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Supervisors to discuss school funds

January 26, 2015

The Henry County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider appropriating $255,359 in state funds to county schools.  

According to board documents, the Henry County School Board has requested that the supervisors approve an additional appropriation of $255,359 that it received from the state Department of Education as a result of increased student enrollment.

According to Henry County Schools Superintendent Jared Cotton, the extra funds will be used in the instruction, administration, attendance, health and textbook categories within the school system. 

Also at the board’s 3 p.m. meeting at the County Administration Building, the supervisors are scheduled to:

• Consider approving an additional appropriation of $12,900 received from Eastman Chemical Co. for participation in the Strategic Economic Environmental Design (S.E.E.D.) Beautification Program. 

The funds would be used to develop a landscaping garden at the U.S. 220 Business interchange at Bassett Forks.

• Consider approving an additional appropriation of $2,400 in asset forfeiture funds to the office of the commonwealth’s attorney to cover travel expenses for the remainder of the fiscal year. 

• Hear a report on an audit of county accounts for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. A representative of the firm Creedle, Jones and Alga P.C. will address the report and answer questions.

• Hear an update on activities at the Henry-Martinsville Health Department from West Piedmont Health District Director Dr. Jody Hershey. 

• Hear an update on activities at Philpott Lake from lake operations manager Craig “Rocky” Rockwell.

• Consider awarding a contract of $64,549 to CarpetLand USA Inc. of Martinsville to supply and install carpet on the fourth floor and portions of the second floor of the administration building. 

The existing carpet is in poor condition due to water damage from the leaking roof prior to its repair. The roof since has been repaired, and the project was completed under budget.

County staff has recommended that the savings from the roof repair project be used toward the new carpeting. 

• Hear a monthly update on economic development from Lisa Lyle, director of recruiting and marketing for the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp.

• Hear a monthly report on delinquent tax collection efforts from Henry County Treasurer Scott Grindstaff. 

• Hear routine reports from building inspection; report by district; parks and recreation; public safety; the sheriff’s office; the YTD report; and county Administrator Tim Hall.

• Hear monthly financial reports. 

• Approve accounts payable.

• Enter closed session to discuss appointees to the Industrial Development Authority; pending legal matters; acquisition/disposal of real estate; as-yet unannounced industries; and a special award. 

At the board’s 6 p.m. meeting, the supervisors are scheduled to:

• Consider approving a resolution honoring the Magna Vista High School football team. 

On Dec. 13, the team won its first Virginia High School League Group 3A State Football Championship after defeating Lafayette High School 25-19 at Liberty University.

Coaches, staff and student athletes of the team 

are expected to attend the meeting to accept the resolution.

• Hear an update on general highway matters from Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Resident Engineer Lisa Hughes. 

• Hear matters presented by the public. No one has yet requested time on the board’s 6 p.m. meeting agenda.

• Continue the meeting until 3 p.m. Feb. 2. 

At that time, the supervisors will convene at the Henry County Public Safety Complex on Dupont Road for the board’s annual planning session. The session will include a tour of Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre. 




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