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Health insurance tops school board agenda

Halifax County School Board members will take a close look at a health insurance cost analysis prepared by Director of Finance Jay Camp Thursday when they meet at 7 p.m. in the public meeting room of the Mary Bethune office complex in Halifax.

 The meeting, normally held on the second Monday of each month, was scheduled for Thursday this week due to the Columbus Day holiday.

In September Camp informed board members that excess money had been found already budgeted that could be used to fund the $1.1 million increase in health insurance premiums up for renewal Oct. 1.

In other action Thursday evening, Superintendent Dr. Merle Herndon is expected to present the Virginia School Board Association Academy awards, and Clays Mill Elementary School Principal Sherry Cowan is expected to make a presentation.

Only one citizen, Cheryl Wilkerson, had registered by the end of last week to speak at the Thursday meeting.

In other business, Division Testing Coordinator Nancy Zirkle is slated to report on the schools receiving state accreditation, and Director of Maintenance and Operations Larry Roller is expected to give an energy consumption report.

Roller also is expected to present information on a No. 2 fuel oil and LP gas bid. 

Director of Student Services Beverly Crowder is scheduled on the agenda to present information to board members concerning education field trips and fundraising activities.

Chairman Karen Hopkins is expected to ask board members to approve a work session to be held Thursday, Oct. 18, at 5 p.m.

According to Herndon, there are several topics that need to be discussed and worked on including evaluation forms for classified employees as well as a superintendent evaluation form.

“There are other policies we need to discuss and topics to work on,” said Herndon.

Camp is expected to give the financial report and seek payment of bills.

Prior to adjourning, the board is slated to go into closed session to discuss personnel, student discipline and consultations.