Stephens Co. BOE Looks At Facilities Plan

The Stephens County Board of Education starts 2013 by receiving information on the school system’s facilities plan.

Thursday, the Board of Education met for a meeting, work session, and board training.

The topic of the board training was the system’s facilities plan and the renewal of that plan.

Doug Fields, who is helping the school system with the plan, as well as Dr. Sandy Addis from Pioneer RESA, spoke to the board on the plan.

Every school system has to renew its local facilities plan at least every five years and that process is underway in Stephens County.

Stephens County School Superintendent Sherrie Whiten said the facilities plan is a comprehensive look at the entire system.

“Well, the facilities plan is a plan that looks at all of our needs,” said Whiten. “It looks at what we have in Stephens County as far as facilities and it is something that we have to submit to the state, so that they can look at it, and then later on, should we need a building or need something, they will go back to that facilities plan and see if that is part of what we actually put in our facilities plan.”

Whiten said that can include very large projects, as well as improvements like new flooring or other repairs.

Fields and the board went over the different things that the state looks at in the plan, how it helps to fund the projects in the plan, and other details about the renewal.

No specific projects were discussed in detail, but Whiten said that before the new plan is finalized, priorities will have to be set.

“What the board will need to do now is, looking at that plan and looking at our needs moving forward, what are their top three priorities, what are things we need to work on, what do they deem to be the most important things moving forward,” said Whiten.

Whiten said the current facilities plan expires at the end of the year.

Thursday was also the first board function for new members Jim Ledford and Tony Crunkleton.