the health services resources within the schools are returning to class, and that 42-44 percent of the system's student population is on free or reduced lunch.
The enrollment of the system is staying flat at 6,300 students, Walters said.
"It is flat, but our building permits are also flat," he said. "We are not losing students by any means."
The board's recognitions for the night included Holly Black, a fourth-grade teacher who has been named the system's Teacher of the Year, and the Lee County Ledger, which the board has nominated for the Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals Educational Patron Award.
Chair Sylvia Vann, Vice Chair Robert Clay, Greg Duke and Frank Griffin were the board members in attendance. Louis Hatcher was absent.