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Tyler County Schools Transportation Department Rated 100 Percent

By Hannah Morris - Staff Writer | May 12, 2021

The Tyler County Board of Education met on Monday, May 3 to discuss the budget, trip requests, and new employments. After the Pledge of Allegiance, Superintendent Shane Highley announced the return of the Summer Food Service Program.

Under the superintendent’s report, President Linda Hoover asked about any new legislative bills that would affect the school system. Treasurer Jeff Davis mentioned a House Bill about well production costs. Currently, the expense cap is $75,000, and anything over is taxed; the oil and gas companies have gone to the Supreme Court requesting the expense cap be raised in order to pay less in taxes.

Davis said that Tyler is one of the counties that will take the biggest hit.

“We really don’t know exactly what the cost is gonna be. I’ve seen numbers from a 9 million dollar loss to us, to a 149 thousand dollar loss for us. We think it will be somewhere on the lower end.” Superintendent Highley then brought up House Bill 3293 that Governer Jim Justice signed in April; the bill bans transgender students from participating in sports that align with their gender identity.

The Transportation Department was rated 100 percent; Tyler County was one of eight counties in the state to recieve a perfect score.

Along with a perfect score, the new “world class” bus garage has now taken occupancy, and furniture has been moved into the offices. There are hopes before the 2021-2022 school year begins for tours to be held in the High School and the Bus Garage for the public to see the new facility and renovations.

There was another meeting held with SREB about plans in progress with new improvements for the Middle and High Schools. Superintendent Highley will continue to give updates on any plans that are discussed.

President Hoover thanked Superintendent Highley for everything he has done before moving on to approving the 2021-2022 Preliminary Budget. The total budget for next year, Treasurer Davis stated, is $49,179,000.00.

Davis also mentioned that there will be new video display boards placed outside of all Tyler County schools. In addition to those outside of the school, another board will be placed in the High School gymnasium. There will also be a second scoreboard put up in the Middle School gymnasium that was purchased by Dominion Energy.

All other requests and new employments were approved, along with Jacob Myer’s request to take his science class to AIB on May 19 to conduct science demonstrations for the third graders.

The next Regular Meeting will be held Monday, May 17 at 7:00 PM.