STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA )                    OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONERS

                                                            )                    STOKES COUNTY GOVERNMENT

COUNTY OF STOKES                   )                    DANBURY, NORTH CAROLINA

                                                            )                    JUNE 9, 2008

 

 

 

           

            The Board of Commissioners of the County of Stokes, State of North Carolina, met

 

for a Public Hearing regarding the proposed fiscal year 2008-09 County Budget in Courtroom

 

“A” in the Government Center located in Danbury, North Carolina on Monday, June 9, 2008 at

 

7:00 pm with the following members present:

 

                                                Chairman J. Leon Inman

                                                Vice-Chairman Jimmy Walker

Commissioner Ron Carroll                                         

Commissioner Ernest Lankford

                                                Commissioner Stanley Smith

                                   

                                                County Personnel in Attendance:

                                                County Manager K. Bryan Steen

                                                Clerk to the Board Darlene Bullins

                                                Finance Director Julia Edwards

                                               

                                               

            Chairman Inman called the Public Hearing to order and delivered the invocation.

                       

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

            Chairman Inman opened the meeting by inviting the citizens in attendance to

 

join the Board with the Pledge of Allegiance. 

 

            Chairman Inman welcomed those in attendance and expressed the Board’s appreciation

 

to those who have taken their time to come to take an interest in county government.

 

The following spoke during the public hearing.

 

Mr. John Hedrick

111 N Front Street

Elkin, NC

Re:  Library Support

 

(Joan Sherif, Northwestern Regional Library; Ann Nichols, King Public Library; Betty Smith, Walnut Cove Public Library, and Nora Lankford, Danbury Public Library were in attendance for the Public Hearing)

 

Mr. Hedrick expressed his appreciation to the County Manager for proposing the funding for the second part of the salary pay plan in next year’s appropriation, for proposing funding for additional staff at the King Public Library and to the Board for considering the proposed library funding.  Mr. Hedrick also expressed his appreciation to the Board for the allocated funding for the renovations at the Walnut Cove Public Library.

 

Mr. Wayne Flippin

1040 Elastic Plant Road

Westfield, NC  27053

Re: CoOp

 

Mr. Flippin requested funding for the CoOp, which would enable the CoOp to assist farmers with the new dripped irrigation system and market produce to larger chain stores. Mr. Flippin noted an educational grant provided the funding for the implementation of the drip irrigation system last year.

 

The following spoke regarding funding for a salary adjustment and pay scale based on years of experience for teacher assistants employed by the Stokes County School Administration:

 

Doris Meachum

2162 Taylor Road

Westfield, NC  27053

 

Ms. Meachum noted the following:

¨      Urgent need for a salary adjustment and pay scale based on years of experience for teacher assistants in Stokes County

¨      Worked for Stokes County Schools for 29 years

¨      Salary adjustment and pay scale long overdue

¨      Importance and duties of a teacher aide

¨      In 2002, No Child Left Behind Program mandated teacher assistants must become highly qualified, years of experience was not considered

¨      After teacher assistants became highly qualified as required, there was no additional salary compensation

¨      In 2005, other employees who did not have to obtain additional training were placed on a new salary pay scale that was based on years of experience and school size

¨      Requested the Board provide funding for a salary adjustment and pay scale based on years of experience for teacher assistants

 

 

 

 

Tonya Fulk

101 Princeton Court

King, NC  27021

 

Ms. Fulk noted the following:

¨      Urgent need for a salary adjustment and pay scale based on years of experience for teacher assistants in Stokes County

¨      Value of teacher assistants

¨      Duties have changed with no salary increase

¨      Assistants work one on one with students

¨      Assistants are vital to the overall function of the school

¨      Support funding for a salary adjustment and pay scale based on years of experience for teacher assistants

 

Pam Hall

PO Box 724

King, NC   27021

 

Ms. Hall noted the following:

¨      Need for a salary adjustment and pay scale based on years of experience for teacher assistants in Stokes County

¨      Worked for Stokes County schools for 30 years with very little salary adjustment

¨      Set up a new classroom and actually taught the class for the first six weeks of school due to no teacher available

¨      Request the Board the support the salary adjustment and pay scale

 

Kara Yates

209 Kensington Drive

King, NC  27021

 

Ms. Yates noted the following:

¨      Need for a salary adjustment and pay scale based on years of experience for teacher assistants in Stokes County

¨      Supports teacher assistants in the classroom

¨      A teacher assistant is a valuable support to the teacher

¨      Teacher assistants make a difference in the classroom and do so much for Stokes County children

¨      Need for a salary adjustment and pay scale based on years of experience

 

Shannon Boles

105 Fox Brook Court

King, NC  27021

 

Ms. Boles noted the following:

¨      Need for teacher assistants in the school system

¨      Teacher assistants are expected to do some of the same duties as the teacher

¨      Teacher assistants duties are constantly changing

¨      Vital to the classroom

¨      Teacher assistants teach students, they are student assistants

¨      Duties of a teacher assistant have changed drastically, so should their pay

¨      Request the teacher assistants receive the respect they deserve and the recognition required to keep these valuable players in our game called “school”

¨      A salary adjustment and pay scale based on years of experience for teacher assistants is at the top of the list for funding this year

 

Erin Lynch

113 Pineview Drive

King, NC 27021

 

Ms. Lynch noted the following:

¨      Need for a salary adjustment and pay scale based on years of experience for teacher assistants

¨      Duties of teacher assistants have changed over the years

¨      Expressed appreciation to the teacher assistants at King Elementary School for their dedication to the students

¨      Requested the Board support teacher assistants who support Stokes County children and their community

 

Pam Warren

110 Elinor Court

King, NC  27021

 

Ms. Warren noted the following:

¨      Request the Board approve funding for a salary adjustment and pay scale based on years of experience for teacher assistants in this year’s county budget

¨      Job descriptions and requirements have changed, but pay levels have not changed

¨      Have lost valuable teacher assistants due to low wages, some work two jobs to pay the bills

¨      Request support for a salary adjustment and pay scale

 

Crystal Vinyard

134 Jefferson Church Road

King, NC  27021

 

Ms. Vinyard noted the following:

¨      Supports a salary adjustment and pay scale

¨      Valuable duties of a teacher assistant

¨      Teacher assistants are very hard workers and very dedicated

¨      Teacher assistants have a passion for their job, if not, they would not work for the low wages

¨      Request support for a salary adjustment and pay scale

 

Ms. Betty Smith

PO Box 706

Walnut Cove, NC  27052

RE:  Walnut Cove Public Library Renovation Project

 

Ms. Smith noted the following:

¨      Presented an update on the Walnut Cove Library Renovation Project

¨      Slightly behind schedule on the completion of the renovation project

¨      Walnut Cove Library’s Summer Reading Program will be held at London Elementary School this year

¨      Anticipate a grand opening in early September

¨      Expressed appreciation to the Board for their support

¨      Invited the Board visit the new renovations

 

Mr. Tom Southern

203 Faye Court

King, NC  27021

RE:  King Senior Center

 

Mr. Southern expressed his appreciation to the Board for funding in the 2007-08 budget for the King Senior Center.  Mr. Southern noted the Center was up and running and off to a very good start.

 

Mr. Devin Rhodes

Stokes Rockingham Vol. Fire Chief

Pine Hall, NC 

RE:  Grant Funding

 

Fire Chief Rhodes spoke on behalf of Stokes Rockingham Vol. Fire Department, Francisco Vol. Fire Department, Sauratown Vol. Fire Department, and Northeast Stokes Vol. Fire Department, which were recently awarded the 2008 Volunteer Firefighter Grant (NC Office of State Fire Marshal) totaling $57,712.20. (Francisco = $9,660; Northeast Stokes = $6,420; Stokes-Rockingham = $29,787; and Sauratown = $11,845.20) 

 

Fire Chief Rhodes noted the following:  

 

Chairman Inman requested those in attendance who support a salary adjustment and pay

 

scale for teacher assistants continue their quest with the Board of Education for they are the

 

ones who make the specific decisions on the use of funds appropriated by the county to the

 

schools; Board of Commissioners does not line item the school’s budget.

 

Chairman Inman expressed appreciation to those in attendance.

 

 

Adjournment

 

There being no further business to come before the Board, Chairman Inman

 

adjourned the Public Hearing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

_________________________                                  _____________________________

Darlene M. Bullins                                                    J. Leon Inman

Clerk to the Board                                                    Chairman