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McKinley Architects & Engineers

Williamson Shriver Architects

The Thrasher Group

January 17, 2020 - Volume 40 Issue 2

Could a new vaping and tobacco tax pay for free preschool in Colorado? Advocates want to ask voters in November. Article

“Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.” – Victor Hugo (1802 –1885), French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic  Movement. Hugo s considered to be one of the greatest and best-known French writers. Outside France, his most famous works are the novels, Les Miséserables 1862, and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame French: Notre-Dame de Paris), 1831. In France, Hugo is known primarily for his poetry collections.

“Stability is critical for our system right now.” – Supt. Steve Paine at a hearing for the Education Department’s budget before a House of Delegates committee

“The primary driver for state aid funding is student enrollment, which declined during fiscal year ’20 as compared to fiscal year ’19.” – Amy Willard, director of school finance for the Department of Education

“That’s a powerful tool.” – Delegate Daryl Cowles on teacher induction programs, which are in line for more than $4.6 million in increased funding

“There’s a major discrepancy there in the funding that’s causing a major issue for the Greenbrier County schools.  Should that not be based mileage compared to student enrollment?” – Delegate Jeff Campbell, saying larger counties should get more funding for bus drivers than counties that are smaller with less mileage to cover.

“We are funding at almost 50 percent of the total requests that come in. As we look to the future and possible options to meet the needs of school construction, the authority continues to evaluate all options. Using any unspent funds that are appropriated for debt service as those bonds mature, then we have excess funds in that debt service line. What we would like to do is take that…money and put it toward school construction.”  -- Sue Chapman, chief financial officer at the School Building Authority, in a budget hearing before legislators

“Planning is critical. Local county boards of education must develop a 10-year comprehensive educational facilities plan.” – School Building Authority Executive Director David Roach

“The principals don’t run the SSAC; the SSAC runs the principals.” – Jim Dagostine, a former teacher and coach in Putnam County who wants the Secondary School Activities Commission to be investigated

“I don’t see any problem with having a performance audit. It is an unusual situation with the SSAC, and so that’s the reason why this bill was on the agenda.” – Senate Education Chairwoman Patricia Rucker on Senate Bill 192 to audit the SSAC

“It’s a private organization that’s been in existence for more than 100 years. I’m not aware that anything is broke that needs to be fixed. I’m not opposed to government. The government does an awful lot of good things, but the private sector does some good things, too.” – Bill Wooton, legal counsel for the SSAC

“It’s a little bothersome to think that maybe we’re up here talking because somebody’s upset with one of the decisions that we’ve made somewhere down the road.” – David Cottrell, the longest-serving member of the SSAC’s board