During Monday night’s meeting, board members approved the rental of Ki-Ro Gambrell Field for one day in April to Man Up Ministries, a local organization of men who help to inspire younger generations of men.
“They’re going to host an event in April to encourage young men in the community. It’s a local group, local ministers,” said Jasper City Schools superintendent Robert Sparkman. “What our facility usage requires, and there’s a bunch of stuff, is you have to pay rent, have an employee there during the whole event and pay them, pay power, water, have legal documents and liability insurance before you can use one of our facilities. That’s our facility usage policy we passed probably about a year ago, maybe longer.”
The ministry group will pay $800 for rental, plus the costs of water, power, supervision and a $1 million liability insurance policy. Sparkman added that members of the group had previously spoken with Walker High School’s head football coach Heath Brunner, who was already in agreement with the ministry to use the field.
When asked if the city system’s facilities were rented out on a regular basis, Sparkman said, “It’s not regular, but we have a church group that actually uses our auditorium, and they’ve done the same thing. They actually pay a monthly rent that’s a larger sum than that even to use it.”
In other business, the board:
•approved the minutes of the Feb. 24, 2014, board meeting.
•approved the financial report and bank reconciliations. Monique Rector, Jasper City’s chief school financial officer, said the ending general fund balance for February was at $6.8 million. The ad valorem tax for the city picked up “greatly” while the county’s ad valorem tax picked up a “little,” according to Rector.
The special revenues ending fund balance was $1.7 million. The capital fund ending balance is $4.5 million, and the summary of all funds total ending balance was $13.4 million.
“The revenues are better this year than they have been in the last few years. Ad valorem has gone up,” Rector said. “So, the local revenues are keeping us where we want to be. Our fund balance is very healthy, and expenditures are right in line with where they need to be this time of year.”
•approved the local adoption of social studies textbooks.
•approved two overnight field trip requests for the high school’s Beta Club and the technology team from Maddox Middle School.
•approved the disposal of surplus items.
•approved the superintendent’s report. Sparkman said there was a number of personnel retiring. A question was asked regarding contract renewals. Sparkman said the contracts were the board’s standard three-year contracts that they’ve had for the past eight to 10 years. He said board members simply had to approve the renewal of four current principal contracts whose old contracts were soon to expire.
•recognized new employees within the city school system.