True to its budget planning promise, Clarke County School Board chairman Barbara Lee (Pine Grove) told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that the district had eliminated 8.17 positions from its payroll. Lee told the supervisors that six positions were eliminated through attrition and one position was saved by offering fewer classes. Lee confirmed that one staff member had been released from service.
After making the reduction-in-force statement, Supervisor Pete Dunning (White Post) challenged Lee’s position by asking about other positions that the school district had recently added.
“But you have also added four IT postions, isn’t that true?” Dunning asked.
“We have removed 8.17 positions and added four new positions” Lee confirmed. “We have saved $225K through our actions.”
Walking Path Update
School Board member Robina Bouffault followed Barbara Lee with a construction update for the supervisors. Bouffault said that plans to close the walking path had changed and the path will now remain open throughout the CCPS spring break period.
“The path will remain open during the entire break” Bouffault said. “We always like to please our public.”
Rain Delay Construction
Bouffault said that inclement weather is beginning to have an impact on the school construction schedule.
“The nine rain days that we’ve had are beginning to impact the construction schedule” Bouffault told the supervisors. “Pouring the cement curbs and parking lot paving can’t be done in the rain.”
Bouffault said that while soggy conditions are making outside work difficult, inside duct and electrical work is still proceeding.
Bouffault pointed out that parts of the school infrastructure are already being used, namely the storm water management pond at the east end of the site.
“The storm water management pond is working as we speak” Bouffault said.
Mosby Street Lighting
Bouffault told the supervisors that Virginia Department of Transportation plans for Mosby Boulevard continue to evolve in a negative way.
“The street lights being proposed by VDOT are very high and very ugly” Bouffault said. Bouffault said that VDOT’s proposed street lights, which Bouffault said were significantly larger than the existing street lights, are being required to span the large distance from the existing easement and across the walking path to reach a point near the center of the street.